Netherlands born 1927
Mount Newman, Iron ore train at Newman W.A. (1977) Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph
Woldendorp was aware of the limitations of a ground level viewpoint in the flat terrain of the outback. An assignment on the Mount Newman mine railway in the 1970s that involved shooting from a helicopter showed what he could do creatively from the air. His work gained in clarity with the use of powerful telephoto lenses which compacted the spatial planes whilst retaining the recognisable forms of the scene. In aerial work Woldendorp often chose to eliminate the horizon line, emphasising the powerful linear and planar forms of the landscape.
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