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Latest vision from ND5’s Southwest Light project

17 May 2012 at 10:23pm


A year on since ND5 (Ninety Degrees 5) was formed and Southwest Light is nearing completion.

South West Light is a collective of five creatives journey through Australia’s Southwest photographing this spectacular region to share its wonders to a worldwide audience.

The association of these photographers was born from the origins of ‘The Pilbara Project’, an ongoing journey through Western Australia’s North West mining region, facilitated and curated by FORM in Perth. It was because of this opportunity the five creatives, Les Walkling, Tony Hewitt, Peter Eastway, Christian Fletcher, and Michael Fletcher felt compelled to continue the connection they made whilst traveling the Pilbara.

Australia’s South West region is a pristine environment of forests, beaches, farmland, and river systems. The diversity of landscapes and stark contrast to the Pilbara made it a desirable choice to photograph. Along the way we invited great photographer and friend, Nick Rains to join us as a guest photographer.

As Southwest Light comes to fruition the next phase of its evolvement has started, being the post production of many images. Follow our journey at nd5.com.au

Australia’s Southwest along with Tourism Western Australia have been fundamental in facilitating this journey. Without their ongoing support this expedition have’ not ‘of eventuated.


Crank the music as the BASS is awesome from these artists. Buy it if you like it. I did…

Music score

Touch and Go (Sonver Mix), by Animat from the album “A Promise of Snow”
Purchase album here. itunes.apple.com/au/album/a-promise-of-snow/id350000246

Timestretch (Westcoast Low Fi Mix), by Bassnectar from the album “Timestretch”
Purchase album here. itunes.apple.com/au/album/timestretch/id361080282

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  1. Sheldon says:

    Thats awesome Mike, fantastic job, can’t wait to see the final outcome

  2. Fabulously awesome guys. I am more than just a little envious. Looks like you guys had a lot of fun along the way too. I guess landscape photography need not be a purely solitary pursuit.

  3. Tom Putt says:

    Tony Hewitt is my fav – he looks rugged!

  4. Yes Richard, collaborations are great fun and you get inspired along the way. When we get together we never stop laughing. It is a great chemistry we have.

  5. Mal Peacock says:

    Superb production and wonderful storytelling, Absolutely fantastic choice of soundtrack for the second half – energising.

  6. Stuart says:

    Killer video, Mike. Some of those stills you squeezed in there as filler are not half bad, either.

  7. Steven fudge says:

    Great video michael, looks like a lot of fun was had and some stunning scenery captured en route .

  8. Tina says:

    Awesome video Michael, can’t wait for the exhibition now!

    P.S Peter cracks me up 🙂

  9. Pete Hodgson says:

    Entertaining vid Mike, love the time lapse and the audio with it.

  10. It is good to see Australia’s finest landscapers joining forces. Though one would think that such combined mindpower would attempt to progress the standards rather than stick with what has already been presented over and over.

    When the combined photograhic forces of f/64 came together they attempted to nudge photography in the right direction by introducing straight photography to the world. Not every aspect of straight photography was critical to photographic evolution, but the underlying idea was far more important most will ever know. The idea that photography is at its most powerful when certain aspects of the real are emulated with strict precision.

    Since the death of its members (most especially Ansel Adams who practised straight photography with a more refined precision than the rest of f/64) and the invention of digital, photography has strayed from its rightful path back into a dank, repetitive world of pictorialist nonsense which only undermines the power and clarity of real photographic expression. Why attempt to copy the artistic methods of old from non-photographic mediums when we have the power to copy life itself? Where are the images that represent light so well that they are cannot distinguised from the real thing? The human mind will always prefer the well established glint of light on a rock or reflected from a stream over the work of an artist that attempts to fill the void via pictorialist connotations. All great art in any medium avoids weak sentimental-subjective conceptons.

    Once you have critically examined an Ansel Adams fine print you may begin to understand where I am coming from. It seems that the evolution of landscape photograhy came to abrupt halt the day that the world lost Adams.

    I am not trying to judge, and this is certainly not selective as is happening world over but I am merely wondering where the experiementation is? It appears that every member of your group is toting a state of the art digital camera which are yet to gain ground over the 75 year old subtractive colour film process.

    Who will step up and have the insight to open there eyes – and then open them again?

    • Stuart says:

      Wow. I guess that’s a complement of sorts…? Best not to start Mr Eastway on the topic of deifying Ansel Adams – it could all turn very nasty…

    • Some like weatbix with warm milk, others like it with cold!

      Everyone has a right to like what ever they want so thanks for your comments.

      Don’t know if you could call Ansel Adams a “straight”, photographer though, and as for Tom Putt, he definitely isn’t a straight photographer!

      We choose to use the best digital technology currently available and try to create images to the best of our abilities. We can’t all be Ansel Adams but we try!

      • Sorry Christian, my comment was not meant in offense.

        But I strongly believe that photography is at its most powerful when it is investing in the real. The psychological impact thrown upon a viewer having seen a print of such nature is unparalleled.

        You may think I am deifying Ansel, but the reason that he had a total domination slaughter victory over landscape photography was because he knew these facts better than anyone. And yes your right, he certainly did not follow all of the rules initially set out under the definition of straight photography but he did take from it the most important part – the fact that photography is seeing.

        Whether it can be achieved in colour photography anytime soon is another question. The biggest problem is that if you miss your values by a bit…you may as well have missed by a mile.


  11. Dan Scott says:

    Another excellent video mike, looking forward to seeing all the prints when they are ready.

    Hey Christian why is there a small smiley face on the top right hand corner of the new images Tab?


  12. Ian says:

    Another wicked show. Im currently assisting wedding photographers and soon will be going out on my own. The reason only being is to save some money to be able to shot my first love, landscapes. I figure i will eventually make some money to be able to fund my journey. My senior financial controller (wife) gave me no other option.

    The things we do for love.

    Always enjoy coming over mate.

  13. Stakky says:

    What an epic video. Really, show that shot of the plane coming in to land accompanied by that soundtrack and even the most expressionless of teenagers will get kicks from it.

  14. Dylan Fox says:

    thought maybe at least 25% of this vid would have been dedicated to me when you blokes ran into me at Sugarloaf…. tut tut

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