Robert Perriam

Robert Perriam

Location: Australia

Robert (Bob) Perriam, for forty years a field geologist working in the exploration industry in remote areas of Western Australia, I carried a camera and photographed the landscapes which I visited. Now retired I use a small motor-home to make photographic trips to remote and scenic areas. My preference and inspiration is for pristine wilderness landscapes, trees and wildflowers untouched by the hand of man.

I do not follow any specific artistic style, or seek to imitate the work of any artist. I seek only to depict in a natural way, the often-harsh beauty of the landscapes, vegetation and lighting of Australia, in particular the landscapes of the inland deserts.

In my photographic practice, I work entirely with ambient light. I do not use flash because it produces garish colours, I do not use high dynamic range because of its un-natural contrasts, and I dislike oversaturated colours. In using ambient light, as far as possible I choose camera angles relative to the sun to give dramatic lighting effects, however, I usually have to take scenes at the time of day and in the weather in which I find them, so not every image has dramatic lighting.

Images in this profile illustrate a small selection of my landscape and wildflower photographs, rendered digitally as watercolour, oil/acrylic painting effects, and a streaked 'aura' rendition, which some might see as an aura of the earth.

I have added folios of mostly urban landscapes from towns and cities of France and Britain, prepared from photographs taken while travelling in those countries in recent years. This is a departure from my usual preferences, but the simply built medieval villages, towns and castles of southern France offer many picturesque scenes, while the more elaborate architecture of Paris and the Loire Valley offers a more studied kind of beauty.

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The Hot Dry Inland

The hot dry inland of Western Australia, is the region where I spent much of my working life, often getting into remote places where very few people go. These are some of the landscapes which I encountered.

Causeways on Lake Lefroy “Causeways on Lake Lefroy”

This image won an honourable mention in the 2012 Artavita International Masters Photography competition.

Salmon Gum: Watercolour effect “Salmon Gum: Watercolour effect”

This image won an honourable mention in the Ninth Artavita Contest

London Bridge at Sandstone, Western Australia. “London Bridge at Sandstone, Western Australia.”

This image won runner-up status in Artavita contest no. 25, October-November 2017.

The South-West Forests

The tall timber eucalypt forests of the South West of Western Australia grow in high rainfall mountainlands, and are an area which we travel to frequently in our litle motorhome.

Dark Waters “Dark Waters”

The dark waters of the Blackwood River at Sue's Crossing. The waters are dark with tannin which they have absorbed from the surrounding forest.
This image won Artist of the Month in Photography and Digital Art in the April 2017 Artavita competition.

Dark Waters Transition “Dark Waters Transition”

The dark waters of the Blackwood River in transition from calm to rapid.
Image entered in the April 2017 Artavita competition.

Morning Dew “Morning Dew”

The early morning sun shines through dew covered Eucalypt leaves in the forest.
This image won runner-up status in the Artavita competition of July 2017.

Wildflower Details

Detail images of native flowers which grow mostly in the heathlands of Western Australia. Most are presented in 'Aura' effect, except for the Jug Orchid, which is presented as a photographic image.

Yellow Coneflower, Aura Effect. “Yellow Coneflower, Aura Effect.”

This Image won an honourable mention in the Artavita contest of November 2013.

Australian Jug Orchid “Australian Jug Orchid”

This image was a finalist in the competition for Current Masters Vol.4 covers and frontispiece, of December 2018.

The Kimberley

A remote, rugged and beautiful region in the far north of Western Australia with varied and often spectacular scenery.

The series of images of Limestone Cliffs in Giekie Gorge were taken during a late afternoon boat cruise along the Fitzroy River through the gorge. The bleached effect on the lower part of the cliffs is the result of submergence of that part of the cliffs during the annual wet season floods. The sculptural forms of the cliffs are the result of solution weathering of the limestone during rain and submergence.

Images in the group entitled 'Limestone Cliffs in Giekie Gorge' won Finalst / Certificate of Excellence status in the 32nd Artavita contest, Covers of International Contemporary Masters 13, June 2019.

The image "Stairway to the Moon; Roebuck Bay, Broome" won finalist status in the Circle-Arts Competition to exhibit at Spectrum Miami in December 2019.

Limestone Cliffs in Giekie Gorge “Limestone Cliffs in Giekie Gorge”

Fluted patterns on the limestone surface.

Limestone Cliffs in Giekie Gorge “Limestone Cliffs in Giekie Gorge”

A lone tree growing in a solution cavity in the cliff. Trees growing along the base of the cliffs are submerged during the annual wet season flood.

Limestone Cliffs in Giekie Gorge “Limestone Cliffs in Giekie Gorge”

A freshwater Mangrove growing in a crevice in the cliff. It will be submerged for weeks or months during the annual wet season flood.

Limestone Cliffs in Giekie Gorge “Limestone Cliffs in Giekie Gorge”

Late afternoon light reflecting off the rippled water, forming a ripple pattern on overhangs in the cliff.

Limestone Cliffs in Giekie Gorge “Limestone Cliffs in Giekie Gorge”

The overhanging cliff facing the late afternoon sun. A freshwater Mangrove growing in a crevice.

Limestone Cliffs in Giekie Gorge, Sunset “Limestone Cliffs in Giekie Gorge, Sunset”

The cliff ablaze in the light of the setting sun.

Stairway to the Moon; Roebuck Bay, Broome “Stairway to the Moon; Roebuck Bay, Broome”

When the full moon rises at sunset, at low tide, as it always does, this scene of the moon reflected off the mudflats of Roebuck Bay presents its-self.

Wildflower Landscapes of the Inland

Inland Western Australia is a Desert, but once in a few years, after an exceptionally wet winter, the desert blooms. These photos were taken at Coalseam Nature Reserve in the spring of such a year. All are presented in oil-acrylic effect.

Competition Entries, December 2014

This group of digitally manipulated landscape photographs are mostly of scenes in Western Australia, coastal and inland, with the sunrise photographs taken at Lake Dunstan, in the South Island of New Zealand. All were entered in the Artavita competition of December 2014.

Images from this group were among the sixteen finalists (of 415 entries) selected in the final group from which the winner was chosen, winning an Honourable Mention.

Sunrise Cloudscape: Aura Effect “Sunrise Cloudscape: Aura Effect”

Lake Dunstan, surrounded by mountains, often produces spectacular sunrises, when the sun, still below the mountains, sets the clouds aflame, with the spectacle reflected in the dark waters of the lake, and the landscape reduced to a black silhouette.

Coastal Waters: Shark Bay “Coastal Waters: Shark Bay”

Shark Bay is a wide shallow bay on the West Coast of Australia, the habitat of extensive sea-grass meadows where many marine creatures live. This image is dominated by the shallow bottom, with an overlay of rippling wavelets.

The Old People: Stromatolites at Hamlyn Pool “The Old People: Stromatolites at Hamlyn Pool”

Stromatolites (living rocks) are among the most ancient life-forms on earth; their fossilised remains are found in rocks dated radiometrically at more than three billion years old. In this current era, they can only form in waters where marine organisms which would smother or eat them cannot live. The waters of Hamlyn Pool are hypersaline, so other organisms cannot live there and stromatolites form.

In the traditional lore of the local aboriginal people the stromatolites were "The Old People,' the Ancestors.

Inland Waters: Shannon Dam: Watercolour Effect “Inland Waters: Shannon Dam: Watercolour Effect”

The South West of Australia does not have large rivers or deep lakes, but here and there the forest opens at a dam or pool, and the dark waters reflect the tall timber of the forest.

Inland Waters: Lake Lefroy Cloudscape: Oil/Acrylic Effect “Inland Waters: Lake Lefroy Cloudscape: Oil/Acrylic Effect”

Lake Lefroy is usually a salt pan in the inland, but when there is sufficient rain, water flows into it and forms a shallow hypersaline lake with low islands. On this day, a dramatic cloudscape combined with a mirror-calm lake to form this scene.

Bush Timber: Ghost Gum: Watercolour Effect “Bush Timber: Ghost Gum: Watercolour Effect”

Ghost Gums, with their white bark, renewed every year, are characteristic of the north of Australia. This one lives in the East Kimberley, in the far north of Western Australia.

Bush Timber: Corkwood: Watercolour Effect “Bush Timber: Corkwood: Watercolour Effect”

Corkwood (Hakeas) are small trees which naturally grow into bonsai-like shapes. This image was taken looking up into the crowns of two trees, in the East Kimberley region, in the far north of Western Australia.

Bush Timber: Native Pine: Watercolour Effect “Bush Timber: Native Pine: Watercolour Effect”

Native Pines in inland Western Australia are very particular about where they will grow, usually in quartz sand and gravel in particularly inhospitable locations. They often grow into strange Bonzai-like forms over long periods of years.

The Textures of Timber

The desert trees of Western Australia produce barks and timbers with interesting textures and colours. The Eucalypts grow new bark each year and shed the old bark often producing smooth colourful new surfaces. Dead wood of many species weathers over decades to beautiful patterns and textures, reflecting the grain of the wood, the weather and often the activities of generations of termites.

The competition entries in this group won an honourable mention.

Desert Eucalypt Bole “Desert Eucalypt Bole”

A desert Eucalypt on a dewy winter morning, in the process of shedding last year's bark and growing new bark. The reddish colour of the old bark is emphasised by the dew.

This photo was entered in the International Contemporary Masters Cover Competition, April 2015

Weathered Native Pine Bole “Weathered Native Pine Bole”

The texture exposed when an Australian Native Pine has died, shed its bark, and the timber has weathered for a few years, etching out the patterned grain.

This image was entered in the Artavita International Contemporary Masters Cover Competition, April 2015.

Dead and Alive: Eucalypt “Dead and Alive: Eucalypt”

A desert Eucalypt bole, part dead, part alive. The living portion has recently shed its bark exposing fresh new bronze coloured bark.

Accacia Bole “Accacia Bole”

A few years of weathering has etched out the grain of this dead Accacia bole.

French Townscapes

Townscapes are something different from my usual preferences, however there is a simple unpretentious charm about these largely medieval villages and towns, encountered during a river cruise on the Rhone, in southern France which appeals to me..

All images are presented in watercolour sketch effect.

The images of the village of Viviers were entered in the 16th Online Artavita Contest, and achieved runner-up status and a Certificate of Excellence in that contest.

The Montmartre, Paris

The Montmartre in Paris is famous as a suburb where rebellious artists have lived and worked, and as a centre of the Red Light trade in Paris, and has been so for more than a century. Each time we have visited Paris we have stayed in the Montmartre, and these images are some of the results of our exploration of the area.

This group of images have been entered in the Artavita competition of November 2015, for @Artexpo, New York, April 2016, and achieved runner-up status.

Blanche, Boulevard de Clichy “Blanche, Boulevard de Clichy”

Oil/Acrylic Effect

The block of Boulevard de Clichy between Blanche and Pigalle metro stations is the centre of the Red Light trade in the Montmartre, and features in many tours of Paris. The Moulin Rouge in the background is probably the most famous cabaret in the world, and was where Henri de Toulouse Lautrec produced much of his work.

The Montmartre, Paris “The Montmartre, Paris”

Oil / Acrylic Effect

Paris is wall to wall apartment buildings with shops in the ground floor. As you go up the hill in the Montmartre the apartments become grander, and very expensive houses appear.

Le Bistro de Montmartre “Le Bistro de Montmartre”

Oil / Acrylic Effect

Around the corner from the Moulin Rouge, in Avenue Rachel is this simple bistro, serving simple but tasty French Cuisine.

Montmartre Roofscape “Montmartre Roofscape”

Watercolour effect.

Yeagarup Beach and Dunes

Yeagarup beach on the south west coast of Western Australia, is accessible only by four wheel drive, with reduced tyre pressures, by way of several kilometres of sand track through the dunes, including some dune climbs which are a challenge even to experienced off road drivers. With such difficult access, the beach is, at most, very sparsely populated, but for those able to get there, Yeagarup provides endless pristine dune and beach photo opportunities. Here are a few examples, presented in Oil -Acrylic effect.

Images from this group won Runner-Up status and a Certificate of Excellence in the 18th Artavita contest, March 2016.

Rock Waves

Granite Domes are a feature of the landscape in the southern part of Western Australia, and many have wave formations on their margins. Here are some examples. All are rendered in oil / acrylic effect.

These images were awarded runner-up status in the 21st Artavita Competition, October to December 2016.

The Kangaroo Paws

The Kangaroo Paws are a strange group of flowers which are native to the south and west coastal areas of Western Australia, and nowhere else. There are several species, all with furry tubular flowers, pollinated by birds. The Green and Red Kangaroo Paw is the most striking, and is the floral emblem of the state of Western Australia, while the Black Kangaroo Paw is the strangest, and grows only in poor gravelly soils in inhospitable places.

The South Coast of Western Australia

The South Coast of Western Australia includes many beautiful headlands, bays, beaches and inlets. Some are difficult to access, and most beaches are not crowded. Some coastlines such as the Torndirrup coast near the City of Albany face the south westerly winter storms of the Southern Ocean, and are wild rocky places.

The images of the Gap won runner up status in Artavita contest No. 24, August 2017.

The images of the Royal Hakea won Runner UP status in the 34th Artavita contest, October 2019, to exhibit at ArtExpo NY, April 2020.

Royal Hakea 1 “Royal Hakea 1”

The native range of the Royal Hakea (Hakea Victoria) is Fitzgerald River National Park on the south coast of Western Australia and nearby areas. The Royal Hakea is noted for its spectacular coloured foliage, which stays on the bush for about three years, changing from yellow when new to orange and red as it ages.

The Champagne Caves of Epernay, France

These images were taken in the Champagne caves in Epernay, France, where champagne is stored during its bottle fermentation and ageing. The images were taken in ambient light, which was rather dim. Each recess in the cave accommodates 10000 bottles of champagne, and there are about 20km of caves.
The image 'Cave' won finalist status in the 28th Online Competition, July 2018.

The Top End of the Northern Territory, Australia

The Northern Territory of Australia extends from the north coast southwards into central Australia. The Top End is the near coastal region of billabongs (wetlands), high plateaux, and river gorges, populated by crocodiles and many species of water birds. These images were captured in Kakadu National Park (the Yellow Water Billabong) and Nitmiluk National Park, (the Katherine Gorge), during a motorhome expedition across the Kimberley and Northern Territory in May - June 2019.
Images of this group won finalist status in the 33rd Artavita competition in August 2019,