Author(s): Scott Bridle
Helicopter pilot and photographer Scott Bridle offers a unique view of the vast cattle stations and raw natural beauty of outback Australia. Traversing Queensland, the Northern Territory and South Australia, his aerial shots - often captured one-handed while flying his chopper - reveal anew the vast expanses and beguiling patterns of this unique land. Stunning images of the grand country are accompanied by portraits of some of the men and women who live and work there - from Aboriginal elders to young jackaroos - displaying an intimacy and sensitivity that reflects Scott's two decades working the cattle stations.
'There's no doubt Scott is one of the best photographers working in the outback today. Time may confirm that he's one of the best ever.' - Evan McHugh
Scott's early years were spent on his family's grazing property in the Glenmorgan District of south west Queensland. He went to boarding school in Toowoomba where he took art classes, and in the holidays he could be seen taking photographs of daily property life, always from an unusual viewpoint: from the top of the windmill or standing on the cab of the ute. He was often after the bird's-eye view. For the past twenty years Scott has worked as a stockman on vast landholdings in the Queensland and Northern Territory outback. As the quintessential 'Ringer from the Top End', he has experienced the toughness of life on the land while appreciating and celebrating the awesome beauty and wanting to share it with others through his photography. He became a helicopter pilot in 2002 and since then has mustered cattle mainly out of Mt Isa over some of the most isolated country and roughest terrain in Australia. It is mostly in this atmosphere that Scott has found the subject matter for his images. The landscapes and portraits are forged out of that raw landscape and bring to the viewer his intimate knowledge and appreciation of this unique country. Scott is based in Meandarra in south-western Queensland.