Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is the true heart of Australia both geographically and emotionally for many people. Sitting right in the middle of nowhere in a remote desert, this spectacular national park is truly an iconic and highly photogenic landscape. As an Australian landscape photographer, I have wanted to photograph Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) for many years. Recently I finally had the opportunity. I spent the month of June in a campervan photographing the Northern Territory, including six days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
Rising out of the surrounding Central Australian desert, Uluru and Kata Tjuta totally dominate the landscape. These spectacular red rocks and domes which are millions of years old, are Australian icons for a reason, they are absolutely breathtaking - a must see for all Australians and international travellers alike. Over six days of photography, I regularly found myself standing there in awe. You can not help but appreciate how special this area is. There is truly nothing else like it in the world.
In photographing both Uluru and Kata Tjuta, I wanted to convey as much of the true feeling of this area as I could through my photographs. I've now released my first photographs from this trip, available for purchase through the online store. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Uluru and Kata Tjuta and hope you enjoy the first round of images.
Australian Icon. The ever changing colours and hues of Uluru make this one of Australia's most well known and photographed natural landmarks. Rich in significance to its traditional indigenous owners, Uluru truly is an Australian icon. After five days in a row with not a single cloud in the sky, here I photographed Uluru at sunset as clouds rolled in over the area. With pink and magenta hues highlighting the clouds and the rock itself bathed in magnificent red light, this truly was an ideal time to photograph Uluru. For me, this resultant photograph captures much of the essence that makes Uluru so popular.
Ulura Awakening. Thousands of people visit Uluru, often just to climb the rock or watch its famous colour changes at sunrise and sunset. To really appreciate and understand Uluru I think you need to walk around it. Dwarfed by the huge size of the rock and taking in the stories of the local indigenous culture, Uluru can have a remarkably humbling presence. Having felt the impact of this rock over a number of days of exploring it and its surrounds I really wanted to capture something a little different to the usual photos of Uluru. On this occasion, with the sun below the horizon, Uluru appeared a stunning red colour, making the rock stand out from the surrounding landscape and highlighting the fascinating patterns that sweep down the sandstone sides of Uluru.
Ancient Land. No journey to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is complete without a visit to Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), a striking group of ancient domed rock formations huddled together west of Uluru. There are 36 boulders shoulder to shoulder, forming deep valleys and steep-sided gorges. Many visitors to the area find them more captivating than their prominent neighbour Uluru (Ayers Rock). Together these giant stone formations form the two major landmarks within the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. The ochre-coloured shapes of Kata Tjuta are an intriguing and mesmerising sight. I had been exploring Kata Tjuta all day, but as the day drew to an end, I was drawn to capturing this angle and the ever-changing colours of the landscape. As I set up for this photograph, it was an awe-inspiring scene as the domes appeared to glow and turn a deep shade of red. I was sure the moment I had been waiting for would soon be at hand and as I pressed the shutter, I knew I had photographed the magnificence of this ancient land.
Spiritual Heart. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is the true heart of Australia both geographically and emotionally for many people. Sitting right in the middle of nowhere in a remote desert, this spectacular national park is truly an iconic landscape. The spectacular red rocks and domes which are millions of years old, are not only absolutely breathtaking but represent an important aspect of local living Aboriginal culture, stretching back tens of thousands of years. Today, Uluru is now a place that is special for all Australians. When I visited I could not help but appreciate how special this area is, there is nothing else like it in the world. When photographing Uluru and Kata Tjuta together, I wanted to convey as much of the true feeling of this area as I could through my photographs. With magnificent panoramic views of both Uluru and Kata Tjuta on the horizon, I stood absorbing the ever changing landscape. For me, the resulting photograph captured the spiritual heart of Australia.
Majestic Uluru. Uluru is one of the largest monoliths in the world and has countless moods and manifestations. Here I photographed Uluru from the western side with the sunset behind me. With the sun below the horizon, Uluru appeared a stunning red colour and the sky in soft pastel, making the rock stand out from the surrounding landscape and highlighting the fascinating patterns that sweep down the sandstone sides of Uluru. In the foreground, the moving spinifex adds focus to a sea of rich red earth and a distant desert oak.