Scott Bridle

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Scott Bridle’s early years were spent at Erambie, his family’s grazing property in the Glenmorgan District of south-west Queensland, where he first became absorbed with and developed a passion for the land.

From an early age he was surrounded by art and artists: his mother,  an accomplished landscape painter, hosted many workshops with visiting artists from the Flying Arts School, and introduced art-making to her children as a natural part of life. Scott developed a love of nature and an affinity with the land early in his life.  His first photographs were taken at the age of 10 using a Kodak Instamatic. Photography was then, and still is, his way of expressing his feelings about the bush and property life.

Scott has worked as a stockman since 1990 on vast landholdings in the Queensland and Northern Territory outback: in the Channel Country of far south-western Queensland and in the Gulf and on the Barkly Tableland in the Northern Territory. He became a helicopter pilot in 2002 and, since then, has mustered cattle over some of the most isolated country and roughest terrain in Australia.  He has experienced the harshness and toughness of life on the land while appreciating and celebrating its incredible beauty.  It is mostly in this atmosphere that Scott has found the subject matter for his images.

Scott’s landscapes capture the raw beauty of outback Australia from vantage points seen by few.  His portraits breathe empathy for his subjects who seem to be wrought from the tough country in which they live and work.  The images are brought to the viewer here so they may share in his intimate knowledge and enjoyment of this unique country.