We stayed a couple of days at Salt Creek in the Coorong on our way back from Adelaide from Melbourne so that I could pick up the second part of the edgelands project after a hiatus. I had been working on the Australian abstraction and Fleurieuscapes projects and I wanted to concentrate on the edge lands associated with the River Murray. I wanted to check out whether the Coorong offered any possibilities.
My starting point was a familiar spot that I knew from when I briefly photographed here several years ago, and I was quite happy to return there and begin to photograph in terms of South Australia landscapes. We arrived at Salt Creek in the late afternoon and I checked out the location for a 5x4 shoot whilst we were on a poodle walk in the late afternoon light.
I was thinking of constructing this low lying lying landscape into horizontal strips of land, sea and sky. The lush afternoon light made the image too picturesque, and it placed too much emphasis on natural beauty for the edge lands project. When I photographed the next day with the 5x4 Linhof it was in flat morning light so that this landscape would look more stark and weird.