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Glen Forrest resident Richard Woldendorp, 92, is exhibiting rarely seen photos from his early works collection Picture: CLARE STROUD

See the hills in black and white

RARE photos from the early career of award winning hills photographer Richard Woldendorp are on display for the first time at Mundaring Arts Centre.

Woldendorp: A Black and White Retrospective is a celebration of the Glen Forrest photographer’s first experimental images taken across three continents and almost twenty years. 

Although best known for his aerial landscape photography, these rarely seen black and white images were printed by Woldendorp through the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

Many were inspired by the Perth Hills, Woldendorp’s backyard since 1951.

“I’ve always photographed trees and the environment,” he said.

“The cities and suburbs are over colorized, over commercialised, I prefer to look at nature and the landscape in general.

“There’s always something different to photograph (in the hills), we have an undulating landscaping.”

Born in Holland in 1927, the 92-year-old’s images include portraiture of iconic Australian artists and politicians, aerial photography around Western Australia and a series of images from Indonesia, taken after his time in the country with the Dutch Army.

Woldendorp returned to the Southeast Asian country in the early 1970s, to create a series of images that would form the beginning of his publishing life.

The freelancer said his wife pushed him to exhibit his early works and the Mundaring Arts Centre was the perfect space as he lived his whole Perth life in the hills.

“I’ve always lived in Darlington, and more recently Glen Forrest, places like the Mundaring Weir have been a part of it for the last 50 or 60 years,” he said.

“Midland junction has changed a lot from the railway system to what it is developing into now and the new hospital. 

“Midland has had quite a change, but Mundaring, not quite so much.”

Woldendorp: A Black and White Retrospective is on display at the Mundaring Arts Centre until July 15, Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am to 3pm.

For more information visit www.mundaringartscentre.com.au

By Claire Ottaviano

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