Broome Photographer

Broome photographer Peter Strain has been recognized with three major museum exhibitions for his Wildlife Art and his work has been published widely. In 2011 his work was included in the prestigious "25 years of Australian Geographic Photography" book.

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Peter is also the most experienced...

...industrial, aerial and commercial videographer and photographer...

...permanently based in the Kimberley region of Australia's northwest.

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Peter Strain operates Broome Pictures and lives in Cable Beach in the Kimberley, Australia.

To quote from a feature article in Photo Review Australia by Steve Packer (link to come?)

Strain grew up in the Cape Naturaliste area in southern WA and moved to Broome about 20 years ago. In the 1970s he started working in television while also getting into underwater stills with rigs he built himself and the Nikonos system.

While living in Broome, he has also managed the core creative team that developed the sucessful musical, Bran Nue Dae (recently made into a movie), and was the producer and director of the first series of the TV comedy, The Mary G Show.

While continuing to take photographs for his studio...in Broome, he travels regularly by four wheel drive, boat and light aircraft to remote parts of the Kimberley coast to film for television, industrial, mining and advertising projects.

Where is Broome?
Broome is 2,200 kilometers north of Perth on the remote Kimberley coast of northwest Australia.

And where is Kimberley
The Kimberley is a massive remote region in northwest Australia. To get a sense of the size and remoteness of the Kimberley - it is...

...three times as big as England,

...comparable to the whole of California,

...slightly bigger than Japan.

With no cities, only about ten significant towns; and only another dozen small Aboriginal communities. Only three of the towns have populations over 2000...

...Broome - about 15,000

...Kununurra - 7,000

...Derby - 5,000

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Koolan Island on the Kimberley coast 200kms north of Broome

The principal industry for the Kimberley is becoming mining and oil and gas. Much of the population of the region may become dependent on these industries in some way. Fortunately there is only mining on four of the 2500 islands of the Kimberley coast (so far) and oil and gas and mining have made very little impost on the coastal and inland region as yet.

Tourism however has reached out to most of the remote coastal areas and the industry has recently begun to realize the necessity of regulation. The state and federal governments are developing environmental protection processes that are beginning to recognize the need to manage these coastal areas in partnerships with Indigenous stakeholders. Recent declaration by the Federal government of a...

...National Heritage listing for much of the more remote parts of the Kimberley coast...

...has been welcomed by many, but is arguably unlikely to effect the region in the short to medium term.

However with the...

...recent determinations of the survival of Native Title in several key Kimberley coastal regions...

...some Aboriginal groups have been legally recognized for their continuing residence, cultural connections and rights to determine various cultural, social, economic and environmental interests in their relevant areas.

It is important to realize that half the population of the vast Kimberley are of Aboriginal descent and the total population is less than 40,000.

Broome is a small town, although the largest in the Kimberley, tucked away at the bottom of the Dampier Peninsular, it is still just a tiny speck on the map of the Kimberley.

While Peter Strain is a Broome photographer, much of his work has been on the vast remote coastal areas of the Kimberley...

starting about 200 kilometers north of Broome -

...Cygnet Bay and beyond - the truly remote pristine Kimberley shores.

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Broome - seen at the top left of this shot as it is almost dwarfed by the immensity of the world famous Cable Beach at low tide

Broome photographer, Peter Strain is one of the most experienced photographer and videographers used to working in the Giant Tides environment in the Kimberley. Broome and The Kimberley has tides that rise and fall up to eleven meters.

He is a specialist wildlife art and marine photographer, and also works with television companies, aerial, mining and industry projects; and documentary photography and videography in the north of Australia and southern Asia.

He has a background in television production and experience with remote area logistics for the north of Australia as a media practitioner and expedition leader.

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...the Line of Sight Exhibition...

...the website...

...and Broome and the Kimberley...

...are very welcome

Contact Broome Photographer, Peter Strain below or call 042155 3785 (in Australia) or +6142155 3785 (international)

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