The college was lucky enough to host renowned photographer and alumnus Murray Fredericks (fR 1989) as part of our Life of the Mind week, celebrating the pursuit of cultural and artistic excellence.
Widely considered as one of Australia’s foremost landscape photographers, Murray Fredericks enjoyed a formal dinner with both past and current residents, discussing his own journey from an Economics student to an artistic photographer.
Murray’s tales of journeys and expeditions to far-flung destinations in pursuit of the perfect shot struck a particularly strong note with our own photography enthusiasts. As the co-sec of Photography this year, as well as an Economics student, Murray’s journey from a highly quantitative discipline into the far more subjective art of photography resonated very strongly with me.
Of particular interest to the residents who spoke to Murray were the tales of his expeditions, often spending years returning to one place, chasing an exceedingly elusive shot. Sometimes producing as few as two or three images a year (after months of work), it was clear that Murray was not a ‘run-of-themill’ landscape photographer. Rather, his relentless attention to detail and classically trained eye produces images that are highly-acclaimed by critics. His works from projects such as Salt and Greenland are still being exhibited across Australia, and continue to redefine his genre.
In addition to speaking to our residents, Murray also premiered his film, Salt, chronicling his time on the salt flats of Lake Eyre. Taking place over several visits, often for weeks at a time, the stark reality of Lake Eyre’s barren landscape becomes clear. Battling the elements, extended solitude, and boredom, Murray’s tale of dedication and perseverance was inspiring for all present in the audience. It was an evocative and moving film, exemplifying the values we foster in our residents at College.
Murray Fredericks’ work can be found at www.murrayfredericks.com.au.
– Angus McCrabb