Coasting to Sydney

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on August 9, 2018

SHOTS of the South Coast made it to one of Sydney’s most prestigious exhibition spaces last week thanks to Perth music and travel photographer Jarrad Seng.

Denmark’s Elephant Rocks, Lake Hillier off the coast of Esperance, The Gap in Albany are some of the locations Seng visited to create The Edge: Margaret River and Beyond.

The images hung on the walls of the Hyatt Regency Sydney for a month, from July 9 to August 2.

While boarding a plane to Brazil, the photographer and ex-Survivor contestant told The Weekender he enjoyed his trips to Southern WA, armed with his Canon 5D and a handful of lenses.

“I travel all over the world in search of nature’s hidden gems,” he said.

“The truth is, there is so much to see in our own backyard that holds up against the world’s best.

“I loved the road trip down to Esperance; there’s so much diversity and rugged beauty in this region.

“I mean, when you think of the region, you might automatically conjure up images of pretty wineries and golden sunsets, and yes, that is all there, but I think the real heart of it is the raw nature.

“Crashing waves against the cliff side at The Gap, the breathtaking Lake Hillier tucked away in the deep south, the raw beauty of Elephant Rocks in Denmark … it really does feel like we live on the edge of the world.”

Seng’s exploration of the South Coastal rugged terrain was not his first tangle with a challenging scenario, having chased sunsets, artists and wildlife across the world to get the perfect snap.

He’s conquered early morning missions in the freezing cold, hunting the Aurora, rooftop heights, five-day Vietnamese cave hikes and a nudie run down Perth’s Hay Street to do what he does best.

“As of this year, photography has taken me to all seven continents, Antarctica being the final piece of the puzzle,” he said.

“It’s amazing to realise that a humble camera in my hand has taken me all around the world, from the plains of the Serengeti to the northern lights of Iceland.”

He said it was the craziness of photography that kept him going.

“Whether it’s backstage at a rock show or in the middle of the Namibian desert, I find myself most creatively inspired amidst the unknown,” he said.

“I mean, it’s often quite scary and anxiety inducing and very stressful, but that’s where the fun begins.”