These images are from BLAZE a series of large-scale landscape
photographs that reflect on fire as a seminal element of both the
ancient and contemporary Australian experience of country.
Fredericks intervenes in environmentally stressed areas of
Australia’s ephemeral river systems, utilising non-destructive
methods. He juxtaposes blazing trees and flames against
expansive lakes and waterways that were flooded during the La-
Nina cycles of 2022/23.
Carefully attaching bendable gas lines sourced from film industry
pyrotechnical specialists to skeletal trees, the flames burn long
enough to capture the image before extinguishing. These
captivating, almost hallucinogenic visions of the landscape invite
reflection on the powerful yet fragile nature of the Australian
environment, where fire remains an indelible part of cultural and