My Garden Path – Will Salter – Fact Sheets – Gardening Australia

SERIES 31 | Episode 28

We meet garden and landscape photographer Will Salter, whose love of capturing both natural and beautifully designed spaces has sparked an interest in creating his own garden on Boon Wurrung Country.

His images often reflect the patterns in nature as well as more evocative landscape shots,

“Nature is my passion in both my life and my work,” Will says. “Many people don’t have a connection to nature but I hope, if I can capture it in an image, they will resonate with that.”

His love of photography started with a small Instamatic camera that he took with him when he spent a year as a jackaroo. He started a course in horticulture but transferred mid-way to photography.

For many years he worked as an adventure travel and overseas aid photographer. After starting a family and moving to Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, his focus turned to his immediate backyard instead. This led him to Musk Cottage, the home of garden designer Rick Eckersley. The pair became friends and Will says he has borrowed some visions and ideas from Rick’s garden and emulated them at home.

His current garden contains mature trees but the border plantings are only a year old; it is the third he has created and includes a mix of native and exotic plants.

Another designer he works with is Nadette Cuming, who created the Yalambie garden in Merricks.

Will’s number one tip for garden photography is to put the camera down and look around first, for sight lines and try to evoke a feeling.

Filmed on Boon Wurrung Country

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