Stu Murphy Drone photography Grafton Wetlands portrait

Stu Murphy with crashed drones.

At $2,400 a pop sending drones crashing into the earth’s surface is not cool. North Coast artist Stu Murphy should know as he’s done it twice in a week. The irony of the last crash is that it was during a promo shoot using previously crashed drones as props.

“My 10-year-old son George was flying the drone getting images of me from above spread out like a starfish when it kind of just fell out of the sky. We’re a pretty calm mob and just roll with the punches when things like this happen."

Stuart’s upcoming exhibition “Pause” invites people to briefly stop, look and think about our wetlands. The contribution that wetlands make to our big blue ball is huge but here in our own neighbourhood we’ve largely abused them. Altering natural hydrology always comes back to bite you and these photos show what we’re doing right here, right now.

The aerial images are quite stunning and capture lines, textures and patterns that are pleasing on the eye. The colours reflected off the surface can be startlingly beautiful from electric blues to super
soft earthy tones. The exhibition includes images that capture marks and patterns created by birds that just have to be seen to be believed.

The exhibition in on display at the Lone Goat Gallery in Lawson Street Byron Bay opening on Friday the 9th of August between 6 and 8PM and running through until the 3rd of September.