ROUND ‘EM UP: Gareth McLennan riding a local stallion named Moscato owned by Paul and Karen McLennan.
ROUND ‘EM UP: Gareth McLennan riding a local stallion named Moscato owned by Paul and Karen McLennan.

Take a look at the beauty of life in the country

SOUTH Grafton photographer Stephanie Donohoe says she is only a weekend enthusiast, but her photos tell stories of colour and beauty found only in rural Australia.

Five of Ms Donohoe's photos were published in Outback Stations: Life on the Land by the People Who Live There, a contributed photo book on life in rural Australia.

Ms Donohoe said she started taking photos at campdrafts seven years ago because her friends and family all went and enjoyed the classic rural Australian sport.

"Taking campdraft photos is my favourite," Ms Donohoe said.

"I aim for a nice, neat photo of the horse and rider coming round the pegs and prefer front on shots.

"I was very excited and proud when the book came."

Ms Donohoe said she was astounded by her improvement when she looked back on her first photos.

"We all learn and we all develop, we just have to get out there and have a bit of fun," she said.

She said the proceeds of the book would go to the Royal Flying Doctors.

Outback Stations: Life on the Land by the People Who Live There author Daniel McIntosh said the book was born from a Facebook page he made to show his friends what his life as a station cook in Manbulloo, Northern Territory was like.

He said his page was so popular that the ABC approached him to make a book.

"It went from one lousy like to 52,000," Mr McIntosh said.

"I took anybody's photo.

"Every photo tells a story, you don't need to be a professional.

"A lot of people don't know what the station life is like, so we made the book to show the world.

"We could have made that book 600 pages because of all the photos sent in, I might need to make a volume two."

He said the book was available through the ABC and would be available through other bookstores September 1.



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