Photographer Travels 27,000 km Across Outback, Trading Photos for Accommodation and Food
An Australian wedding photographer completed a 27,000-kilometer round-trip of the country, most of which included traveling through outback terrain, without spending any money. Instead, she traded her photo services with people she met along the way in return for food and fuel.
With just her pet dog, Jordie, for company during the majority of the trip, Edwina Robertson, a wedding photographer by trade, set out to document what life in the bush is really like. She wanted to “highlight the extremes people have to put up with in the bush” and to bring them to the forefront. This isn’t the first time Robertson’s work has garnered media attention. Back in 2015, one of her wedding photos went viral for featuring a bridal party in dirt, in what was an attempt to shed light on the suffering of Australian farmers at the hands of harsh drought conditions.
Over the last few years, I’ve really realized how much of a disadvantage people in the bush have, even basic services like education, health, Internet, and access to doctors. I think there’s this perception that people in the bush are a bit redneck, but they’re very well educated, very resilient, patient, and hospitable. I wanted to show these character traits.
On the journey, Robertson moved from property to property, speaking to rural folk and listening to their respective stories. She relied on their hospitality, taking photos of and for them in return for necessities, spending virtually nothing her entire trip.
In her interview with The Daily Mail, she talks about her experiences encountering strangers in the bush, how she flipped her car, and meeting a man she thought she’d marry before he left and never contacted her again. Read the full story here or find more of her work on her website and Instagram.
Lead image credit: Kaique Rocha from Pexels, used under Creative Commons.
[via The Daily Mail]