Coun­try liv­ing put on show

Pics make the big smoke

Central Queensland News - - NEWS - Louise Shan­non

CLER­MONT lo­cal and “hobby” pho­tog­ra­pher Kate Keyte is plan­ning a trip to the Gold Coast’s Aus­tralian Out­back Spec­tac­u­lar so she can see her own pic­tures on the big screen at the fa­mous tourist venue.

Ms Keyte was at home when she re­ceived an email from the Out­back Spec­tac­u­lar, say­ing they had “fallen in love” with the Dan McIn­tosh books, Out­back Sta­tions and Out­back Mates, and were re­quest­ing her per­mis­sion to use some of her pho­to­graphs pub­lished in the books.

The email read: “We would love to fea­ture the im­ages that you con­trib­uted to these books on screen in our show and on the walls in the venue”.

“The screen would en­tail a mon­tage pro­jected on the stage wall while fea­tur­ing John Wil­liamson’s iconic song True Blue.”

This week, Ms Keyte said she was “very ex­cited” about the dis­play, which is cur­rently fea­tur­ing for a month, and she was hop­ing to make the trip with her chil­dren, Bon­nie and Michael, to see it.

“What an hon­our to be asked to be part of the Aus­tralian Out­back Spec­tac­u­lar.”

She said she liked to take pic­tures of the bush and “our ev­ery­day lives”.

“If I find some­thing that pleases my eye, I’ve got to get my cam­era out and take a pic­ture,” Ms Keyte said.

“The Aus­tralian out­back is such a di­verse area, from its red dirt to its trees to its cat­tle and to the peo­ple who live there.

“I’m pretty proud to be coun­try.”

The sec­ond el­dest of nine chil­dren – she has three broth­ers and five sis­ters – Kate lives in Cler­mont with her hus­band and two chil­dren. She has lived in the town since she was two, and her mother and sis­ters also live lo­cally.

She said Out­back Spec­tac­u­lar or­gan­is­ers wanted “real-life pho­tos of peo­ple who live on the sta­tions”.

“So that’s why they chose the Out­back Mates book – they looked at the book and wanted to in­clude them in the show.”

She said some of her ‘typ­i­cal’ pho­tos in­cluded her grand­chil­dren who live in Cler­mont – sib­lings Mia, 10, Da­mon 14, and An­drew, 15 – play­ing in the dam.

“It’s part of our ev­ery­day life – peo­ple live in the city and they’ve never got to have a mud­slide in a dam or muster cat­tle.

“I just hope peo­ple en­joy them as much I en­joy tak­ing them. This is part of my life and what I’m used to see­ing.

“I just like to show peo­ple what our Aus­tralian bush is like – a pretty fan­tas­tic and amaz­ing place.”

Ms Keyte said she was al­ways in­trigued by the photo op­por­tu­ni­ties in the out­back.

“I’ve lived in the coun­try all my life, and there’s al­ways a sur­prise some­where and al­ways some­thing nice to see in the bush.”


GREAT MO­MENT: Cler­mont pho­tog­ra­pher Kate Keyte will have her work on dis­play at the Aus­tralian Out­back Spec­tac­u­lar.

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