Award win­ning photo is now a cover shot

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - FRONT PAGE -

When De­niliquin High School stu­dent Shelby Tag­gert (pic­tured) was look­ing for a way to cope with tur­moil in her per­sonal life, she turned to pho­tog­ra­phy.

As well as deal­ing with the stresses that come with the HSC over the last 12 months, the 18 year-old has en­dured the sepa­ra­tion of her par­ents and a tem­po­rary pe­riod of home­less­ness.

Evening walks would help Shelby clear her mind, as did pho­tograph­ing the sun­sets.

En­cour­aged by her mother Kylie Davis, Shelby en­tered one of her sun­set pho­tos in the Na­tional Cen­tre for Farmer Health 2018 pho­tog­ra­phy com­pe­ti­tion.

It won her the se­condary school com­pe­ti­tion, which asked for en­tries on the topic ‘ Look­ing af­ter your well­be­ing’, and the as­so­ci­ated $100 prize.

Her win­ning photo has since been used by the De­niliquin Busi­ness Cham­ber as the cover for its 2019 De­niliquin Tele­phone & Busi­ness Direc­tory.

The photo is sim­ple but has a deep mean­ing be­hind it, de­pict­ing a Bor­der Col­lie cross Kelpie glar­ing into the sun­set on the farm ‘Al­lo­may’, De­niliquin.

‘‘The photo is ti­tled ‘Walk with my friends’,’’ Shelby said.

‘‘I was out for my reg­u­lar walk and on that par­tic­u­lar night the sun­set was re­ally nice. I saw the dog and thought, ‘wow, this would make a re­ally good photo’.

‘‘I just like tak­ing pho­tos of the sun­set — it’s pretty.

‘‘I pre­fer tak­ing pho­tos of the land­scape and nat­u­ral lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment com­pared to other back­drops be­cause it gives me sense of home.

‘‘Pho­tog­ra­phy is just a hobby for me. Most of the time my best pic­tures are ran­domly taken on my phone.’’

Shelby was re­quired to pro­vide a state­ment re­lat­ing to her photo and how it re­lated to the topic. She said it was based on her ‘‘home life’’.

‘‘I wrote about ex­pe­ri­enc­ing trauma and be­ing iso­lated on a farm, home­less­ness and how walk­ing im­proved my well­be­ing.

‘‘It was a re­lax­ing thing to do and tak­ing pho­tos was my re­lease from it all.

‘‘Prior to ev­ery­thing hap­pen­ing I was ac­tu­ally tak­ing pho­tos of the sun­rise.

‘‘I don’t know what made me change the dif­fer­ent time of the day to pho­to­graph the sun but there’s a lot you can take away from both of them spir­i­tu­ally.’’

The cham­ber’s De­niliquin Tele­phone & Busi­ness Direc­tory, pro­duced by the PASTORAL TIMES, is now avail­able to pur­chase. Books are $5 each.

Grab your copy at De­niliquin Newsagency & Book­store in Cressy St, De­niliquin.

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