Tales of an adventurer

Dubbo Photo News - - Emergency Issues - By NATALIE HOLMES

AF­TER a hec­tic year which in­cluded vis­it­ing 551 prop­er­ties in 365 days, Alice Mabin is plan­ning to go bush for some rest and re­cre­ation.

“I’m go­ing all Bear Grylls,” she laughed. “I’m go­ing into the Never Never with a bag of clothes, a box of matches and my diary.”

Ms Mabin is look­ing for­ward to fill­ing her days with catch­ing and cook­ing her din­ner and tak­ing a break from tech­nol­ogy for a while. She’s not even tak­ing her cam­era which has be­come the tool of her trade.

“I don’t want an agenda, I just want to switch off,” she told Dubbo Photo News.

For­merly a jil­la­roo and then Pfizer An­i­mal Health em­ployee, Ms Mabin changed ca­reers five years ago when she be­came a pho­tog­ra­pher.

“I got to the point where I’d had enough,” she ex­plained.

In 2013, Ms Mabin packed her (cam­era) bags and fol­lowed the drov­ing ex­pe­di­tion of 18,000 cat­tle from Winton in western Queens­land to Hay in NSW – 2000km of dust and toil which be­came the in­spi­ra­tion for her first book, The Drover.

From there, she joined the lifeblood of Aus­tralia and New Zealand’s trans­port sec­tor on a jour­ney of 130,000km across the two coun­tries, cap­tur­ing all the tri­als and tri­umphs of the in­dus­try.

“Af­ter my car was hit by a truck, I spent 18 months hitch hik­ing and learn­ing to drive road trains,” she said.

The end re­sult was The Driver, which fea­tures more than 700 im­ages of truck­ing fam­i­lies, their rigs and the com­pa­nies be­hind them.

Ms Mabin’s lat­est ef­fort has been a year in the mak­ing, vis­it­ing dif­fer­ent kinds of farms all over Aus­tralia.

“I spent 12 months work­ing with over 500 farm­ers to put The Grower books to­gether.”

The two books show­case the ded­i­ca­tion of farm­ing fam­i­lies and the im­por­tant role they play as pri­mary pro­duc­ers.

“Peo­ple take truck driv­ers and grow­ers for granted. Un­til you go without all of those things, you don’t re­alise what we have got.

“Con­sumers buy the cheap­est things, un­for­tu­nately, that’s how ev­ery­thing is geared. The cost of liv­ing is go­ing up but wages haven’t changed.”

Go­ing on-farm, Ms Mabin was able to snap var­i­ous im­ages by pitch­ing in and help­ing the landown­ers. It was a chal­leng­ing yet re­ward­ing pe­riod.

“I made some amaz­ing friend­ships which helped me get through it.

“I’ve been very lucky to be able to have done the things I’ve done. And Aus­tralia is lucky to have th­ese things show­cased.”

Grow­ers from the lo­cal re­gion to fea­ture in the books in­clude An­drew Gill from Nar­romine, Jack Bren­nan from War­ren, the Mud­ford fam­ily of Park­dale Meri­nos, Dubbo, and Nigel Kerin from Yeo­val.

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