@adamfergusonphoto, who grew up in #Australia, recently spent 3 months traveling across

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@adamfergusonphoto, who grew up in #Australia, recently spent 3 months traveling across

@adamfergusonphoto, who grew up in #Australia, recently spent 3 months traveling across

@adamfergusonphoto, who grew up in #Australia, recently spent 3 months traveling across the country’s vast interior. He traveled by camper van and truck on a journey of more than 12,000 miles, across desert, mines, wheat belts and cattle stations. The #outback of Australia’s post-colonial imagination, he writes, “involves an explorer confronting an untamed land, trying to forge a country through hard work and freedom; its archetypes include drover, stockman, Aboriginal tracker, gold miner, shearer, landlord and outlaw.” During his travels, he met people who fill those roles. But, he writes, “these archetypes are, increasingly, being squeezed out by modernization.” Rural Australia is a place in decline — and “Australia isn’t unique in that regard. It’s the same story the world round. But I think it’s more pronounced in Australia because the population in many places is so sparse.” Still, his project is in many ways a testament to the openness of the people he encountered in the bush. “One cliché that rang true on my travels,” he writes, “was genuine country hospitality.” Swipe left to see more of @adamfergusonphoto’s #portraits — “a collection of faces, clothing and backdrops that I see as puzzle pieces of the outback I discovered.” Visit the link in our profile to read the full story.

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