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Outback - Scott Bridle

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Published: 21st November 2012
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Helicopter pilot and photographer, Scott Bridle offers a unique view of the vast cattle stations and raw natural beauty of outback Australia. Traversing Queensland, the Northern Territory and South Australia, his aerial shots – often captured one-handed while flying his chopper – reveal anew the vast expanses and beguiling patterns of this unique land.

Stunning images of the grand country are accompanied by portraits of some of the men and women who live and work there – from Aboriginal elders to young jackaroos - displaying an intimacy and sensitivity that reflects Scott's two decades working the cattle stations.

About the Author

Scott's early years were spent on his family's grazing property in the Glenmorgan District of south west Queensland. He went to boarding school in Toowoomba where he took art classes, and in the holidays he could be seen taking photographs of daily property life, always from an unusual viewpoint: from the top of the windmill or standing on the cab of the ute. He was often after the bird's-eye view.

For the past twenty years Scott has worked as a stockman on vast landholdings in the Queensland and Northern Territory outback. As the quintessential 'Ringer from the Top End', he has experienced the toughness of life on the land while appreciating and celebrating the awesome beauty and wanting to share it with others through his photography.

He became a helicopter pilot in 2002 and since then has mustered cattle mainly out of Mt Isa over some of the most isolated country and roughest terrain in Australia. It is mostly in this atmosphere that Scott has found the subject matter for his images. The landscapes and portraits are forged out of that raw landscape and bring to the viewer his intimate knowledge and appreciation of this unique country.

Scott is based in Meandarra in south-western Queensland.

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    4.0

    I may need another copy - or two

    By SJR

    from Melbourne

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        I bought this book as a gift from a local bookseller. Glanced through and had to have it. Bought two more copies from Booktopia (at a discount to the local bookseller) one as a gift for someone special and one for home. Its special, a delightful gift for someone who loves the Australian outback in all its facets. Good quality, interesting, great photographs.

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        5.0

        Beautiful photos

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          What a beautiful book. The photographs of the Australian outback are simply amazing. This book would make a beautiful gift for anyone, particularly if they are from overseas.

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          5.0

          Excellent - recommend to most readers

          By Eliz.

          from Western Queensland.Australia

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            Great book to give as gift and describes the Outback honestly and clearly

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            5.0

            Amazing Outback!

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            from Young, NSW

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              What an amazing & awesome collection of outback photos by Scott Bridle! He has captured the images so beautifully, not only of the landscape in so many ways we have never seen before, but the people who work in it, as well. Such interesting stories to go with the incredible images, it certainly tell a story of the 'Outback', as we would not normally see it. Congratulations to Scott. I would recommend this book to everyone!

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              Incredible pictures, proud to have this

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                Bought this book for a Christmas Present as the recipient is familiar with the outback I am sure he will thoroughly enjoy as I did. Good work

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                'There's no doubt Scott is one of the best photographers working in the outback today. Time may confirm that he's one of the best ever.' - Evan McHugh

                Introduction

                When I was young I loved the bush. I grew up on a sheep and cattle property south of Roma in western Queensland. My grandfather had gone out there and developed it after World War II. My photography started when I was really young. Mum is a painter and a keen photographer so I naturally became interested. I think I was about eight when I got my first little camera. I took pictures of the things I loved about the property: horses, bikes, cattle. I loved what I was doing, being out with Dad. I was proud of our country and our lifestyle.

                After I left home I kept it up. I got a really good camera when I was 17, a Hanimex SLR film camera. I did a trip to Cape York on a motorbike and took heaps of good photos. When I went ringing I took photos and put them in albums. My life story is in albums.

                I spent a lot of years on the ground, as a ringer then a head stockman. I started managing, but these days that takes you away from working with stock. The helicopter was a way of staying close to the land and the cattle. I'd loved the idea of flying from when I was little, so I got my helicopter licence when I was 32, ten years ago now. When I was learning to fly I had a suspicion I'd be taking photos as well. I bought a really good camera in preparation. It was a manual Nikon film camera, but I soon discovered it was very difficult to use while flying. Despite my initial reservations, I had to get a digital camera. They are so much easier. You can even use them one-handed. Since then I've changed my attitude to photography. It's about capturing an image. It doesn't matter in what form.

                My first digital camera was a 6.8 megapixel Olympus. I now use a Canon 1D. The photos I took with the old Olympus are just as good as those on the 1D. The only different thing is now I know I've got the photo in high resolution.

                Most of my best images have only taken about three shots. I find that for some of the best I've only taken one or two. If you try to set up a picture too much, nine times out of ten it doesn't work. You can't force a photograph.

                Flying for work does give you the advantage of being in the right place at the right time. You're flying a lot, often as long as there's enough light to see the cattle, every day for weeks at a stretch. I have the camera sitting on the seat beside me all the time. If I see something, I can easily grab it. I always hang it around my neck because I nearly lost it once. The wind got it and nearly dragged it out of my hand.

                We muster with the doors of the helicopter off. That way you can see the cattle better, and the scrub when you are down low. It also means you can get nice clear photos. A lot of shots I take are looking straight down. This involves rolling the machine on its side, getting a couple of shots and then flying away. It's a combination of flying, getting in the right spot, and working the camera. Often you can feel a good shot. You can feel yourself get to the right place.

                I also appreciate the outback characters. I love taking photos of the Aboriginal people, and the old blokes and women who have been working in the bush all their lives. A lot of people don't understand what goes on out there, but you can read it in the faces of these people, you can see the life they've lived. While the young fellas are enthusiastic, it's still a pretty tough lifestyle. These days it's hard to get skilled workers out on the land, but I'd like to think my photos might encourage young people to get out there and try it.

                I don't know what I'd do if I had to choose between flying and photography. I was thinking about that not long ago. I realised that if I couldn't fly, I'd take photographs and if I couldn't take photos, I'd fly.

                ISBN: 9780670077144
                ISBN-10: 0670077143
                Audience: General
                Format: Hardcover
                Language: English
                Number Of Pages: 160
                Published: 21st November 2012
                Dimensions (cm): 30.7 x 25.9
                Weight (kg): 30.7