The endemic overuse of the word Outback in this instance could cause one to skip an opportunity to witness a brilliant and exceptional portrayal of the unvarnished reality of everyday work and social life of ordinary land owners and their reason to live where they live – the custody of their stock. “Photography helped me view the bush differently. The flat, dry, barren landscape I first saw was replaced with a kaleidoscope of colour, magnificent light and texture from red dirt to sapphire skies – long roads, small towns and incredible people.” Paula Heelan. Largely set in the Central Highlands of Qld with some desert assignment landscapes and characters – agricultural shows to rodeos, campdrafting and country races, livestock and life in the wet, more than 200 photographs, anecdotes and stories capture the joys, trials and tribulations as well as the grandeur and unforgiving nature of the Australian landscape.