IT was a difficult decision to make, but both Denis Gregory and Alf Manciagli are positive that the characters that appear in their latest book This is Where We Live are a fair representation of the communities that exist in the Central West.
“Everyone played some sort of role in their community,” Mr Gregory said,
“Either in politics, or the media or in business, they all have had some kind of impact on where they live.”
Mr Manciagli said that picking a favourite out of the 45 people that he photographed was quite easy, it was an image that scored him a place in the top 30 photographs in the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize.
“He is a man that really represents what I think Australia is all about,” Mr Manciagli said of Molong’s Stewart “Bennie” Caldwell.
“He was born there and has a really straight forward approach to life.”
Mr Manciagli said that Mudgee’s Scott McGregor was a surprising person to spend time with.
“He’s a famous person in the media, but he was extremely down to earth and has these amazing vintage trains that have been decked out for accommodation.”
Mr Gregory said that initially the book wasn’t meant to be aimed at tourists, but there has been a large amount of interest in it from visitors.
“There’s no other book like it,” he said. “Even if you don’t live here, they all have a story to tell.”
The book will have its official launch at the Orange library at 5.30pm on Tuesday, November 10.
The book is available at selected newsagencies and tourist information centres in Bathurst, Cowra, Dubbo, Forbes, Parkes, Wellington and at Boomers Books and Collins Booksellers in Orange.