If ever a land was built to be photographed, it was Australia, with its bone dry expanses of red earth, otherworldly natural structures, magnificent snaking coastlines, wide blue-domed skies, rainforest and snow-capped mountains.
An exhibition of photographs and stories from Australia's outback, bush and coast is on at Orange Regional Museum.
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A Portrait of Australia: Stories Through the lens of Australian Geographic is touring the country as part of a partnership between the National Museum of Australia and Australian Geographic.
"This is a marvellous opportunity to take Australian stories to venues around the country by combining the National Museum's exhibition and curatorial expertise with Australian Geographic's 30 years of unparalleled photographic coverage of Australia's land, nature and people," said National Museum director, Dr Mathew Trinca.
"This exhibition ... celebrates the bush, the outback, the coast and the people who live and work there.
"It will transport you to some of the most rugged and remote parts of the country where you will discover the remarkable stories of ordinary Australians."
"It's interesting to see the diverse range of images from the Australian Geographic archive", said Orange Regional Museum manager, Dr Mary-Elizabeth Andrews.
"I think our visitors will engage with the often-dramatic but somehow familiar images, from fishermen battling wild seas off East Gippsland to monster trucks in Kalgoorlie and young dancers in the spotlight at Cowra."
Orange mayor Reg Kidd said he was looking forward to seeing the exhibition, "particularly at a time when we can't travel as much as we'd like, this is a great opportunity to see and celebrate just how diverse and beautiful our country can be".
The exhibition is on until November 22.
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