Congratulations to MAPgroup photographer Andrew Chapman and Tim Lee, who have collaborated on an exciting new book- we can’t wait to see it! Book launch to be announced soon, or you can buy it here: http://www.andrewchapmanphotography.com/galleries/long-paddock/
The image of the drover on his stockhorse moving cattle along a dusty bush track evokes the very essence of Australia. Enshrined in folklore, celebrated in verse and ingrained in the national psyche the droving tradition is alive and well. It flourishes along the vast network of travelling stock routes that thread their way across rural Australia.
These public lands, many of them famous stock routes, are known colloquially as “The Long Paddock.” They date from colonial days when herds of stock were moved from the boundless plains of the inland to feed the cities and towns along the eastern seaboard.
Photographer Andrew Chapman and journalist Tim Lee have followed the pathways of the present day drovers to capture in words and images people whose nomadic lives are governed by the seasons and whose main concern is the welfare of their animals. The characters they meet are hardy, colourful and resilient. They are a repository of bushcraft and wisdom, a connection to colonial Australia.
Andrew and Tim, in conjunction with The Five Mile Press are pleased to announce the arrival of their new hardback book, “The Long Paddock”.