Outback wedding photos highlight issue of drought

By Sarah Harvey

Wedding photographer highlights the issues of drought and mental health in outback Australia

An Australian wedding photographer’s photos of a bridal party in a tinder dry outback has touched a nerve with online viewers.

Edwina Robertson posted on Facebook about the issues facing rural communities in Western Queensland.

“It is no secret that my heart lies within the Australian Outback,” she said. “If you have ever lived in a rural community you will appreciate the struggles, the joy and the uncertainty of making a living off this great land of ours.”

“I was so blessed to travel nine hours to Western Queensland a couple of weeks ago and capture a magnificent wedding in Blackall. But this was far more than just a wedding. This was a community event that touched many. In the same week of this day, Ingrid’s (the Bride) Family destocked (sold all of their cattle) their property. A hard and heart wrenching decision to make based on the brutal realities of financial hardship with feeding their stock and the uncertainty of when a change in season was to come. Such a huge down, in a week of huge highs.

“Even with my connections to the land, I was totally touched by the landscape and stories of Western Queensland. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last three years, you will also have heard of the realities and the lack of rain. I am only an individual and I only, can’t do much. But I can do a little.”

Robertson’s post has since been shared more than 8000 times and a campaign to raise money to support those dealing with depression and mental illness in rural Australia has gathered more than $30,000.



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