For BUSH-LAND, Devon -based photographer Benjamin Rutherford provides glimpses into the harsh and unforgiving work of the cattle drivers and rural farmers of Australia, who toil day in and day with the ever-changing elements and forces of the wild.
Writes Rutherford in his Artist Statement, “This body of work is a testament to the people that inhabit a hard land. A land that can reward beyond measure, and in the same stroke punish without mercy. In unthinkable expanses, far removed from large society, often long distances from the safety or convenience of a town, these are the people that run Australia's cattle industry. They live a non-stop lifestyle that requires an intense bond and love for their land. Among the challenges of reckless drought, flooding, wild fires, extreme isolation and free-jerk government policies and mismanagement, Australia's rural men and women continue to push forward.”
All images © Benjamin Rutherford
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