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Two of our photographers, Andrew Chapman and Jaime Murcia, recently headed out west to begin a new project documenting the small towns in Victoria’s Mallee region. The project will culminate in the publication of a book titled The Mallee. A total of five photographers – Andrew, Jaime, Noel Butcher, Melanie Faith Dove and Erin Jonasson – will be part of the project.

Andrew and Jaime had a fantastic initial trip into the region. They started in the southern Mallee in a town called Rainbow, where they photographed a Sunday night in the local pub and some oldies doing a spot of dancing, then headed north up the Henty Highway, through Beulah and Hopetoun. They continued all the way to Patchewollock, before turning east and heading to Manangatang.

They met many fantastic people and came home with a brilliant collection of pictures.

Special thanks to ‘Nifty’ Neville Arentz, a Manangatang-based agronomist who is the president of the local racing club. Nifty hosted Andrew and Jaime on the Monday night. Nev took the boys on a grand tour of the Manangatang district and also posed at the local race track for a photo that will appear in our forthcoming book They’re Racing at Manangatang.

The next shoot for the Mallee book will take place in and around Hopetoun on the weekend of May 26-27. Keep your eyes peeled for the photographers if you live up that way.

The Mallee book will come together over the next 18 months and be released in November 2019, just in time for Christmas.