Myself and fellow photographer Andrew Chapman, 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 – Jaime, Andrew, Noel Butcher, Melanie Faith Dove and Erin Jonasson – will be part of the project.
We both had a fantastic initial trip into the region. We started in the southern Mallee in a town called Rainbow, where we 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. We continued all the way to Patchewollock, before turning east and heading to Manangatang.
We 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 me on the Monday night. Nev took us on a grand tour of the Manangatang district and also posed for Jaime 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.