Fiona Lake - Professional Photographer & Writer
I am an agricultural photographer who specialises in taking photos on the largest cattle stations (ranches) on the planet.
I love the people, work, wildlife and landscapes in these remote parts of Australia and find outback cattle stations just as fascinating and inspiring now as the day I started working on one, in 1984.
The books contain more than 800 of my best photos taken on nearly 60 outback cattle stations over 3 decades. I can personally sign copies of 'A Million Acre Masterpiece', 'Life as an Australian Horseman' and 'Biggest Mobs - Longest Shadows' for you. Some of the photos in the books can be seen in the website header (above); and the cover of the latest book is below.
I love hearing other people's stories - so if you'd like to, please don't forget to tell me a bit about yourself when you order.
Some career highlights to date:
- One of the few artists to have had an exhibition opened by an Australian Governor General
- An ABC Television 'Landline' feature
- The first Australian appointed to the 3 person panel judging the International Federation of Agricultural Journalist's 'Star Prize for Photography' (photos entered from more than 30 countries)
- 2016 - Qld RIRDC 'Rural Women's Award' finalist, and my photo called 'Biggest Mobs - Longest Shadows' was a Head On Photo Festival finalist (& featured in the Weekend Australian magazine)
- 2017 - Qld Rural Press Club 'Social Media' award winner
Other milestones/some history:
- 1986 Commenced working on a book of cattle station photos
- 1988 Started taking photos from the air (as well as horseback)
- 1992 Produced first postcards featuring cattle station photos (sold across Northern outback Australia)
- 1993 Wrote & photographed first national magazine feature
- 1999 First solo art exhibition (Jupiters Casino, Gold Coast)
- 2005 First book published, featuring photos of Australia's largest cattle stations
- 2007 The National Library of Australia included my website in 'Pandora', which records websites deemed to be of cultural significance, in perpetuity
- 2009 & 2015 Published second & third books
- 2013 Worked on first farm tour (taking photos in Ireland & UK for Quadrant Australia)
- 2016 Bought a drone (a much better choice than a Jeep)
About this website (& how do you find what you're looking for?)
This website broke new ground when it was created back in 2003 and it's a venerable antique, in online terms. Back then, few businesses had websites; Facebook, Youtube and Google Translate hadn't been invented; and blogs were still relatively new (and uncommon). The website is now a behemoth, with a truckload of information squirrelled away on more than 500 website and blog pages on remote Australian life, working on cattle stations and visiting the Australian outback - as well as comments on topical issues. Please use the sitemap and view the blog categories if you are having trouble finding what you are looking for. One of my favourite sections is the pages of translations for agricultural words and expressions in other languages. This information is unique and collating it took many weeks of research. Now there's also a lot of information on agriculture and Australian cattle stations included in my social media accounts. Particularly on Twitter; which is where many of my outback travel photos and short videos end up.
Australia's largest outback cattle stations - in summary:
These vast outback stations (ranches) are spread right across the top half of the Australian continent - a sparsely settled remote region measuring more than 3,000km north to south and more than 3,500km from east to west.
Quite a few Australian cattle stations are more than 10,000 square kilometres (3,860 square miles) in size and run more than 20,000 cattle in average seasons. Several now run more than 100,000 cattle. Yet most stations still rely on stockhorses for walking mobs and on many, stockcamps are still usual for at least part of the year.
Many of the scenes and activities that I have taken photographs of over more than thirty years no longer exist. When I began, digital photography and social media did not exist. People in remote areas would have laughed if you told them one day they'd have television and internet services provided by satellite. I have seen a lot of changes and what I do is unique - worldwide.
Social Media Accounts:
- @Twitter - @FionaLakeAus - for agricultural & rural conversations
- @Twitter - @Agri_Events - for promoting global agricultural events, rural grants/awards, farming education etc.
And less frequently used accounts:
Sometimes, I'm roaming around the countryside:
- As this is a one-person business you receive personal service - but the office is closed when I'm travelling.
- This blog page lists the dates when the office will be closed and regions/events I am attending.
- Don't hesitate to contact me (details below) if you have any queries regarding my outback books, cattle station photos, Australian greeting cards; commission work, photography workshops or farm tours.