Fiona Lake - Professional Photographer & Writer
I specialise in photographing the largest cattle stations (ranches) on the planet.
I absolutely love this part of Australia and find these outback cattle stations just as fascinating and inspiring now as the day I started, in 1984.
The books contain more than 800 of my very best photographs 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 photographs 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 please don't forget to tell me a bit about yourself when you order, if you would like to.
In order to be able to continue advocating for rural and remote regions I also produce:
- Limited edition prints (plus huge images for office walls)
- Outback greeting cards (and other gift items)
- Magazine and newspaper features
- Editorial & advertising images (plus captions and text)
Services I provide for individuals, businesses and organisations (including NFPs):
- Photography commission work - including remote area locations, and aerial images and videos taken with a drone.
- Public speaking presentations and workshops - on a range of topics. For example: photography (from basic scene recording to sophisticated purpose-driven imagery); efficient & effective social media use; tips on rural travel (including to other countries), the changing face of rural life over several decades and the evolving position of women on farms and stations.
- Farm tours - leading, designing itineraries and lining up personal contacts.
- Photography competitions - setting up, running & judging; & advising organisers on best-practice management.
- Rural & agricultural events - helping organisers with social media promotion.
Career highlights to date include:
- one of the few artists to have had an exhibition opened by the Governor General of Australia
- feature story on ABC Television's 'Landline' programme
- the first Australian appointed to the panel judging the International Federation of Agricultural Journalist's 'Star Prize for Photography' award (with entries from more than 30 countries).
- this year I was an RIRDC 'Rural Women's Award' finalist, and my photograph called 'Biggest Mobs - Longest Shadows' was a HeadOn Photo Festival finalist (& featured in the Weekend Australian magazine).
- 2017 "Paddock to Plate" tour around the UK & Ireland: Information is included in this blog post. I never do anything by halves and I'm jumping out of my skin looking forward to leading this tour, as I know what a fantastic time we're set to have. There's already a raft of interesting locals champing at the bit to come and have dinner with us, as we move around the country, visiting great agricultural shows and farms. Plus one-on-one photography assistance for anyone who would like help, en route. This will be a uniquely personal, entertaining and useful agricultural tour; not just a tourist waft around. Please contact me if you'd like a copy of the itinerary.
- 2016 Workshops: In October I'm running workshops on photography ("Making photography work for you") and rural travel ("Ag travel around the planet - without costing the earth"), at the NSW Rural Women's Gathering in Broken Hill. These workshops will be full of practical advice drawn from several decades of first-hand experience taking rural photographs and travelling around Australia and overseas. Answering queries and solving any problems you have - interwoven with inspiring stories about some adventures over the years, and aspects other workshop presenters don't cover. Suitable for experienced and new photographers and travellers.
- Future Workshops: Groups in regional & remote Australia can apply for RADF grants to help fund workshops. These workshops give participants the skills to advance what they do, provoke thought about things formerly overlooked, and the inspiration to act - helping themselves and the communities they live in. Contact me if you'd like more information.
Visit 'testimonials' to see some of the many comments from book purchasers in Australia and other countries.
How do you find what you're looking for?
This website dates back to 2003 - when few businesses had websites. Facebook hadn't been invented then, and blogs had only appeared a few years earlier. This website broke new ground and is a venerable antique, in online terms - and it's a behemoth, with a truckload of information squirrelled away. Please use the sitemap and view the blog categories if you are having trouble locating a specific topic, because the website and blog now run to more than 400 pages on living, working and visiting the Australian outback - as well as comments on topical issues. Plus one of my favourite sections that was created after many weeks of work - translations for agricultural words and expressions in other languages.
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 photographed 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:
I use Twitter and LinkedIn most often, but I also have a Facebook page and an Instagram account. And I have a Twitter account to promote global agricultural events, grants/awards, education etc: @agri_events. Further information on my social media accounts is on this blog page.
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.