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This is a portrait of a dying breed of men. The horseman on the right is Ken Connley, one of Australia’s great high country cattlemen. Here, he and one of his sidekicks are holding a mob of wild brumbies that had been caught up in the highlands. They are being mustered on Ken’s property, and out of sight, in the misty valley beyond, another young horseman is bringing up more horses to join the mob. It is early in the morning; the low sun has painted the sky gold, and the silhouetted figures are beautifully reflected in the waters of the dam. I like to think of this photo as a tribute to these hardy Australian heroes, who – tragically – are now being locked out of the high country by urban bureaucrats.
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Catalogue Number: VCF004762767
Edition Size: 300 only
Print Ratio: 3:1