My connection with Australian Outback

I am the first generation of city born children in my family.  I grew up in one of the biggest and most
beautiful Polish cities called Wroclaw. 
For as long as I can remember I have always had a strong connection to
the Polish countryside. I used to describe myself as “someone who lives between
two worlds”. I would spend every summer on my grandparent’s farm. One of the
most intense periods of time each year on Polish farms is when the crops are
maturing for the harvest. Even as young children we were involved in helping
out on the fields.

One of my most beautiful memories is when three or four families’
of uncles and aunties gathered together to help on the farm. Adults and
children spread out across the field grouping together and tidying up
previously cut grass. We would then gather it together in big piles which would
be used mostly as feed for the animals during cold winter seasons.  I loved how we supported each other and
worked together. I remember the laughter, the colour of the Polish summer and
the hard physical work.  My memories of
Polish country life are mostly happy. However I do remember adults discussing
political environments, current values of wheat or milk, as well as the value
of animals/ stock.

Soon after I completed my Masters Degree in Art and Cultural Study
I left Poland to travel around India. During my travels I met my husband Carl
and migrated to Australia.

I have been involved with Outback Futures for the past 6
years.  Every time I have an opportunity
to work with Outback Futures and travel to distant outback locations, meeting
farmers and hearing of their way of life, my heart fills with passion. The
passion is for their amazing environment, their strengths and struggles, as
well as for the human connections.

Australia is such a great country. I strongly believe that there
is a huge need to keep working on closing the gap between the City and the
Bush. Distance does not justify the lack of basic services or quality of
professional support that many experience.

In my landscape photography I aim to highlight the
beauty of this vast and foreign land.

For more information about Outback Futures visit www.outbackfutures.org.au





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