Edge of the Outback tour launches book

The Edge of the Outback tour – a study abroad program, which takes students to remote Australia, celebrated its 10th tour with a launch of a commemorative book and an exhibition of student’s work, passed and present.

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Narrator:

The Edge of the Outback tour – a study abroad program, which takes students to remote Australia, celebrated its 10th tour with a launch of a commemorative book and an exhibition of student's work, passed and present.

Neil Fettling:

Photography allows them to have some mechanism to engage with the landscape, its visual, its immediate, and it becomes an informed way of understanding such a complex place.

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The book chronicles the Australian outback using photography from past students. Run through La Trobe University's Mildura campus, the 3week program has seen over 350 international students participate, predominantly from the United States and Europe.

Liz Stinson:

These are often life changing experiences, studying overseas, and even if its 3 weeks, 6 months whatever, it does create, it opens their eye's, it exposes them in this case to a culture that's maybe not so different from their own.

Will Fortanbary:

This country is beautiful, the first thing I noticed when I got off the plane was the sky and how big the sky was, I fell in love with this country immediately and I plan on coming back in the next couple of years.

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The annual educational excursion is for those interested in developing skills and techniques in analogue and digital photography.

Neil Fettling:

The students get to see and experience the outback in Australia, and they experience that through the reference of an aboriginal guide and knowledgeable experienced photography staff, that give them the insights of the visual aesthetic.

Liz Stinson:

It's really our, almost exposing ourselves to a group of young people who I know will take back to their family and friends the stories of this opportunity they've taken up.

Will Fortanbary:

It feels wonderful having my work showcased in an exhibition is mind blowing. It's an experience once in a lifetime. Hopefully more than once in a lifetime, we'll see!

Kim Patrick:

The best part for me was, probably the trip to Mungo National Park, just the scenery was the exact scenery I love to photograph, it was beautiful and, there is such a culture and such a, I don't know, it was a really cool experience.

If you would like to apply for the Edge of the Outback  short term program please contact AustraLearn or CIS Abroad.

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