Challa Station has been owned by the Dowden family since 1888 and is located approximately 580km northeast of Perth in the remote Murchison region of Western Australia. Challa recently hosted a weekend endurance horse racing event and I went along to document the more quiet moments of the race near the finish line.
Vanessa Bertagnole, 1983, United States, is a freelance photographer who currently resides in Australia. After completing a Masters degree in Visual Culture Research from the Australian National University in 2011, Bertagnole relocated from Canberra to Brisbane where she is based with her husband. When she is not taking photographs, Bertagnole works as an arts consultant for remote Aboriginal art centres. Bertagnole's passion for photography began ten years ago when she inherited her grandfather's old Canon AE-1 SLR film camera. She has been taking photographs ever since, although has since embraced digital technology. She chooses to document people in a photojournalistic style that conveys people's personalities, culture and lifestyles. For Bertagnole, photography is a means of self-expression as well as story-telling. Her curiosity is the impetus for exploring new places with her camera and challenging herself to dig deeper to locate the stories that are not so obvious. Longer-term personal projects focus on cross-cultural issues and the ways in which cultural and social identities are expressed in everyday remote and rural community life.