Trina just loves the landscape around her | Country life in Queensland


Rural photographer Trina Patterson has always loved creative, and when her husband Tim gave her a Nikon camera for Christmas in 2014, she turned to photography.

“I used to draw and paint, but these days I always carry a camera because I believe that some kind of creativity is good for your brain and sanity,” she said.

A speech by renowned rural photographer Fiona Lake is still her biggest piece of advice.

“Fiona told us that if you had to explain your pictures, you shouldn’t have taken them – lest you leave it open to false interruption,” she said.

“I really want my photographs to tell a story and to help bridge the gap between town and country with a positive image.”

Trina is mostly self-taught, but she has taken two photo group workshops in Rolleston and Googled photography information.

“I’m really trying to tell a positive story about our lives on our 5,300 acre Bottle Tree Downs beef and growing property south of Rolleston,” she said.

“We have the greatest backdrop in the Carnarvon Ranges and they are a beautiful blue that changes color as the day progresses.

“When I’m on horseback, I don’t take the camera with me, but when I’m in the buggy or on the watercourse, the camera comes too.”

On the way home: These Santa Gertrudis oxen return to their paddock after diving and anti-tick treatments.

Her photography has drawn the attention of many. AgForce asked them to provide pictures for their trade show at Beef 2021.

“I sold three, including one that was bought by AgForce Knight Chairman Will Wilson and given to Agriculture Secretary Mark Furner, where he has a place of honor in his Brisbane office,” she said.

At Beef 2021, she also met the editor of RM Williams Outback magazine, who commissioned her work.

Game is on: A photo of this picture has a place of honor in the office of Agriculture Minister Mark Furner.

Game is on: A photo of this picture has a place of honor in the office of Agriculture Minister Mark Furner.

Trina received the Central Highlands Regional Council Art Award and her photographs were selected for the Rural Aid calendar. Last year she hosted a combined photo exhibition that went from Injune to Springsure and Rolleston.


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