The term ‘Outback’ is normally considered colloquially as the name applied to the vast, unpopulated and mainly arid areas that comprise Australia’s interior and even its remote coasts. ‘Country’, another colloquially applied word is also applied variably. As a major publisher of Australiana over the decades, I have always thought of both words ‘outback’ and ‘country’ as more applicable to the relationship between open spaces and human endeavour. Outback, more attuned towards arid remoteness and country perhaps more rurally connected; of course, no rules apply. And so throughout my work as a roving image-maker of all things Australian I have, over many years, enjoyed writing about photographing and publishing those social and historical elements – pubs, trains, paddle-wheelers, colonial buildings and so on – as well as human land-based endeavours – agricultural and livestock-related images – broadly under these categories. Even though one is primarily focussed on the natural history of Australia and the natural ecosystems, the vast ‘in-betweens’ pass through many country towns, past endless rural properties and a heritage-proud nation like Australia has more often than not retained and celebrated its historical built environment so there is much to inspire anyone who has an artistic eye.