I am incredibly excited to finally share my newest “baby” with the world, Far West Living. For those who don’t know me, my name is Ellie Russell and I am a freelance graphic designer based in Cobar in upper north west NSW. I am a born and bred local to this area and over the years have moved to and from Cobar on several occasions for study, work and travel and something keeps bringing me home.
There’s something about this place that makes it special and unique. To some people it may seem like the very ends of the earth with its vast red dirt, isolation and open plains as far as the eye can see. To me, it’s home to so many brilliant, talented and creative individuals who often don’t realise how precious and incredible their stories are. It’s the place I call home.
“I want Far West Living to not only be an amazing vessel for tourism in our region, but to also uncover the hidden gems housed here. I created this project as a way of showcasing and shining a spotlight on the many people who inspire, educate and excite me and I know will excite you too. I plan to regularly share the stories and photos of these residents through the FWL blog, and soon, the printed publication.”
Throughout my experience working in printed publications previously in the realms of rural and regional news, I have often seen a trend where our area can be forgotten, not intentionally, however the area doesn’t get as well represented as I believe it should. We plan to give the far-western region the recognition it so deserves.
FWL captures authentic Australia – the people, the places, the landscapes, the animals…. everything that makes this region so beautiful. I hope you enjoy taking a walk across the far west with us and plan a visit some time soon.