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The Other Side of Tracks

The photographer who captured one woman’s epic journey across the Australian outback shares his own account of the now-famous trek.

The following essay and photographs are excerpted from Rick Smolan’s new book Inside Tracks.

When I first met Robyn Davidson she was living in the desert town of 
Alice Springs, Australia, and preparing to cross the outback alone with only four camels and Diggity, her beloved Kelpie. She didn’t feel she owed the world an explanation, but she did need money to fund her trip. National Geographic was the perfect solution: the magazine agreed to provide her with the resources she needed. But their funding came with one big catch: me.

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