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In pictures: Finding patterns in Australian farmland

Flying high above farmland, photographer Josh Smith captures colours and patterns not usually associated with rural Australia.

A series of aerial photos capture a rarely seen perspective of Australia's most remote rural areas Image copyright Josh Smith
Image caption His often abstract images feature subjects like machinery sculpting lines into a vast frame.
A series of aerial photos capture a rarely seen perspective of Australia's most remote rural areas Image copyright Josh Smith
Image caption Mr Smith takes the photos from a small fixed-wing aircraft piloted by his friend, Joe Smith (no relation).
A series of aerial photos capture a rarely seen perspective of Australia's most remote rural areas Image copyright Josh Smith
Image caption Speaking to the BBC from "the middle of a cotton paddock", Mr Smith said he came up with the idea at a bakery in Sydney.
A series of aerial photos capture a rarely seen perspective of Australia's most remote rural areas Image copyright Josh Smith
Image caption As he looked around, he wondered if other customers knew where their bread was coming from.
A series of aerial photos capture a rarely seen perspective of Australia's most remote rural areas Image copyright Josh Smith
Image caption "It just dawned on me that there was probably no consideration given to what has gone into producing that bread," he said.
A series of aerial photos capture a rarely seen perspective of Australia's most remote rural areas Image copyright Josh Smith
Image caption So he took to the skies, hoping to draw attention to how food and clothing is produced.
A series of aerial photos capture a rarely seen perspective of Australia's most remote rural areas Image copyright Josh Smith
Image caption It was a hobby until 2011, when his aerial shots of floods in Queensland and New South Wales were featured in a major newspaper.
A series of aerial photos capture a rarely seen perspective of Australia's most remote rural areas Image copyright Josh Smith
Image caption Since then he has made it his living, and held an exhibition of his work.
A series of aerial photos capture a rarely seen perspective of Australia's most remote rural areas Image copyright Josh Smith
Image caption "Here in Australia, we've got farmers producing the highest quality produce anywhere in the world," he said.
A series of aerial photos capture a rarely seen perspective of Australia's most remote rural areas Image copyright Josh Smith
Image caption Mr Smith said that when he shows farmers photos of their land, "it's usually quite a good reaction".
A series of aerial photos capture a rarely seen perspective of Australia's most remote rural areas Image copyright Josh Smith
Image caption "I'm trying to put an abstract point of view on what would be a pretty routine process happening on a farm," he said.
A series of aerial photos capture a rarely seen perspective of Australia's most remote rural areas Image copyright Josh Smith
Image caption "The end game for me is producing these series as fine art," he said.

Photographs by Josh Smith

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