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Hopetoun will take centre stage when images from local photographers are shown on the big screen at Perth’s Yagan Square.

The From the Locals digital exhibition will feature 10 images from Hopetoun and Broome photographers in the capital city, and will run for between a few months to a year.

It is part of photographer Astrid Volzke’s Our Photo Stories initiative, which saw her visit the two towns last year to run photo story workshops and share stories from regional Australia.

“It’s about connecting rural communities to each other and to the city,” she said. “My hope was to capture the local characters and places.”

There are five images from the Goldfields, including Hopetoun Jetty.

Ms Volzke put feelers out across the State last year, and Hopetoun Community Resource Centre librarian Tina Harris said she jumped at the chance to be a part of it.

“We’d just had the floods go through, there was a downturn in mining and everyone was a bit down in the dumps,” she said. “I just thought it was an opportunity for people to do something positive and share their stories.”

Mrs Harris said having them on show in Perth was exciting.

“Sometimes people feel like we’re forgotten a little bit, so to showcase that there are amazing things happening and incredible people out here is great,” she said.

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