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Me is a twelve month project commissioned for Multicultural Week 2017. People from 15 different countries share an item that has cultural significance to them. Whether migrants, refugees or Indigenous Australians, they all have an interesting story to tell.
This 10 day assignment consists of working with an NGO whose goal is to increase access to primary healthcare in rural Nicaragua by empowering youth to become agents of change in their communities by providing full scholarships for young rural students to attend medical school. Images primarily photographed in the San Juan del Sur and Matagalpa regions of Nicaragua, will help tell the story of what is being achieved.
In an age of fast photography and image overload, 17 Australian Documentary photographer’s use traditional analogue techniques to photograph the most personal of subjects- the Portrait. With subjects that range from the loved to the infamous, photographers embraced the slow, uncertain nature of photographing with film to create a dynamic of trust only formed when a subject has to wait to see their image.
Each photo has been hand printed by the artist, some whom had not been in a darkroom for a decade but all embraced the tactile process of silver gelatine printing. In a world where nothing is too hard to change in Photoshop, these images strive for an authenticity that says as much about the photographer as their subjects. One of my images will be exhibited as a collective.
First Time is a twelve month documentary project that gains an insight into being a first time father. Through fly-on-the-wall footage and interviews, this documentary will follow a male's experience from conception through to three months after birth.
Many Australian Photographers (MAPgroup), one of the country’s most recognised photographic collectives, have collaborated with refugees and asylum seekers on their latest project; Beyond Borders. Participants are from a range of countries including Burma, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Jordan, Columbia, Iran and Somalia. They share some of their stories and experiences. This most recent MAPgroup project seeks to present an alternative view of some of the issues relating to asylum seekers and refugees in Australia. This exhibition will be held in August 2017 at The Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E) an Australian museum, which engages visitors in the compelling story of democracy. The stories are told of the ordinary men and women, past and present, which have fought for the democratic freedoms we enjoy today.
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