Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Women of Letters

Recently had the pleasure of being asked to take photos for the WoL speaking tour (thanks Yolande!) at its stop at the National Library here in the berra.

Myself, and a sold out audience, were subsequently treated to a series of superbly orated letters written by the amazing women whose photographs are below. The subject matter of their words weaved an incredibly rich backdrop to the evening. A love letter, whose intended recipient died unexpectedly before it could ever be posted. A comment on the sometimes insurmountable obstacles of love, and the abrupt impersonality of facebook. A letter to a biological mother whom the author never knew. A cathartic goodbye to an abusive step father. A plea for humanity to a previous immigration minister, an ironic comment on the diminished value our society places on the (hand) written word, and the concurrent death of our democracy.

I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to these women for their strength and courage in sharing these letters and for living the lives that they do, and my heartfelt thanks to Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire for curating such a splendid evening.

As if this speaking series wasn't already awesome enough, it simultaneously raises money for Edgars Mission,
a not for profit sanctuary for rescued farm animals. Holy-smokes-batman-awesome-feminism-raising-money-for-awesome-stuff! =).





(I wish I could have photographed/hung out with Eva for hours. A writer, feminist, sociologist, social commentator and activist, she wryly told me while I was taking her photo that she knew us photographers and all of our tricks because she used to be married to one....and that she destroyed all his negatives when they split! What a formidably awesome lady! ;))

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Sovereignty was never ceded:
the 40th anniversary of the Aborigional Tent Embassy

I hope these images speak for what a truly joyous celebration of indigenous culture that was the 40th anniversary of the tent embassy here in Canberra. I don't really want to go into depth about the gross misrepresentation of the truth portrayed by mainstream media of the events that transpired later that day. If you are interested, you can read an excellent independent analysis of the events that transpired here and here. Suffice to say I hope you are a free enough thinker to realise that they were, in all likelihood, a deliberate ploy instigated by an insidious politician to eclipse the strength and pride shown by the indigenous people of this continent on the day. To detract from the fact that there is currently a death in custody rate of indigenous Australians that exceeds even that within South Africa under the apartheid regime, and that to this day, the policies of successive Australian governments continue to resemble those of an occupying colonial ruler.

Long live the indegenous homelands, and long live the indigenous activists who will not keep fighting until their sovereignty is finally recognised, and there human rights of self determination are restored.

"Close the Gap is a bunch of crap! That is why we take it back!"