one week on

This is the feeling I’m embodying one week on from the Christchurch terror attack. This image by Kirk Hargreaves. I don’t want to put Jacinda on a pedestal. I don’t want to add unnecessary pressure to the spotlight on her or pain to those who are hurting by talking about her.  I saw the image of her vulnerability when the Cashmere High School girl asked how she was doing. Her leadership, honesty, integrity and compassion are what we all need to embody.  Today I am honouring the victims of the attack, the people of Christchurch, all Muslims who live with fear, all people suffering due to this horrific attack on humanity. And to Kirk… This image has stayed with me, has haunted me, has comforted me. I’m not a religious person, but this image speaks of Mary to me, speaks to religious iconography. Thank you Kirk for making this photograph. 


Musings

Thinking a lot about social media and how I can feel my stomach clench as soon as I start to scroll… but on the flip side being so appreciative of what it gives me as I sit in my jarmies researching my next project, and how it’s opened up my world in so many wonderful ways. 


It’s how I found Rachel Kurzyp who’s helping me with my business.

And it’s how I found the DFA awards which I probably won’t enter this time but it’s such a treasure trove of great work, which led me to find Rowena Meadows and her stunning work. Which led me to discover the podcast So you want to be a photographer  co-hosted by Gina Milicia and Valerie Khoo. How did I not even know that there was a podcast about photography created by women in my own back yard… Don’t get me wrong. I love A Small Voice podcast by Ben Smith, I find it so inspiring to listen to while I’m driving around between jobs or hanging out the washing but I feel like I’ve struck gold finding this Australian one today. 


I honestly can barely look at Instagram these days, I came across this quote yesterday..

“Comparison is the thief of joy” - Theodore Roosevelt

… now ‘aint that the truth!


Anyway, I’m meant to be doing my tax which is obviously why I’m musing about these things and doing a blog post instead. 


But two more things… Sending a massive shout out to Alana Holmberg for winning the NPP with a portrait of her pregnant sister. Check it out. Intimate, quiet, quite simple, so beautiful. 

And if you’re in Geelong go check out the inaugural exhibition of the Focal Point Darkroom and Gallery ‘Masters of Australian Photojournalism’ where I have the thrill of having work hung amongst legends and next to my dear friend Angela Wylie.  It’s a great thing that Craig Watson has started up and the Walkley’s Exhibition will be there later this year showcasing contemporary Australian photojournalism. 

Thanks Peter Casamento for the pic of Ange and I.

  


Be like a penguin

One of the things I love about being a press photographer is that you never know where you’ll end up, you might end up standing outside court all day or on this day I got to hang out at the Melbourne Aquarium and be mesmerised by these little guys. Today when I’m standing around on a cold Melbourne winters day working for AAP I’ll be channelling the fun these guys have in the cold. And holding onto that Spring like day we had yesterday. 

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