Out of the desert to Canberra

Being quite new to photography it was quite a shock to be included among 41 of Australia’s top portrait photographers, at the National Portrait Prize, and at the same time being the only representative from South Australia.

Heading over to Canberra was quite an experience to say the least. It was impressive to see the work up on the wall at 1.4m in a professionally gallery. If you need motivation to continue the path that you’re on this annual event is one of those motivators.

The plight of Anangu includes an incredibly high cost of living, disruption of services and power as well as extremely low employment opportunities often resulting in the need for individuals and families to relocate away from community and country in order to survive. This severance of connection creates a multitude of social and emotional wellbeing issues. The Homeland is a deeply spiritual place that connects families and allows time and space to get out of town and reflect on ancestors passed on, customs and culture as well as educate the next generation. Amongst all of this resides a natural beauty emanating hope.

National Portrait Prize 2015

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