What is being NATIVE and how does a NATIVE person see the world?

The landscape talks to us through colours and texture far beyond what the untrained eye can see – through the shift in colours in the sky and water, the contrast from land to sea and the emotional connection to country.

Being NATIVE in the past was a negative experience, with a system that was designed to constantly hold down NATIVE people and take away or not recognise our rights and values. Being NATIVE was viewed as being literally part of the landscape, like livestock that was owned and abused.

Being NATIVE today reflects on the survival and resistance of not only the first peoples of this land but also the longest living culture on the planet. Culture is in a revival stage and the values of looking after country have become mainstream. NATIVE people are at the forefront of protecting land and sea and the native animals that share this land.

The systemic injustice of Australia’s past policies and views of being NATIVE has been hidden for generations, but the use of modern storytelling has started to illuminate this history for a wider audience. Hopefully this series, as an abstract slice of what NATIVE means as a word, connection and view point, can shift the audience from ignorance to empathy to make change for the future.

NATIVE will exhibit on the 4th may to 18th May, during the Head On Photo Festival at the Cooee Art Gallery in Paddington, Sydney

NATIVE

I was the official photographer at the Education in Games 2018 summit at ACMI, Melbourne.

Part of Melbourne International Games Week and co-presented by ACMI and the Victorian Department of Education the Education in Games Summit 2018 is invigorating game-based learning in classroom practice.

Education in Games Summit 2018

First Born, Melbourne Fashion Week 2018

I was apart of the media crew that captured the First Born fashion show


First Reborn is a celebration of the rebirth of our First Nations culture in a contemporary fashion runway show. ‘First’ representing Australia’s original custodians enriched culture, and ‘Reborn’ the signifier of our ancient culture merging with our present and future world. The event will showcase fashion from remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities utilising old traditional methods like bush dyeing. In the modern world we live in today, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists continue to tell their traditional stories of culture through art, to now including the new age of fabric printing and designs.
Designers: Design Within Country, Kirrikin Australia, Ngali, Ooroo Australia.
Models: Jira Models

First Born

I had the pleasure of capturing Sandy Greenwood’s Matriarch at the Melbourne Fringe festival.


Matriarch

  • Written and Performed by:Sandy Greenwood
  • Directed by: Oliver V. Cowley
  • Written by: Sandy Greenwood
Synopsis

Matriarch is a dynamic one-woman show that illuminates the strength and resilience of four generations of Gumbaynggirr women from the 1940s to the present day. Indigenous actress, Sandy Greenwood, weaves a compelling story that explores cultural identity, the intergenerational effects of the stolen generation and what it means to be a fair-skinned black woman in modern Australia.

A Deadly Fringe event supported by Melbourne Fringe and ILBIJERRI Theatre Company.

Warning: Contains mild coarse language, adult themes(sexual assault or abuse), intergenerational trauma, stolen generations, images or voices of deceased Indigenous persons

Matriarch