I am currently involved in two projects. Facing Australia is a long term project in collaboration with Karen Donnelly and Rescue:Portraits of the 2022 Lismore Floods Civilian Rescuers in collaboration with Jeanti St Clair.
Facing Australia creates photographic works that reflect upon identity, place and community. Established in 2001 by Karen Donnelly, Tony Nott and Raimond de Weerdt it is one of Australia’s longest running photographic projects. Over the last 6 years Facing Australia has branched off in making films see show reel below. For more information on Facing Australia click here
Rescue:Portraits of the 2022 Lismore Floods Civilian Rescuers in collaboration with Jeanti St Clair.
Shortly after the Lismore floods in 2022, it became apparent that the role of the civilian rescuers was instrumental in avoiding injury and even death of those trapped by the water. Jeanti St Clair and myself have been recording the stories and taking portraits of these local heroes. The aim of this project is to create a book with the stories and portraits. Below a sample story- words by Jeanti St Clair.
Katelyn and Lauren McKenzie
Two sisters. Two single-person inflatable kayaks. What started as a call out to help rescue their octogenarian grandfather became an eight-hour mission saving 17 people around McKenzie Street in the Lismore basin. Lauren and Katelyn McKenzie would put one person in each kayak and then wade through neck-high water to bring them to safety. The water, they said, was full of red ants who saw the sisters as a stretch of dry land. Ants crawled all over the bodies and under their clothes seeking safety, biting them as they went. But still the sisters persisted.