Yuendumu is a remote Aboriginal settlement 300kms north west of Alice Springs in the the Northern Territory of Australia. Eighty years ago it was the scene of the Coniston Masscre where 'white' landowners killed many of the local Walpiri people. After years of substance abuse, which include 'petrol sniffing' the 'elders' of the area declared the community as 'dry' and attempt to keep their language and culture alive.
  • PJ Hoggers is the pseudonym of photojournalist Lisa Hogben. Lisa is an award winning photojournalist whose work has been published and exhibited world wide for clients such as TIME and the New York Times. More and more she realises that the need for intelligent discussion on a range of subjects is not being met by the traditional media and wishes to explore those subjects which consistently fall off the radar of the popular press. A wide ranging knowledge of photography, art, the environment, human rights and politics will contribute to many varied and lively discussions. 'Out of the Shadows' will also be a showcase for Lisa's photography and photo-essays for which she is finding it increasingly difficult to find a home. Lisa is proud to announce that this blog has been selected for archiving in the Pandora Web Archive of the National Library of Australia.
Yuendumu is a remote Aboriginal settlement 300kms north west of Alice Springs in the the Northern Territory of Australia. Eighty years ago it was the scene of the Coniston Masscre where 'white' landowners killed many of the local Walpiri people. After years of substance abuse, which include 'petrol sniffing' the 'elders' of the area declared the community as 'dry' and attempt to keep their language and culture alive.

The Invisible Spear…

…has been driven into the heart of the country called Australia. The name of this country is of course not the same name for country that the Original People…whose DNA is entwined with the very molecules of earth of which it is made… would call it. But it is the same place geographically. Not spiritually, not culturally, not … Continue reading

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Today’s Meaning of “Photographer”…

…equals Shark Bait… Well I have to say if I have ever had any uncertainty as to what the value of my career choice is to other people, I have been left in no doubt what-so-ever now.. Most people I am sure have have seen the televised “live” duel between Australian World Champion Surfer Mick Fanning and … Continue reading

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We Want The World….

… And We Want It Now! So go the lyrics of one of the seminal songs of the 1960’s “When The Music’s Over” by Jim Morrison and The Doors. Jim Morrison was a great poet and iconic ‘rock-star’ who challenged the actions of the generations that had proceeded him with his songs, in what were considered to be … Continue reading

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We Stand For Mercy…

Abraham Lincoln once said “I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice”. Lincoln of course is a historic figure and a great man of the sort we don’t seem to find anymore in this world. It would seem strange that as an Australian photojournalist that I would open this particular blog with a … Continue reading

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Today I DID Something….

Today I did something I have never done before. I tipped over the edge from just being a photojournalist and armchair activist into making a stand. Doing something real and practical and hoping like hell it will make a difference. Today I delivered a petition with over 1600 signatures to the Consulate-General of the Indonesian … Continue reading

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Poor Fellow My Country

“Until we give back to the black man just a bit of land that was his and give it back without provisos, without strings to snatch it back, without anything but complete generosity of spirit in concession for the evil we have done him – until we do that, we shall remain what we have … Continue reading

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Mumma Mia… Here We Go Again… Why Why…Why Are We So Sexist?

Ok..Ok…It might appear that I am bagging Australians unjustly but it just seems to me that every time some white guy in the media opens their mouth lately they do it merely to exchange feet. I mean the President of the Collingwood Australian Rules football team,  Eddie MacGuire has just recently rotated his metatarsals over … Continue reading

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Why Some Of My Best Friends Are Racist

Undoubtedly you are reading this article because of the header. I guess it was a trick I learnt early in my life as the daughter of the famed tabloid journalist Brian Hogben, whose daily mantra when he edited the Daily Mirror newspaper was “Well we beat the Sun (the Mirror’s opposition newspaper) by 150,000 today”. … Continue reading

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Why Being An Australian Is Embarrassing

I dwell within a beautiful continent. It is graced with an amazing variety of landscapes and inhabited by the original people of the earth. It has been brutally colonised and been the site of mass immigrations and now has representatives from almost every country in the world calling it home. It is an incredibly rich … Continue reading

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Inspiring Change…

Wow.. now thats a header that going to be a hard one to live up too! But then anything that inspires change is never going to be easy really is it? If it was then I am sure that we would all be riding on an endless merry-go-round of possibilities to improve our environments, our … Continue reading

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