As I look out on the unutterable beauty of the snowcapped mountains of the Ngarigo country that I live in, I can only marvel at the conversation I just had with my friend who is enjoying the humidity of 35 degree heat in Larrakia country. Most Australians, much less the rest of the “white” world …
All of you have seen them. You know… those long gliding shots… the ones that have a particular field of view over beaches, snow covered mountains and shiny new housing estates in outer urban areas that property agents are trying to flog. Film clips to impress. Or not, as the case maybe. Shot from drones, … Continue reading DRONES AND DODO’S… Are today’s newest camera technologies tomorrow’s flightless birds? A question to celebrate Robert Capa’s birthday…
I remember the last time I saw my Dad fully conscious before he died. I was a brand new photographer. I had only bought a camera about eighteen months before I had my last conversation with him. And as I made my final visit to him before the life zapping operation he endured, I dragged … Continue reading Photojournalism…now and then…
Like a sewerage outfall into the ocean, last week’s so-called Australian national celebration of its apparent “founding” on the 26th January, has washed up the usual turds onto the shores of this ancient continent. Continue reading Boganus Australis
… and through my eyes it is very far away. I can’t recall much of my childhood now unless I meditate on specific events that occurred, but some were really happy… some not so. For that tall, fair and slightly built girl who had a passion for horses, painting and poetry the relief from the nausea inducing … Continue reading The Past is a Distant Country….
… 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 We Want The World….
“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 Poor Fellow My Country
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 Mumma Mia… Here We Go Again… Why Why…Why Are We So Sexist?
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 Why Some Of My Best Friends Are Racist
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 Why Being An Australian Is Embarrassing