Friday, September 16, 2011

Fantastic FNQ photo Friday

Today at my sons' school they are having a heap of activities to celebrate NAIDOC day. NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee and is a day to celebrate the culture of Australia's indigenous people.

Growing up as a kid in Melbourne I honestly didn't have much to do with aboriginal culture at all. My school was mostly caucasian with a healthy smattering of Greeks, Italians and Vietnamese immigrants.

Up here in Cairns my children get the wonderful opportunity to get more in touch with our indigenous culture. They both have Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids in their classes and get the chance to learn all about their cultures.

Of course Cape York, to our north, is home to many indigenous communities that retain strong ties to their traditional cultures and every year they host the wonderful Laura Dance Festival, where this image of the Mornington Island Dancers was taken.

Wherever you are in the world I am sure you are surrounded by people of different cultures, both indigenous and imported. I've always found my cameras provide great access to people and places I otherwise would never have had the chance to explore. Why not take the time to photograph a culture different from your own? You'll improve your photography skills, meet new people and discover a side of your own community that you may never have known existed.

Click on over to my website to see some more images of indigenous culture from Cape York

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Watering dead grass

Today's post comes from the sick bed! A dreaded flu has come to render me basically useless for anything other than lying down and doing not a hell of a lot of anything. So for today's post I'm going to hand you over to the always acerbic, painfully truthful, no holds barred Kirk Tuck. I've got a couple of Kirk's books - one on lighting and one on the businesss of commercial photography and they're both great reads. But I love his blog because he says what many of us are thinking.

So hop on over to his blog to find out why we might all be watering dead grass.