Horn of Africa Elderly Muslim Women
A recent project I am involved in which helps document the Cultural diversity of Melburnians.
I've been working on a series of portraits of these lovely elderly women originally from areas around the Horn of Africa.
Highlights from the shoot have been; learning a lot about Eritrean and African cultures, being fed wonderful food and learning a little arabic as I go.
Brimbank City council commissioned cm-design to create a 16 page booklet to document the contribution that Keilor Market Gardeners had made to their community over the many generations they had been supplying local Melburnians with fruit and vegetables.
As cm-designs head photographer I worked with 4 wonderful families to help tell their particular stories and to document their contribution to this wonderful city of ours, Melbourne.
Working with these families was a highlight of my career, an experience and project that I will never forget. It was an utter privilege to document such extraordinary yet very humble people.
John Milburn at his pump house.
John Milburn has an entire shed full of old tractors, that he and his family have used over the many years they have been farming at Keilor. I wanted to capture a quick shot of John's hand to show the years of work he has done working the land and producing food for the tables of Melburnian's like me.
John and Dorothy Milburn married for 57 years.
Darebin City Council commissioned me to spend some time photographing the wonderfully inspirational children of Darebin for the councils Communications Collateral. I spent time photographing the children playing and learning at one of the local kindergartens. These delightful little souls are so much fun to be with.
The east end of London is one of the most vibrant areas and full of fun and entertaining characters. The Fellow on the left made sure he dashed out of the British Cafe for me just in time to catch him mid motion. The character on the right is an old regular on Brick Lane who sits outside his favourite cafe and usually gets fed by the owners and plied with coffee by the locals. He was kind enough to let me take a few shots of him.
Leyton London is one of my old haunts. It's now a buzzing and vibrant village thanks to the Government incentives during the London 2012 Olympics. Leyton is one suburb away from Stratford where the Olympic Village was built.
The Leyton Tyreman had an impressive coverage of tattoos on his forearms which I wanted to capture. Lovely man and happy to pose very quickly for me.
He has a copy of this image stuck in his workroom for all his clients to see. I hope to go back and see it up in lights !!
We did an editorial shoot for Pedorthist Clare Nelson of Happy Feet Pedeorthics based in the Western Suburbs. Happy Feet, specialise in helping children and the elderly correct severe problems with their feet. Little Astrid was getting ready to have a consultation with Clare, teddy helped out of course.
Clare Nelson, the owner of Happy Feet Pedorthics, consulting with Astrid and teddy to measure up her feet for custom made shoes.
Clare Nelson from Happy Feet being photographed during a consultation with one of her elderly clients.
Clare Nelson from Happy Feet Pedorthics doing a consultation on one of her clients. Part of Happy Feet Process is to take a moulding of the base of their clients feet to allow them to create an custom made insert to help support your foot whilst wearing normal shoes.
Every day during the morning and late afternoon, Eileen Battaglia would take her husband Tony his morning and afternoon tea. You could see her wandering across the field from their house with her picnic basket and in her white hat. This image was taken during morning tea break. I raced across the field to capture this moment which has happened every working day, come rain hail or shine for over 25 years. How gorgeous is that?
During my last trip to London I spent a day walking the streets and was lucky enough to experience on of the best Summers in years for London. Sometimes their Summers literally last only a couple of weeks, 7 years living there taught me that fact. I came across an amazing character who lives locally and spends his days of Summer sun baking in Hyde Park. This is his favourite bench. How grand is that and what a life, and what a belly hey !!