AN INSIGHT INTO FIRST NATIONS IDENTITY

As part of NAIDOC UTHSAC commissioned portrait specialist, Dave Laslett to travel up from Adelaide to create a series of set portraits at the newly opened Drug & Alcohol Centre on Hutchinson St, Coober Pedy.

These portraits brought a buzz and a sense of fun and adventure to the grounds of the centre with fifty prints made on the day which were subsequently framed and distributed to the participants, filling a large gap of absent photographic documentation of the people of Coober Pedy. The purpose of these portraits is to embody the identity of the people and act as a mirror.

The joy witnessed was palpable as subjects and family members crowded around the back of the camera to see the end result.

The process also gave Dave and his team a chance to engage with the people and hear their stories and where they are at with their lives, struggles and joys.

‘ I’ve been up to Coober Pedy a few times however this was one of the most special trips with access to a wide range of people with all different types of stories and histories‘.

The second stage of this commission was street missions which consisted of Dave Laslett walking the streets with a 1.7m octabank and assistant into the streets of Coober Pedy.

These encounters show a mixed variety of the Coober Pedy society without a sense of discrimination as the camera reflects the story of the subject(s) at this particular moment in time. There is no staging or make up artists this is an honest, raw, bare bones representation. Importantly these street portraits utilise the surrounding environment and encapsulate the people in their natural environments which is a key to the process of creating a sense of vulnerability and honesty between the photographer and the subject.

The juxtapose of intense high fashion lighting contrasting with the presence of honesty and lack of subject posing is paramount to the effectiveness of these works. I was surprised on the first day how apparent this was‘.

Article supplied by Umoona Tjutagku Health Service Aboriginal Corporation.

On Assignment for Australian Geographic

My prefered workflow is a calm, intent based, highly detail orientated process. Often times...

On living remotely

Among the backroads and unmarked trails of South Australia, tuck away, there is a...

TENAFEATE CREEK WINES

A One Tree Hill residence back in the 1800’s called the Homestead – “Tenafeate”,...

A PHOTOGRAPHIC EXPLORATION SCREENS ON NITV

The film, commissioned by NITV, was produced by Wankangurru / Adnyamathanha woman Lavene McKenzie...

NO BLACK SEAS Launched at ACE OPEN

No Black Seas is a specially commissioned exhibition of new works by artists from...

VOICE TREATY TRUTH

First Peoples sovereignty has never been ceded – not in 1788, not in 1967,...

NATIONAL PORTRAIT PRIZE 2019

I’m a big fan of one thing doing two things or even three things....

Fremantle International Portrait Prize 2019

The timing of this worked out perfectly being in Perth for the Exposure Mentoring...

REVEALED

One of the best parts of being a photographer is sharing that passion with...

UNDERGROUND COAL SEAM GAS AT COPLEY

Earlier in the year we were in Copley creating the TWO WAYS Series and...

YURTU ARDLA PROJECT OPENS AT SAM

After two years of bush trips, wood collecting, workshops, museum visits and site specific...

NATIONAL PORTRAIT PRIZE 2018

It’s been a very busy year and not much of that has been personal...

PETER ‘STONEY’ STONE

Meeting Stoney up at his shack at Blanche Harbour was meant to be. Over...

LIMITLESS FIRST NATIONS PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION

Two years in the making the mentoring was a way of empowering community on...

NAIDOC THEME RESONATES WITH THE NATION

As leaders, trailblazers, politicians, activists and social change advocates, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander...

CityMag Editorial Commission

Culture is not always conscious. It is not just what is seen or heard....

GOVERNOR GENERAL SIR PETER COSGROVE VISITS DAVENPORT COMMUNITY

On his tour of South Australia Sir Peter Cosgrove, Governor General of Australia, stopped...

FOOTSTEPS \ The Road to Recovery

Photographed over four days on the west side of Port Augusta was a really...

BARNGARLA ‘SONGS’ PROJECT UNDERWAY

The project is being broken down into three stages: – Documentation and Collection of...

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS

Great to finish the year with a bang. HOPE, a work derived from the...

PHOTOGRAPHIC MENTORING IN DAVENPORT COMMUNITY

Since August 2016 the mentoring project has been running within the Davenport Community in...

Dusty Feet Mob \ THE IMPOSITION OF COLONISATION

I first met these guys in the sandhills of Davenport Community and it quickly...

SPIRIT FESTIVAL

This was my second time as Official Photographer so it was great meeting new...

Language Films in the West

Being mobile is a huge advantage to my project work so when I was...

SOUTH AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL SPORTS FESTIVAL PORT AUGUSTA

Always a huge honour to be asked to travel around country to facilitate community....

Fremantle International Portrait Prize

Got a call from the head steward who asked me to clean up my...

SA ABORIGINAL WOMENS FOOTBALL

A lot of my work around Australia is classified as pro bono.This gives me...

COLLABORATION FOR ABC

Being still in one place for an extended period of time is not the...

COOBER PEDY SAINTS

Being a part of a small community has its benefits and offers many ways...

1 2