On the road with Sophie Matterson
When I got the call from Australian Geographic to track down Sophie Matterson and...
My prefered workflow is a calm, intent based, highly detail orientated process. Often times projects are laid out in a fast paced editorial style and yet I still fight against this with indignet resolve.
The commission for Australian Geographic’s October 2020 Edition was set out over three days in three very different locations and spoke to the paramount importance of protecting First Nations knowledge holders and communities against intellectual property theft mainly from overseas this time around.
Driving from Blinman to Birdwood was very interesting, meeting up with Mike and Gayle Quarmby who have been in the Native Food Industry for most of their lives. Mike, a formally trained botanist, took me through the hot houses while Gayle worked feverishly on a Native foods display on par with any food stylist i’ve ever seen.
Heading out of the hills to the Central Market, I met up with Daniel Motlop at Something Wild. The fast paced, noisy markets were certainly a jolt from the tranquility of the hills, while the main challenge was to make the laneways look full and busy during a pandemic lockdown.
Leaving the noisy chaos of the CBD, Goolwa Beach provided much needed relief and the chance to meet up with the Ngarinjerri Kuti Rangers.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that this gallery does contain images and voices of people who have died.