WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this blog post/website may contain images or names of people who have since passed away.
Australia day is celebrated on the 26th of January with a National public holiday, many Australians go to the beach, cook barbecues, play backyard cricket, watch fireworks and generally enjoy themselves, but there are also protests by Australia’s First Nations people who call the day ‘Invasion Day’ or ‘Survival Day’. These protests occur every Australia day, in every Australian Capital city and are growing in not only numbers, but also growing louder every year.
Trying to tell this story with words was not only difficult due to the amount of emotion and politics surrounding the day forcing me to procrastinate over what I had written. After several days I came to the conclusion that a story can be told through the power of a single photo, and there are thousands of powerful photos out there. One photo that immediately comes to mind is ‘Tank Man‘ (Jeff Widener, 1986) who attempted to stop tanks leaving Tiananmen Square by standing in their path. That single photo told a story to the world of a lone man standing up against something bigger than him and believing in it enough to risk his life. With that in mind, (and no more procrastinating) I’ll let the photos do the storytelling and leave the emotional and political charged comments to others.
A proud Indigenous woman stares down the barrel of a TV camera
I am interested to hear your thoughts on how you photograph difficult situations including those that may have emotions attached to them and how you overcame those challenges.
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The them for this week in 52 week smartphone challenge is Warmth which shouldn’t not have been hard to create an image considering Australia is pretty hot and dry, and we have a 3 day long weekend where most Aussies will spend it at the beach or next to the pool cooking a barbecue.
Every now and then, you spot something a little out of the ordinary and this guy certainly fitted that criteria. Never have I seen someone riding a skateboard whilst using an umbrella!
I pulled over, grabbed the phone and captured the above photo which was taken as cars whizzed past almost obscuring this odd view.
The image was cropped, shadows lightened (pants and shoes), It was a pretty bright day and lowering the brightness and exposure created results that I wasn’t happy with hence I have left it as photographed. I used the mobile app, Snapseed to process the image.
Let me know in the comments section what you use to process your cell phone shots.
We’re already 3 weeks into the new year and I can’t believe how fast it’s gone. I also completely forgot ‘The Friday Snap’ this week although at the very last minute I rembered the 52 week smartphone challenge
and as you may have guessed by now this weeks theme is Black and White.
Looking forward to seeing what everyone created and I look forward to getting my act together in time for next week’s theme.