Photographers tell Wheatbelt story

29 Jun, 2010 12:30 PM
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Reflecting life: A photo of Marika Hayden taken by Jeno Hayden at the photography workshop held recently.
Reflecting life: A photo of Marika Hayden taken by Jeno Hayden at the photography workshop held recently.

WHEATBELT residents have been encouraged to tell the story of Wheatbelt life through photography thanks to a project being conducted by the Community Arts Network WA.

As part of the project, CAN WA invited professional photographer Brad Rimmer to conduct portrait and landscape photography workshops in Merredin and Kellerberrin recently.

The aim of the June workshops was to assist community members to develop portrait skills and capture images of family members, who will also feature in an up-and-coming audio documentary depicting the life stories of local Noongar people.

The workshops covered how to utilise natural light and location to tell a story and capture images that communicate something about the person and the environment.

Brad Rimmer has recently released a photographic publication called ‘Silence: The West Australian Wheatbelt’, featuring images and portraits from various Wheatbelt towns.

It is not the first time Wheatbelt locals have been encouraged to take a camera in hand.

Last year CAN WA published a book called “Voices of the Wheatbelt” which featured hundreds of photographs taken by Wheatbelt locals, portraying Wheatbelt life.

The photographs from the book will also feature in an exhibition set to tour all over WA this year.

CAN WA representative Ivy Penny said many of the participants who had been involved in both projects were now becoming skilled at photography and producing inspiring work.

“At the workshop it was great to see people building on their existing skills and capturing some really beautiful and creative images,” she said.

The workshops were delivered as part of CAN WA’s Strategic Partnerships Initiative, supported by Healthway: Respect Yourself Respect Your Culture, The Australia Council for the Arts, The Department of Culture and the Arts and the Shires of Merredin, Kellerberrin, Bruce Rock, Quairading and Tammin.

More information about CAN WA’s projects can be found at www.canwa.com.au

Merredin-Wheatbelt MercurySource: http://www.merredinmercury.com.au

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