All in good TIME
Photography is one of those lines of work that – if you do it for long enough – grants you a few milestones.
Unlike teaching or nursing or farming – essential yet thankless occupations – photographers have exhibitions and competitions, their work is in the public realm and therefore attracts attention beyond those with whom the photographer works or associates. This is something that I’m constantly aware of when I run into a family friend on the street who comments on “how well you’re doing”, because the teacher or the nurse or the farmer – doing arguably far more important work – is rarely given the opportunity for such recognition beyond the confines of their school, their hospital or their farm.
Photography and media is a field in which I’m extremely proud to mix. We do however need to remind ourselves from time to time that attention we enjoy is vastly disproportionate to that afforded to the the majority of other lines of work and vocation.
Nevertheless, it is with great pride that I’ve found myself coming to one of the aforementioned milestones.
Again, and despite drawing attention to this myself by posting it here, I need to deflect some of that attention to those that contributed to the illustration of the TIME International cover story by Hannah Beech. Thank you to Kate Aubusson who convinced fifty-odd passers by to be photographed on the streets of Cabramatta and collected all their details over two chilly winter’s days last month. Thank you to Michelle Molloy – Senior Photo Editor for TIME Intl. – whose tireless professionalism went way beyond the call of duty. Amongst all the other ins and outs of coordinating such a story Michelle gathered the addresses of dozens of portrait subjects so that they could be sent copies of the magazine. It’s a very thoughtful gesture that few in her position would ever make the time for and it’s a testament to the magazine for which she works. And finally the subjects of the photos themselves, I’m eternally grateful for being given the time to meet and photograph you all.
Finally, in an extended moment of Australian political history where our very cultural makeup and humanitarian reputation is being questioned, I’m proud to be associated with such pertinent cover-lines. “We Are Australia“.
Working on this story for TIME and with every day I spend working in the suburbs of Sydney where so many people from less fortunate backgrounds have found their way, I only become more grateful for what Australia has become. Regretfully, it’s with great shame that I view the direction in which the present leaders of our country are taking us and can only hope that the sentiment of TIME’s cover is restored beyond the pages of a magazine before long.