Head Girl

Newly confirmed Head Girl, Sisi, 15, at the Fiji School for the Blind, Suva.

Sisi suffers from albinism, a congenital condition that causes a lack of pigmentation in the skin, hair and eyes. Fiji has one of the highest prevalences of albinism in the world - 1 in 700, as opposed to 1 in 17,000, almost 25 times the average rate in other countries.

Albinism in Fiji is widely misunderstood and people with albinism often experience prejudice and discrimination. Nevertheless, efforts are being made to destigmatise the condition, especially in the more remote villages across the island nation.

Some of the effects of albinism include extreme sensitivity to the sun, high rates of skin cancer and poor eyesight. Many suffer from visual impairment and blindness.

This portrait was taken during the prefect induction day at the Fiji School for the Blind, where Sisi was announced as Head Girl of the school.

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T.J. Hickey - 15 Years On, Rally

Yesterday marked the 15th anniversary of the death of T.J. Hickey, who died during a police chase. Family and supporters claim T.J.’s death was a direct result of police actions, despite an internal inquiry and coroner’s report clearing them of any responsibility.

A small but passionate crowd of men, women and children gathered at the site of T.J. Hickey’s death in Waterloo, where speeches were given. The protesters shouted “They say accident, we say murder” as they turned and marched to Parliament House in the presence of an overwhelming police force, including riot squad members.

At Parliament House, members of ISJA (Indigenous Social Justice Association) and the mother of T.J., Gail Hickey, presented Greens parliamentarians, Jenny Leong and David Shoebridge, with 12,000 signatures on a petition demanding an independent inquiry into the case.

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T.J. Hickey - 15 Years On

Gail Hickey brandishes a photograph of her son at a police officer, on the anniversary of T.J. Hickey’s death during a police chase, fifteen years ago today.

More pics to come.

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New Born

A 3-week new born baby nestles on her mother’s shoulder on her first public outing, Kings Cross, Sydney.

35mm Kodak Tri-X film, black and white, Nikon F2AS.

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Iza

Iza, Piccolo Bar, Kings Cross, Sydney.

35mm Kodak Tri-X film, black and white, Nikon F2AS.

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The Heart of the Dragon

Ken and Farha, Dragon Music, Suva, Fiji.

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Claire

Portrait of Claire, Piccolo Bar, Kings Cross, Sydney.

35mm Kodak Tri-X film, black and white, Nikon F2AS.

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A Young Girl - Soa School Book Drive

A young school girl peers out from a class room, Soa Village, Viti Levu, Fiji.

Soa was decimated by Cyclone Winston in 2016, Fiji’s biggest ever cyclonic event. Since then, the remote village of 500 has been gradually recovering.

Today, the local school accommodates Years 1 to 8. Although the school has several computers, they often lie idle as the village’s diesel generator is unreliable and prone to power fluctuations which threaten the computer hardware.

The school library is also under-resourced and is need of reading material for its students.

Over the next few weeks, I will be posting several photographs from Soa village and asking people with used children’s books (suitable for Years 1 to 8) to donate them to the school.

Please contact me here if you have any unwanted books for donation. Shipping has been generously arranged.

Imagine, a school with no Internet and only books!

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Cagi and Roko

Last year, Cagi moved from Soa village in north eastern Viti Levu, Fiji, to the bustling capital of Suva to assist and help care for her ageing aunt, Roko, and to find work. In the wake of Cyclone Winston, she left behind her daughter, grandson, mother and blind father. Happy to care for her aunt, she also feels homesick for the rest of her family and for village life.

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The Godfather of Fijian Rock and Roll

A photo shoot with ‘The Godfather of Fijian Rock and Roll’, Ken Janson Ho, at his nightclub, the famed Golden Dragon, Suva, Fiji.

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Tom Mawi

A photo shoot with legendary Fijian guitarist, Tom Mawi, upstairs, at the Golden Dragon, where he started his career, Suva.

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Most Wanted - School Library Book Drive

Two boys play with a wheel barrow, Soa village, Viti Levu, Fiji.

Soa was decimated by Cyclone Winston in 2016, Fiji’s biggest ever cyclonic event. Since then, the remote village of 500 has been gradually recovering.

Today, the local school accommodates Years 1 to 8. Although the school has several computers, they often lie idle as the village’s diesel generator is unreliable and prone to power fluctuations which threaten the computer hardware.

The school library is also under-resourced and is need of reading material for its students.

Over the next few weeks, I will be posting several photographs from Soa village and asking people with used children’s books (suitable for Years 1 to 8) to donate them to the school.

Please contact me if you have any unwanted books for donation. Shipping has been generously arranged.

Imagine, a school with no Internet and only books!

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Boy At Desk

Boy at Desk, Soa Village, Viti Levu, Fiji.

Soa was decimated by Cyclone Winston in 2016, Fiji’s biggest ever cyclonic event. Since then, the remote village of 500 has been gradually recovering. Today, the local school accommodates Years 1 to 8. Although the school has several computers, they often lie idle as the village’s diesel generator is unreliable and prone to power fluctuations which threaten the computer hardware.

The school library is also under-resourced and is need of reading material for its students.

Over the next few weeks, I will be posting several photographs from Soa village and asking people with used children’s books (suitable for Years 1 to 8) to donate them to the school.

Please contact me if you have any unwanted books for donation. Shipping has been generously arranged.

Imagine, a school with no Internet and only books!

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