Here’s something a little different. As part of my current work for Tourism and Events Queensland, I have been photographing a number of events around Australia, including most recently, the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair. Currently in its sixth year, this is a festival that highlights Australia’s truly unique aboriginal culture and showcases the visual art of Queensland’s First Nation. Featuring not only traditional art pieces but also performance through song, dance, fashion, screen and theatre – alongside an Art Market, workshops and informative talks – this was a very special event to witness. Of which the highlight was no doubt hearing Archie Roach sing live – an artist my wife and I have listened to for over twenty years now. If you want to know more about the aboriginal people then treat yourself to one of his albums, his voice is incredible and his songs are heartfelt and poignant.
As part of my photographic coverage of the destination and the event, I photographed the Birrimbi Dulgu Bajal (Sea and Rainforest Dreaming) Fashion Show – curated by Grace Lillian Lee – on the evening of the 31st July. I’m certainly no fashion photographer! But it was a lot of fun and the clothing, the models, the music and the lighting all created an incredible masterpiece for me to work with. Here are just a few of my personal favourites from that night.
All photographs taken on the Nikon D4s with 24-70mm lens, hand-held with no flash. ISO3200-ISO6400.
All images copyright Chris McLennan