Monthly Archives: January 2013

7seven nominations welcome

Photo- Conor Ashleigh © 2013 All rights reserved. Local sustainable builder and environmentalist chats with a older environmentalist about the origins of the movement some decades ago.

 

Nominations for the 7seven project are now open! To find out all the information about the two week long workshop visit Newcastle Museum’s website hereSAVE THE DATE Sunday March 3rd Nominees will be invited to attend the initial one day workshop on Sunday March 3rd, this is a chance to take part in an initial workshop and learn more about the project.

Below are a few of my photographs from Newcastle made between 2010-2012. Hopefully some visual food for thought for any Novacastrians interested in applying for the 7seven project.

Photo- Conor Ashleigh © 2013 All rights reserved. Geordie Malone creates a dense smoke by adding piles of fresh eucalyptus leaves to the fire outside his shed and caravan.

 

Photo- Conor Ashleigh © 2013 All rights reserved. A trusty companion and member of the Evans family, blind in both eyes but still able to move through the family house with ease.

Photo- Conor Ashleigh © 2013 All rights reserved. Climate change activists scale several coal loaders inside Newcastle Harbour to temporarily force shut coal exports. Newcastle is the worlds largest exporter of black coal and the nations coal industry is its greatest contribution to climate change.

Photo- Conor Ashleigh © 2013 All rights reserved. Deng a member of a local Sudanese-Australian hip hop group Nadus hangs out at home with MC Willo.

 

 

7Seven an exciting project for 2013

Novacastrians I am pleased to announce 7Seven is upon us!

 

7Seven flyer

As the flyer above states Newcastle Museum is now accepting applications for the 7Seven project. Applicants will then be invited to attend the nomination day on Sunday March 4th where I will run a series of small workshops and we will also go on a small photography tour through parts of Newcastle.

7Seven is an incredibly exciting project and I am delighted to be involved. After months of meetings and conversations with Newcastle Museum people we have agreed on the following things being key to what  will define this project 7 people of 7 different ages will use 7 pictures to tell collectively 7 stories of 7 different Newcastle’s. In case you didn’t realise we really like 7!

If you are interested in submitting an application, or you know a character who you think would be perfect this could be a grandparent, neighbour, from sporting/religious group, neice or nephew etc please do so as soon as possible.

 

Haiti 3 years on

Photo- Conor Ashleigh © 2012 All rights reserved. A view from the mountains of Canaan Camp which overlooks neighbouring areas outside Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince. After the earthquake in January 2010, thousands of Haitians fled the capital and began living in temporary shelters on the mountains above Croix-des-Bouquets. Camp Canaan is one of more than 500 camps where its estimated 385,000 are still living.

Tomorrow, 12th January, marks the three year anniversary since the catastrophic earthquake that devastated Haiti killing more than 300,000 and leaving another 1,000,000 homeless. In November 2012 I visited Haiti on assignment for SOS Childrens Village, my timing was impeccable. Flying into Port-au-Prince and just hours later Haiti and other parts of the Carribean was met by Hurricane Sandy which pounded the area for 3 days. Albeit the catastrophic weather conditions I was able to continue with my work thanks to the generous support and resources of SOS Haiti, my work produced in Haiti can be seen via links below.

Photo- Conor Ashleigh © 2012 All rights reserved. A mother who volunteers in the kitchen preparing a hot meal for

Here is a link to a piece of writing about transitioning away from emergency relief and another here about the importance of education in Haiti. As a photographer writing doesn’t come as easily as making pictures does, it was only on return from Haiti that I was able to meaningfully convey my experiences of working on assignment for SOS Childrens Village. One of the main aspects of what I was covering was the shift away from ’emergency/crises funding’ towards more sustainable long forms of development.  Creating real change is a long process and one that in my opinion cant often take place in a matter of weeks, months, years or a couple of funding cycles. With this in mind I was aware that I was privileged to be working with an organisation that has been in Haiti for over 30 years providing consistent long term support for communities through a range of community and education programs. In addition to these programs another vital part of the work which dates back to SOS inception in Haiti is the Childrens Villages which support unaccompanied children many of whom arrive as babies all the way into adulthood. To view more of my photographs from my time on assignment here.

Photo- Conor Ashleigh © 2012 All rights reserved.Teenagers who live inside the Children's Village in Santo dance and sing along to a hip hop song in Creole.

 

Here is a link to One of my multimedia pieces made on assignment for SOS Childrens Village . Increasingly I am working on combined photo and multimedia assignments and while this changes my workflow creating a much more edit heavy workload I believe it also offers another medium for conveying complex development issues usually through human stories for a great audience. I am told the second multimedia piece will be released in the coming weeks and I will provide a link to this as soon as possible.

Photo- Conor Ashleigh © 2012 All rights reserved. Students at an SOS community school in Santo take part in a participatory activity. All teachers have taken part in training which emphasises child-centred education.

In addition to my work on assignment featured above here are a few triptychs taken with a medium format camera using black and white film. These are collections of washing hanging throughout the SOS Childrens Village after Hurricane Sandy

Photo- Conor Ashleigh © 2012 All rights reserved. Triptych of Haitian washing hanging out to dry after Hurricane Sandy during November 2012.

 

 

Photo- Conor Ashleigh © 2012 All rights reserved. Triptych of Haitian washing hanging out to dry after Hurricane Sandy during November 2012.

 

Photo- Conor Ashleigh © 2012 All rights reserved. Triptych of Haitian washing hanging out to dry after Hurricane Sandy during November 2012.

Photo- Conor Ashleigh © 2012 All rights reserved. Triptych of Haitian washing hanging out to dry after Hurricane Sandy during November 2012.

 

A group of young brothers

As part of an ongoing commissioned project Engage Newcastle documenting a range of communities, cultures and subcultures in Newcastle I spent a day this summer at the Mang-guwan cultural arts festival event organised by The Loft.

As I went to introduce myself to the troupe leader I heard a familiar voice and sure enough the leader turned out to be an old friend Michael Heitmeyer. Michael was helping to paint up ‘a group of young brothers’ as he names the group, the dancers were impressive and performed in the summer heat to a crowd of a few hundred gathered at Newcastle beach for Mang-guwan.

 

Photo- Conor Ashleigh © 2012 All rights reserved. Members of a local Aboriginal dance troupe paint up before performing at Mang-guwan cultural arts festival.

 

Photo- Conor Ashleigh © 2012 All rights reserved. Members of a local Aboriginal dance troupe paint up before performing at Mang-guwan cultural arts festival.

 

Photo- Conor Ashleigh © 2012 All rights reserved. Members of a local Aboriginal dance troupe perform at Mang-guwan cultural arts festival.