First published on Hijacked Amygdala.
First published on Between Scarlett and Guest.
Sometimes when I’m editing my images I don’t know where I’m going till I get there.
Here’s two versions of a shot of Michael Fassbender in Shame.
When I make images from my lap top screen, I move the phone/camera around a lot. I usually (but not always) aim to make something unrecognisable from the original, though my friend and collaborator Richard Guest managed to identify John Simm in this one!
Today, the 26th January is ‘Australia Day’.
“Australia Day is the official National Day of Australia. Celebrated annually on 26 January, it marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and the raising of the Flag of Great Britain at Sydney Cove by Governor Arthur Phillip.”
It is a public holiday. People celebrate.
What is there to celebrate about an invasion?
An invasion of the land of the Aboriginal people who have been here for somewhere between 40 – 60,000 years, if not longer.
There is nothing to celebrate.
Some call it Invasion Day.
Some call it Survival Day.
I am full of shame for this country in which I live.
This racist country in which I live.
I was so pleased to see the doodle on Google today.
No happy happy go Aussie go bullshit.
Below is a video of Stan Grant, an Aboriginal journalist, telling the truth.
Please do watch it.
It is incredibly sad.
And it is shocking.