Susan Robinson  

Rally In Civic Park by Susan Robinson

July 2024 - Rally In Civic Park

About the Image(s)

I took this photo at Newcastle Community Day in Civic Park in the centre of Newcastle city. This rally marks NAIDOC week. NAIDOC stands for National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee. In the picture you can see a traditional smoking ceremony. The woman with the mike is an Aboriginal elder. I used a wide angle lens to get as many people in the picture as I could, and to include the smoking gum leaves. Australia is moving towards a treaty with the Aboriginal people. I imagine there is something similar in the US with your Indian population. The region including Newcastle and surrounding areas is called "Awabakal."

f/11, 1/30 sec, ISO 400.

1 comment posted

Lou McLove   Lou McLove
Hi Susan, I think that this is an interesting photojournalist type photo. To my eye, the focus and exposure are handled well. I do find the image to be confusing and busy, without your explanation I would not know what was going on. I understand the desire to include as much in the image as possible in order to give the viewer context however to my eye there is no focal point, the smoke could be but I don't think that is the intention.   Posted: 07/10/2024 08:31:10


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