Cel­e­brat­ing the sub­urb

POR­TRAITS CAP­TURE DI­VER­SITY OF RES­I­DENTS

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Danielle Jarvis

A PHOTO ex­hi­bi­tion cre­ated by Mt Druitt Eth­nic Com­mu­ni­ties Agency (MECA), Street Uni Mt Druitt and pho­tog­ra­pher Pete Hawk could be seen on public dis­play in the Mt Druitt Hub.

The ex­hi­bi­tion of 52 por­traits shows the ev­ery­day peo­ple of Mt Druitt go­ing about their daily busi­ness.

The pro­ject, called Com­mu­nity 2770, was orig­i­nally cre­ated to celebrate the di­ver­sity of Mt Druitt for Har­mony Day but the end re­sult was too good not to share it.

MECA man­ager Amie Hope said she and Hawk came up with the idea of cap­tur­ing the faces of Mt Druitt and find out what each per­son loved about the area.

The re­sult was 52 black and white por­traits with cap­tions of each per­son’s thoughts on their home sub­urb.

Ms Hope is work­ing with Black­town Coun­cil to see the ex­hibit dis­played at the Mt Druitt Li­brary Hub.

“It was a com­bi­na­tion of mine and his ideas,” Ms Hope said. “I was like, ‘We should do that in Mt Druitt.’

“He does por­traits of peo- ple ex­actly where they are – it cap­tures the di­ver­sity of the peo­ple walk­ing to and from work, which I thought for Mt Druitt would be so im­por­tant.”

Street Uni Mt Druitt man- ager Julie Dubuc said she recog­nised many of the peo­ple fea­tured in the piece.

“I recog­nised a lot of the faces,” she said.

As the pho­tog­ra­pher’s equip­ment was set up it, Ms Hope said peo­ple would stop and ask about the pro­ject, which she said was unique to the Western Syd­ney sub­urb.

“Peo­ple were quite trigued and in­ter­ested.”

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Pic­ture: MATT SUL­LI­VAN

Amie Hope has helped cap­ture the faces of Mt Druitt for a new ex­hi­bi­tion.

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