Celebrating the suburb
PORTRAITS CAPTURE DIVERSITY OF RESIDENTS
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.”
Amie Hope has helped capture the faces of Mt Druitt for a new exhibition.