Cap­tur­ing the essence of Australia

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Photography -

PERTH pho­tog­ra­phers Lynn Gail and Seng Mah will lead an ex­pe­di­tion into the cul­tural home­lands of Australia’s first in­hab­i­tants later this year with a tour into East Arn­hem Land in Septem­ber.

Tour par­tic­i­pants will join Yol­ngu com­mu­ni­ties living tra­di­tion­ally, and take pho­tos of ac­tiv­i­ties such as spear fish­ing, paint­ing, weav­ing, food gath­er­ing, danc­ing, story-telling and didgeri­doo play­ing.

Gail, who shoots for travel photography providers Lonely Planet, Getty Images and Robert Harding World Im­agery, said she had en­joyed the travel ex­pe­ri­ence to the area in 2011.

“It’s a tour for lovers of unique travel ex­pe­ri­ences, full of op­por­tu­ni­ties to meet and pho­to­graph one of the old­est cul­tures in the world,” she said.

“We want our guests to ex­pe­ri­ence how In­dige­nous Aus­tralians live, con­nected to the en­vi­ron­ment through their spir­i­tual knowl­edge of their home­lands.

“I had an amaz­ing time there and would like to share the ex­pe­ri­ence of pho­tograph­ing the unique­ness of Arn­hem Land, where the rhythms and rou­tines of Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture are at one with this spec­tac­u­lar land­scape.”

She and Mah will guide par­tic­i­pants with their photography skills and knowl­edge.

“This tour is for any­one who loves photography and is look­ing for a very dif­fer­ent photography ex­pe­ri­ence,” Mah said.

“It’s for pho­tog­ra­phers of all lev­els, from begin­ners to ex­pe­ri­enced shoot­ers.

“I teach photography pro­fes­sion­ally and we want to make sure that ev­ery­one who joins in this tour fin­ishes it with a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of their cam­eras and of tak­ing great pho­tos.”

The tour will be run with In­dige­nous travel com­pany, Lirrwi Tourism, which spe­cialises in hands-on, in­ti­mate travel in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory.

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