Capturing the essence of Australia
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.