Mother country

Helga Salwe
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These pictures were taken while I was living on a farm in a remote region of north east Victoria, Australia. I was running the property and home educating our children, there wasn’t a great deal of time to take pictures. I usually had a camera and if something moved me on an emotional level I would take a picture and get back to what I was doing. At the time I thought I was documenting life in a rural farming district but in retrospect I realise these images are a reflection of how I was feeling on a personal level; life was difficult and lonely but the beauty of the land was consoling.

My background is in photojournalism and documentary photography. I have worked as a staff photographer for the Melbourne Age and The Times on Sunday and had work published in several major metropolitan magazines including the Good Weekend, The Sunday Herald magazine and the Big Issue. In 2014 I completed a Masters in Contemporary Art at the Victorian College of the Arts. In 2015 Five Mile Press published a book of my rural images titled Mother Country. I have been shortlisted twice for the Bowness Photographic Prize plus numerous other prizes. I exhibit widely and my work is held in both private and public collections including the National Portrait Gallery of Australia, The National Library of Australia and the Epworth Art Foundation. I am also a member of MAPgroup, an independent collective of documentary photographers.

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