In 2021, Head On Foundation worked closely with Indigenous photographer Michael Torres to create a mentorship program to develop and promote the careers of emerging First Nations photographers. Photographers had the opportunity to be mentored and gain fantastic insights through online workshops with leading industry professionals.
Dangerous stars honours the lives of rabbits, birds, spiders, and the spectrum of other species with whom we share this planet. It draws on my personal experience of Country while tracing my fami-ly’s ancestry. Arising from my deep ties with Bpangerang people, from whom I am descended, and Warl-piri friends who’ve walked with me over the decades of my search.
First sight mentorship program
First Sight was a mentorship program specifically designed to develop and promote the careers of emerging First Nations photographers. This collaborative, workshop-based mentorship provided valuable career skills and also networking and exhibition opportunities. It culminated in a final exhibition as part of Head On Photo Festival 2021, with six participants selected to exhibit.
The program included a fantastic series of online sessions with industry-leading speakers and mentors to help take the participants’ photography to the next level. It developed skills associated with curation, exhibition design, printing and framing, writing and PR, working with galleries and much more.
This project was developed by Head On Foundation with Michael Jalaru Torres and was supported by Create NSW.
From the magazine
While he’s known for images that tackle often confronting subjects involving white Australia’s relationship with Indigenous culture, most of the time, there’s also a whimsy to the works – what Cook calls an openness or softness – which helps make them accessible. But his humour has its genesis in a childhood defence mechanism.
Image: Lowell Hunter from First Sight Since early 2021, Head On Foundation has run First Sight, a mentorship program specifically designed to develop and promote the careers of emerging First Nations photographers. Produced by Head On Foundation with Indigenous photographer Michael Jalaru Torres, it aimed to provide valuable career skills around curation, exhibition design, printing […]
Image: Lowell Hunter, Head On Foundation’s featured exhibition apart of Head On Photo Festival 2021, ‘First Sight‘. Originating with the 1938 Day of Mourning, NAIDOC Week has celebrated and promoted the history, culture and achievements of First Nations peoples for over 80 years. This year’s theme for NAIDOC is Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! […]
Image credit: Mervyn Bishop, courtesy of National Indigenous Australians Agency and Josef Lebovic Gallery, Sydney Happy NAIDOC Week everyone! This year’s theme for NAIDOC is ‘heal country’. To celebrate Indigenous history, culture and achievement, and recognise that country and identity are intertwined, we are acknowledging some of the incredible photographs taken by First Nations photographers. Caution: […]
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