Kalumburu Photography Collective shoot!

Kalumburu Photography Collective shoot!

Remember back in late 2017 when the newly formed Kalumburu Photography Collective did a photoshoot with our first collection? With the help + mentorship of WA photographer Freedom Garvey, and Clare Wood from Enterprise Partnerships WA, the team recruited models, managed a budget, scouted locations, learnt about lighting, angles and editing. It's been a while - you can catch up here.

 

This experience led to models + photographers requesting a collection featuring Kalumburu designs and stories!

 

'I'd like to learn screen printing, and have clothes up for sale, I'd like Kalumburu stories on fabric, I reckon the young women would feel good about it (wearing Kalumburu designs)' 

- Maria Fredericks, photographer

 

We took up the invitation to work with the community and returned to Kalumburu in August 2018 to facilitate a textile design workshop at the Kalumburu Strong Women's Centre.  


The collection was due to be launched and photographed in Kalumburu in 2020 but like most 2020 plans, these were quickly skittled by a global pandemic!

 

With travel between states restricted, we called on our best WA photographers + their team of mentors to see if they could do a shoot of the Kalumburu Collection! Five members of the Kalumburu Photography Collective were already meeting photographer mentors Freedom Garvey + Sarah Landro of Camera Story in Broome to do a photography workshop (funded by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation as part of the Tramulla Community Action Plan). This provided a great opportunity to shoot the first few Kalumburu Collection samples.




The Broome workshop built on the mission of the Kalumburu Photography Collective to use photography and enterprise development as a way for women to strengthen culture and connection to country and to explore meaningful employment pathways.

 

The purpose of the workshop was to continue building technical photography skills and to support the women to learn how to work to a professional brief and a budget through the Magpie Goose photo shoot. There was also an opportunity to do some street + landscape photography. A key feature of the workshop was "learning to navigate our confidence and/or vulnerability with photo plays (being in front + behind of the camera) to help us understand some of the feelings our subjects may have, and thus become better photographers" explained facilitator Freedom Garvey.



Return to Kalumburu!

The clothes then travelled back to Kalumburu with some of the Photography Collective, where a fabulous group of women were able to model stories designed in Kalumburu, about Kalumburu, in Kalumburu. We even had some of the same models from three years ago - this time with a baby in tow! Clare Wood from EPWA told us that during the shoot, lots of stories about Lanky were shared!! That brolga truly was loved by one and all.



"A photo is like a book, it can tell you many stories even if it is just one picture"

- Photographer + model Kitty Fredericks



 

"It's great that they (the photos) have been used to inspire other people & that they would like to use my pictures. I would like to continue to do this & hope that 2021 would be great to do this & get back on my feet after 2020"

- Photographer Maria Fredericks

 


"I can't express how I am feeling in words about what I have achieved, it's inside of me"

- Photographer Maria Fredericks



Thanks to all of the models: Kimberley French, Colleen Mangolamara, Mahlena-Mae Clerc, Jub Clerc, Freedom Garvey-Warr, Racquel Clement, Clare Wood, Zarika Clement, Trinitia Bundamurra, Chelsea Bundamurra, Gina Williams.

And a big thanks to our photographers: Maria Fredericks, Maria Maraltadj, Freedom Garvey-Warr, Sarah Landro, Clare Wood.

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Jenni Grace March 11 2021

I LOOVE the Kalumburu photos . . . and the clothes! 💜 I teach at Kalumburu and was there to watch some of the photo shoot . . . have been waiting excitedly to see! So beautiful! – welldone! 🥰

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