Milky Way Backdrop For NAIDOC Message

Featuring at this year’s annual NAIDOC art exhibition is Lennox Head Photographer Amanda Francis and her ‘Mandy J Rock Photography.’

After only taking up photography in the last couple of years, Amanda has already ‘rocked’ the cover of the Lennox Wave twice and now her experimental approach to photography and digital imaging is gaining national attention.

Amanda’s four pieces displayed in the NAIDOC Exhibition were made possible after submitting and being selected for an Artist Grant from NADA (National Association for the Visual Arts).

While the grant assisted in the costs of printing the images, the encouragement of her friends and work colleagues is where Amanda has gained her confidence from and the inspiration to continue her photographic passion.

Her improvement has been astronomical since she started studying for a Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging at TAFE. And I do mean literally astronomical. Take another look at the photo attached to this story. The image is not a painting; but a series of photographs layered and digitally worked over a backdrop photo of the Milky Way Galaxy.

Better still, go and see the original piece at the Exhibition and you will be immersed in the story of Dugunnam Ngahri (Pipi Dancing) and Dubayjars Mindjehla (Girls Laughing).

In this featured piece Amanda has managed to combine both her photographic hobby with her ‘day job’ as a Goori Youth Worker at BUNJUM Aboriginal Corporation in Ballina. Seen in part, is the silhouette of three girls laughing, a moment captured at a Girls Dance Group during a BUNJUM program that Amanda coordinates in conjunction with Ballina Coast High School.

The sale of this piece will add to fundraising, as after a commission to the Gallery, all proceeds from the purchase of this work will go directly towards expanding on Goori Youth Cultural Camps.

Amanda hopes to run more art projects where she can pass on her photography and digital imaging skills to the Goori Youth who are now more receptively drawn to this contemporary medium than the old ‘brush in hand’ methods.

The ANNUAL NAIDOC ART EXHIBITION also features more vibrant diverse works by other Aboriginal artists living and working in the Northern Rivers and runs until Sunday 23rd July at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery, Ballina.

Go to the Gallery’s website for more details

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