abe ape is a poet, a rapper, a raconteur and a thoughtful soul who seeks to open others' eyes to world around them with his words. his voice has a quality to it that just makes you want to listen to everything he says. thankfully there is no shortage of substance to back up the style when it comes to abe's work and he is an artist who demands attention. in late 2012 we hung out few times whilst he rehearsed and refined his poetry for a series of slams and this series was born.
footscray is home to a handful of hidden away sheesha cafes, where people come to relax, smoke and catch up with friends. they are a fascinating window into another world; one that recent arrivals from south sudan, somalia and eritrea, amongst other places, throw open to us in bringing this piece of life from their former homes to their new one.
photography brings me into contact with a lot of great people, some of whom i meet once or twice before our paths diverge, some who i am lucky to keep in touch with for longer periods of time. trying to make a memorable portrait of someone is one of the most enjoyable aspects of photography and here you will find some of my most recent favourites.
major chord is the floating moniker of songwriter/producer dan flynn, which In recent times has swelled to include band members meabh friel (vocals, violin, mandolin), aaron pepper (drums, keys) and phil collings (bass). in february 2013 they recorded major chord's latest album 'transition' at the newmarket studios in north melbourne. i went along to document several of their sessions.
melting pot music
the crew at melting mot are passionate about melbourne's live music scene and promote a number of damn fine events around town to support up and coming artists. they are great people and I'd strongly recommend that you check out one of their nights as soon as you get a chance! go to meltingpotonline.com to find out more.
all of the individuals featured in this series live at mefou park sanctuary in cameroon, run by the british n.g.o. 'ape action africa', and each one is a victim of the illegal bushmeat trade that threatens the long-term survival of many primate species. each individual will have witnessed the killing of several family members during the event that led to his or her capture and many will have suffered abuse at the hands of his or her captor prior to the good piece of luck that led to them being rescued by ape action africa.
bushmeat is a generic term that describes any wild-caught animal meat and everything from tiny rodents to 500kg gorillas are considered fair game in the eyes of hunters. in the past, such hunting was carried out in a small-scale way, predominantly to supplement the diets of rural communities, but this is now a thing of the past and high-calibre weapons, along with access to new frontiers brought about by primary industries such as logging and mining, have stacked the odds heavily against wildlife. ape action africa is one of a number of n.g.o.s that is fighting to protect individuals impacted by the bushmeat trade and to educate communities about the damage that unfettered hunting does to ecosystems.
mefou park primate sanctuary is run by the ngo 'ape action africa' and is home to 25 gorillas, 100 chimpanzees and more than 200 monkeys, all of whom are victims of the illegal bushmeat industry. the park is staffed by a dedicated group of cameroonian animal carers and vets, who work hard to ensure that the individuals placed under their care have as safe, healthy and enriched lives as possible. it is a 365 days per year job. this series is dedicated to all of the primates at mefou - both of the human and non-human varieties. for more info please visit apeactionafrica.org.
new from old
This album features an organisation that visits rural communities in Cameroon to teach women how to turn waste plastic bags into items such as purses and key-rings. The skills learned at these workshops provides dual benefits of giving the women the opportunity to make a supplementary income, whilst also turning a readily-available, but environmentally damaging, waste product into something useful.