Melanie and her partner Jay will be taking Rosella the camera to Thailand this October for her birthday and to do some research on destinations for outbound Australian tourists. (Market Research rules!) Although staying in a resort, they will be traveling all over the islands and town areas and wish to give back to the locals for their hospitality, through the Portrait Equality project.
When Melanie was in Bangalore, India, she had a profound and heart-warming experience with a little Indian girl and her young mother. The girl had not seen a digital screen before, let alone one on a big camera. Her mother asked if Melanie would take their portrait. (She wants you all to know that the depth, colour and opportunity for beautiful photograph in India is countless, every second.)
This is what came to mind when Melanie first stumbled upon Portrait Equality. She knows she can’t make a huge impact to help the less fortunate people and endangered animals on this earth. But she is finding ways to make a difference to make a huge impact to a precious few.
Melanie’s favourite family picture is one taken of her sitting between her Dad and Mum, about 24 years ago, back when everything was film (although little sister isn’t in this one).
It’s special to her because it was taken during a family holiday to Cairns. They all lived in her Dad’s plumbing van that she can still remember so clearly. They are all sitting on the bottom step of my uncle’s place, where she also has fond memories.