We are fortunate to meet fantastic individuals who also had the bright idea to give back through providing family portraits on their own. They become our guest photographers when they wish share their experiences and photographs with us through Portrait Equality. Meet some of these like-minded people and the projects they themselves have started:
Lee Docherty is a photographer based in Mt. Beauty, North-east Victoria. She is best known for photographing wedding and portraits utilising the spectacular Victorian high country as her backdrop. Big mountains, beautiful long grass and even crisp winter snow feature in her work.
Before turning to photography, Lee was an Occupational Therapist in Australia, Singapore and the USA. She specialised in humanitarian services, including working with the American Red Cross in disaster relief.
After returning to Australia, Lee has now turned her eye to photography, but combines her two work experiences and passions to conduct a project called ‘The heART Project’. This project involves turning photos of disadvantaged women and their children into a photo book that they can keep for a lifetime. When Lee isn’t working you will find her cruising around in her turquoise 1973 beetle, with her three kids in the back seat. Read about her time in Cambodia.
Nilmini De Silva is a Sri Lankan-Australian civil engineer with a career in water management. She is passionate about travel, writing, and photography. She loves discovering places that are off the beaten track and people who have the courage to think outside the square. While she grew up in Sri Lanka, she spent nine years in California and a year teaching English in South Korea before migrating to Australia in 1998. She now shares a home with her partner in Hornsby, a northern suburb of Sydney.
She is inspired by the natural world and by the sense of freedom and adventure in the people she meets while travelling. She prefers to travel ‘close to the ground’, in order to better connect with the local culture, people and the environment. Having reached Antarctica she has now fulfilled a life-long dream to spend time on every continent and has visited or volunteered in over 60 countries including a solo round the world trip in 2010. She has just completed a 7-month trip with her partner volunteering in various communities in Europe and spending time with her mum in Sri Lanka. It was while in Sri Lanka that she was inspired to take photographs of the people she met both at her mum’s house and at the fish market in a village called Mirissa in the deep south of Sri Lanka. Read about her time in Sri Lanka.
Jess Wright studies International Relations and Photojournalism. She lives in rural Australia but she will be travelling to Thailand to live there for four months as part of her studies. Jess was so inspired by Portrait Equality that she has decided to use her own instant camera whilst in Thailand as she thinks it really makes a different to peoples’ lives. Portrait Equality reminded her of a recent trip to remote Malawi, Africa where she lived and volunteered for six months. Read about her time in Malawi.