Since returning to Australia, she frequently travels overseas, most recently returning from a three-month stay in South East Asia in the summer of 2012-13. She found bliss connecting with the people and land in the hills of Laos where she volunteered. She spent time with a family whose neighbour’s son tragically died in a motorbike accident, Monica was grief stricken but with a family to keep fed and alive, the mother had to get past her grief to take care of them. The memory of this mother will remain with Monica always and wish she had a photo of their son to help his memory live on. Monica is heading to Sri Lanka this February with Rosella the camera to make that possible for other families with Portrait Equality.
Sri Lanka has always been a place that has intrigued Monica, not only because of its vast cultural differences to that she knows. She was drawn to book this trip primarily to take some time away from home to find some inspiration for the year ahead. She hopes her involvement with Portrait Equality will spread some joy to locals as they experience the power an image can create.
Monica’s favourite picture is a photo taken on her fourth birthday with a woman – Vera – who was a mother figure to her in her younger years, and ultimately became one of her dearest friends.