Hello and welcome to my first ever blog post, I appreciate you taking the time to follow my journey as I share some of my life and photography adventures with you.
I am an accredited member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP) and I’ve recently volunteered to be one of the official professional photographers for the “Reflections Project”.
What is the Reflections Project?
With the generous support of AIPP Accredited Professional Photographers, the RSL and Australian War Memorial; “Reflections” aims to photograph the remaining Veterans of WWII to create a significant archive for the nation that reflects a sensitive portrayal of their elderly state and provide significant comparison to the wartime images of young active men and women.
Veterans will receive a commemorative print in an embossed presentation folder to honour their participation and the images archived with the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
Personally, this was a project that I knew straight away I wanted to be involved with as my own Grandfather served in the Navy during WWII. I know, first hand, what an important part of his life this represented and the ongoing mateship he had with the fellow men and women who served alongside him during the war is certainly worth recording and celebrating for future generations. The RSL was a huge part of his latter life!
Last Saturday I travelled to the Gayndah RSL to meet three very special people! I will introduce you to each and everyone that I meet in due time.
I’m already looking forward to photographing surviving veterans here in Monto and the surrounding areas very soon!
The first Veteran I met was Mr Keith McGilvery who served in the Royal Australian Air Force during WWII. Keith McGilvery was a Corporal in the campaigns of Aitape and Tarakan D Day. Words really cannot describe what a beautiful soul Keith was to meet. My daughter, Miss J who is 9, came with me to assist during the photography session and I’m so glad she did. I think she told me about 5 or 6 times how nice Keith was and how pleased she was to be with me and how fortunate she was to meet him! It’s so important to me that my children learn Australia’s history and share a connection with our veterans. Keith recently suffered a stroke, impairing his speech (which he kept apologising for) and slowing him up a little - he now has to use a motorised wheel chair, that seemed to have a mind of its own! However, we did not notice the impaired speech and could understand his conversation with us just fine - it was just so nice to meet him!
Keith brought his own little digital camera along to the photography session and Miss J snapped a shot of Keith and I together at his request! I must admit I’m getting a little teary as type this post; it’s truly touched my heart.
Keith wanted to know about my Grandfather and I was very surprised when he recognised his name during our conversation - in fact Keith had enlisted at Monto!
You can read more about Keith by going to this link: http://www.pacificvictoryroll.com/page48.htm