This year's submission into the 2019 portrait awards run by Lens-Culture Magazine: Is set to raise a few eyebrows.
Titled: The Student, features a student with disabilities that undertook one of my short photography classes.
Students come in many forms. However, none like any other are those suffering from disabilities and in need of special care and attention. For many young people during this time, they can feel lonely, lost in the world, and at times defeated before they have had a good shot at the world. Even more so: not being able to express these feelings openly burdens those even more as there is no outward way to counsel these feelings and emotions. By choosing to be a role model, teacher, or a friend of a person with special needs. You could be the one person who brings a smile back from their dark world and gives light, contrast, and meaning to them. This picture represents a powerful moment in my photography classroom where everyone is able to achieve, but also capture the moment that a smile from deep down could no longer be held back.
2019 is shaping up to be a year with a lot of social justice for the youth of Australia. But also internationally as projects like these empower people to express ideas like this through art and photography.