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I ARRIVED WITH ONE SUITCASE
This is a statement I heard many times while growing up.......... never quite understanding what my Greek migrant mother meant by this.
Now that I am older, I ask the questions that need to be asked, before they are lost forever. Mum.....what was in that suitcase when you arrived to Australia so many years ago?
These questions can sometimes open up a can of worms and bring up many painful memories. But over many cups of coffee and the odd glass of wine, softly, gently...mum started opening that suitcase for me to look into.
I have put together this body of work to bring to light a small glimpse of my mother’s journey to this far away land and what was in her suitcase.
I photographed some of my mother’s precious items amongst the Australian bush and rainforest.
I was born in Sydney and am currently based on the south coast of NSW. I have a Diploma in Photography and Photo imaging - Medium format film photography and wet darkroom techniques.
My love affair with photography began when I was given a 1971 Kodak Instamatic. However, life got busy as it does and I had to put my photography aside. I travelled, had a family and a career. Life’s myriad of experiences have added a patina of compassion and observations to the person that I am now today.
My photographic work ranges from Portraits, Botanical studies and Landscapes. I am inspired by people all around me and feel so privileged to use photography as a way to tell stories.