Last year we were privileged to be invited to be part of the Wagga Wagga weaving welcome 2013, airport art project which has resulted in impressive stained sand blasted glass created from the weavings of local Indigenous artists by Wiradjuri elders, Aunty Sandy Warren and Aunty Lorraine Tye, and Ngiyampaa elder Aunty Joyce Hampton, together with Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones.
Sharing and Learning was responsible for taking photos of the artists’ weavings that were used on the glass, creating portfolios of these works and documenting both the process and spectacular finished project.
We were also involved in working alongside a number of trainee documentary makers to create a series of short documentaries on the project.
The project is also notable for its sand blasted inclusion of a Welcome to Wagga in Wiradjuri by Uncle Stan Grant.
It was interesting photographing these objects, as they changed colours throughout the day, appearing clear in bright light and glowing with different colours at sunrise and sunset. The technical challenges were primarily from managing reflections and backlighting.
The project was a good learning process for us, as we seek to work in partnership to support the presentation of powerful indigenous stories.