In May 2012 I was commissioned by Warlayirti Artists Aboriginal Corporation to film and photograph weapon and artifact making practices of the elder men of Balgo, one of the most remote communities in Australia. Within one week of my arrival the most senior of them, a legendary Kukatja lawman named Brandy Tjungurrayi passed away and with him a significant well of law and knowledge. Suddenly the scale of the project expanded to include recordings of oral histories, biographies and spiritual stories, "the true story" as elder Mark Moira regarded it pointing directly at my camera, "We need to put these things in the machine here". (Read more)

7 June, 2012

Mark Moira on country

7 June, 2012 - Wirrimanu   Wirrimanu Elder Larry Gondura, weapon-making at Men's Camp

7 June, 2012 - Wirrimanu

Wirrimanu Elder Larry Gondura, weapon-making at Men's Camp

25 June, 2012 - Wirrimanu

Wirrimanu Elder Bonnie crafting a "Number 7" boomerang at Men's Camp

26 June, 2012 - Wirrimanu

Wirrimanu Elder Bonnie crafting a "Number 7" boomerang at Men's Camp

27 June, 2012 - Wirrimanu

Larry Gondura instructs a young Balgo man in traditional weapon making

25 June, 2012 - Wirrimanu   Wirrimanu Elders Larry and Bonnie weapon making at Men's Camp

25 June, 2012 - Wirrimanu

Wirrimanu Elders Larry and Bonnie weapon making at Men's Camp

25 May, 2012 - Wirrimanu   Brandy Tjungurrayi instructs his nephew Azman in fashioning a spear at Men's Camp. This is the last known photograph of Brandy as he passed away two days later.

25 May, 2012 - Wirrimanu

Brandy Tjungurrayi instructs his nephew Azman in fashioning a spear at Men's Camp. This is the last known photograph of Brandy as he passed away two days later.

5 June, 2012

5 June, 2012

12 June, 2012 - Desert camp   Elders Greg and Bonnie prepare a bush turkey for dinner

12 June, 2012 - Desert camp

Elders Greg and Bonnie prepare a bush turkey for dinner

5 June, 2012 - Yagga Yagga Rd.

5 June, 2012 - Yagga Yagga Rd.

28 June, 2012 - Wirrimanu

Sorry Camp at Brandy's brother "Helicopter" Tjungurrayi's house

25 June, 2012 - Wirrimanu

Wirrimanu musician Bumbin by his Mother-in-laws grave

25 June, 2012 - Wirrimanu   Wirrimanu musician Bumbin at the local cemetary

25 June, 2012 - Wirrimanu

Wirrimanu musician Bumbin at the local cemetary

21 June, 2012

Larry Gondura on country collecting raw materials for weapon making

5 June, 2012 - Yagga Yagga Rd.

"Firestick Farming", controlled burns that revitalize Australia's desert agriculture are regarded as an responsibility of the Wirrimanu men

5 June, 2012 - Yagga Yagga Rd.

5 June, 2012 - Yagga Yagga Rd.

4 June 2012 - Wirrimanu

Catholic Wake for "Brandy" Tjungurrayi held at "Sorry Camp" lead by local Pastor (...). As well strongly observing indigenous spiritual practices the majority of the Wirrimanu people also identify as Catholic, having inherited the church from German and British missions in the mid 20th Century

4 June 2012 - Wirrimanu

Sorry Camp

7 June, 2012

Mark Moira and his sister Bai Bai Sunfly on their native country several hours south of Balgo.
Finalist: "The Changing Face of Human Rights" International Photographic Competition by The Irish Centre for Human Rights

20 May, 2012 - Wolfe Creek Crater