A photographer’s response to the closure of an important community assetjohnslaytor / 15/03/2013
Last year the State Government decided to close the West Street Centre in Wollongong.
The Centre provides counselling for child sexual assault and organises self-help groups for survivors of child sexual assault.
It’s interesting to speculate why the State Government targeted the Centre.
One possibility is the Shooters and Fishers Party were uncomfortable with the Centre: The Shooters and Fishers Party website states it is about “Advocating for the politically incorrect” and given the stupidity of its philosophy combined with Barry O’Farrell’s obsequious attitude toward it…
My response to the centre being closed was to volunteer my photographic services to the centre. In this age of billions of photos, I still think that photography can make a difference.
Below are two of my images. Both images were the result of collaborating with volunteers and workers at the centre. Both images were used in a project sent to the Health Minister and Premier.
Before any photography took place, I photographed the poet Peter Skryznecki and when I met with him amongst other things we talked about the centre.
The second image is simple. I’ve used off-camera directional flash to give a feeling of sunlight.
On 30 January 2013, the West St Centre staff met with the Department of Family and Community Services and yesterday the Department has agreed to continue funding the Centre.