This image was taken on the South Perth esplanade with Perth CBD esplanade in the background.

The couple are immigrants from the Phillipines and the seem so full of hope of life.

What I like about this image is the couple remind me of my parents and their friends from my childhood.

My parents were refugees from Europe and Aftica. They were refugees because of World War Two.

They were so full of hope for their futures and happy to be in Australia away from the troubles.

Looking at this couple you can see the same thing.

One thing I have to comment on is there was as extreme a backlash against the post war migrants as there is now against the boat people.

In their lives my parents and their friends were as useful a proud Australians as any one. So the attitude of the Australians of the time was as wrong then as it is now against migrants.

All migrants eventually find their own way in Australian Society. They include Indians, Chinese, Iranian, Afghans jews and so on, all it takes is time.

I remember stories of how dirty Yugoslavs were and greasy Greeks. Most of my friends were Italians they were called Wogs. Not that many people were like that but it was there to a substantial degree.

I also have to mention how kind people were to my family as well to paint a true picture of society. I guess that is the kind of society we live in now. Some hate and a lot of love. A mixed society lol

Because of my background I have to support refugees and migrants. I honestly can’t understand they backlash against them.


  • athex
    athexover 2 years ago

    Well said – is this a recent shot? Hope you are out shooting again.

  • Thanks Al a fairly recent shot and I will start doing a lot more stuff soon. What I have been doing is some video work or at least learning to lol and editing my photos

    I also have a couple of books to write and edit, also plan a project which I have lined up for next year. Also I have been meaning to do some more video work and other stuff. Too much to do and and not enough time lol.

    Al have a look on Youtube on andymak54 Channel. My latest is "The End " a slide show set to the doors song.

    – Andrew Makowiecki

  • Maree Cardinale
    Maree Cardinaleover 2 years ago

    I can’t understand it either Andrew. It makes me despair. The hate and ignorance is misfounded. As you say, all it takes is time for immigrants to become ‘useful’ members of society… and for f*%Ksake we are all members of the human race, if we have to help them for awhile before they become ‘useful’ so be it. We grow as they grow.
    The malice towards boat people in particular saddens me no end. We have NO IDEA what drove them to take such a desperate path.
    This is beautiful Andrew and so are your words.
    Maree xox

  • Thanks Maree you understand what I am saying I am grateful for that.

    Here is a story of ignorance which may amuse you. My best friend is Egyptian a lovely guy who however has the strange for a middle easterner political view. His view is that people from the Middle East should not be allowed into Australia. We couldn’t stop laughing when we first heard this from him.

    – Andrew Makowiecki

  • mellychan
    mellychanover 2 years ago

    so many australians forget where their beginnings lie. this is so poignant.

  • Thanks Melly the joy and hope that migrants have always gets me

    – Andrew Makowiecki

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