Aboriginal songwriter, musician & singer, Archie Roach.
The original photo was of Archie on stage with a somewhat boring marquee as backdrop, so I decided to put the emphasis on Archie, and ‘spruce’ it up a bit, blending it with one of my cloud/sky photographs, and re-working the colour and lighting.
~ I have the honour and the pleasure of knowing Archie, and have had several enjoyable opportunities to share time, conversation and a few laughs with him over the years. His life and testimony is more than just interesting, and much of him as a person — his depth and sincerity, his views and experiences — are expressed through his music/lyrics. I am proud to know him as a gentle-man and a friend.
As performers, Archie and Ruby (deceased) have travelled the world stage — attending the smallest to the largest of festivals and functions.
Archie is inclined to not want to travel “too far” these days, and prefers spending as much time as possible with his children and ‘large’ family, residing in a small & quiet rural/coastal town in Victoria (Australia).
In my view, Archie is a unique Australian, and a walking testimony to the integrity and resilience of the Aboriginal spirit, and the genuine spirit of Australia — as ‘true blue’ as you’re ever going to find.
~ Archie singing From Paradise here