Many of the Australian Aboriginal artists are women. I was fortunate to be given permission to take this photo, as with many indigenous cultures there are differing thoughts and beliefs relating to images of themselves and hence “candid” photography can be in some circumstances, very offensive.
Many people believe that the patterns and symbols used in this art are “random” and/or “abstract”, however it is usually well structured with many recognisable symbols used to represent men, women , babies, creatures both in their daily lives and mythical traditions, along with features of their country.
It’s a pity that some “non-indigenous” and either unwitting, or plain unscrupulous people replicate this art in a random manner without the true understanding of the art and its representation. And many make some very big profits from this deception.
(Canon 300D – Sigma 18-200mm OS lens)
Artist location: Darwin / Background: Kakadu