Samson

Andrew  Makowiecki

Melbourne, Australia

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This is a photo taken at the Aboriginal protest against building on a sacred site. The protest was near Kings Park Perth Western Australia.

In the background is the Swan River where Samson and a whole bunch of other kids were playing and fishing.

Samson is the kids real name and he saw me taking photos of some of the others and insisted that I take his photo.

For all his bravado Samson was not that healthy. In the photo he has a runny nose and skin rashes, especially on his legs.

The health of the Indigenous peoples in Australia is very bad. I think aboriginal life expectancy is about thirty years less than the rest of Australia.

The death rate for children is about the same as for very poor third world countries.

I am not sure how the problem can be fixed as it is a complex one. But it is certainly not a good situation for these people.

I had posted this pic before but I found the negatives for this shoot the other day and the image is so much better than the original scan from a print.

Pic was taken on a Pentacon Six Medium Format camera.

Film was the brand new technology at the time Ilford XP1. I used this film because of its great latitude for exposure.

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