In September 2018 I was in Australia working on a photography project about drug consumption rooms. While I was there the team involved in creating campaigns for Uniting (the organisation that runs the Medically Supervised Injecting Centre) asked if I would be willing to spend a day travelling to photograph a young woman involved in their Fair Treatment campaign. She was going to be doing a part called the ’Long Walk to Treatment’. Of course I said yes, who wouldn’t? But it did almost kill my camera.
Below you can see a selection of the images plus the final image. I’d like to thank Shantell for allowing me to photograph her, and Uniting for giving me the opportunity. As a photographer working in harm reduction having the opportunity to contribute to campaigns like this, and meet amazing people is a true privilege.
So, I mentioned that I almost killed my camera… while that is an exaggeration I have to say my camera sensor took a beating. When we got to the dirt road to do the shoot there was quite a high wind, which from a photography point of view was great. But it was also dusty (the nature of a dirt road is to be dusty) and dust, wind and the need to change lenses will result in a camera full of dirt. As you can see from this image of the ‘spot removal tool’ in Lightroom. Each small circle and dot is where I had to edit out a mark on the image.
Don’t worry, as soon as I got back to the UK I cleaned the sensor… 5 times.