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The campaign trail heats up in Western Australia’s critically balanced election: photos Bohdan Warchomij February 20, 2017

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PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull has joined WA Premier Colin Barnett on the state election campaign trail, talking up the state’s shipbuilding prospects at the Austal manufacturing yard in Henderson in Perth’s south.

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It was Mr Turnbull’s first press conference with the premier since he arrived in the west to lend his support to the Liberal campaign.

He announced a $100 million upgrade of the defence shipbuilding infrastructure at Henderson. The money will go toward improving ship building production lines and various facilities, a commitment which Premier Colin Barnett warmly welcomed as a job creation measure.

Arriving on the day that both the incumbent Liberals and the Labour parties launched their campaigns at the Octagon Theatre and the Arena respectively  the prime minister flew into Perth from Darwin  on Sunday and was the drawcard for a $10,000 a head Liberal Party fundraiser, attended by a select and very small group of bankers and other leading business people.

On Sunday at the Octagon Michaela Cash and Social Services Minister Christian Porter lead a withering attack on the Labour shadow cabinet with attacks on Michelle Roberts, Margaret Quirk, Mick Murray and John Quigley. Mr Porter  described Mark McGowan as an “underperformer” who would not be able to navigate the international waters of Asian Trade.

Colin Barnett was more circumspect as he unveiled new policies that included stamp duty relief for seniors planning to downsize and a $110 million dollar live export berth at Kwinana. Taking credit for Perth’s vibrant renaissance with the sinking of train services and the building of Elizabeth Quay Colin Barnett asked the faithful to take the fight up to Labour.

“Be bold, be brave, don’t settle for mediocrity.” he told the crowd at the event.

Mark McGowan at the Arena pledged to block the sale of Western Power and announced a plan to put a freeze on TAFE fees and to fund the measure by taxing foreign property speculators, a measure that Lino Iacomello of the Property Council of Australia said was a plan that would backfire badly.

The latest Reach-Tel Poll has indicated that the election is predictably on a knife edge. The “hurricane in a pant suit”, (described colourfully by Christian Porter)  Michaelia Cash warned West Australians not  to remove a strong, stable government to give the “other mob a go”. She said that it would lead to a failed experiment.


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An Iconic Photograph of an Assassination Is the World Press Photo of the Year


Burhan Ozbilici’s photograph is intense and haunting. Shot in the seconds following the assassination of Andrey Karlov, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, it shows the gunman, Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, standing next to the lifeless body, with one hand pointing to the sky and the other still holding the gun. On his face, we can read his fury and determination, making Ozbilici’s photograph one of the most intense images of 2016.

The photograph, which has been equally celebrated for its importance and denounced for its raw depiction of a man’s fanaticism , led the news last December and will continue to do so in the weeks to come after a jury of professional photographers and editors selected it as the World Press Photo of the Year, a prestigious photojournalism award.


Changing the Global Landscape Photos Bohdan Warchomij February 13, 2017

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Chris Lockwood struggling with a raging river at Bells Rapids Photo Bohdan Warchomij

Summer in Perth ends on February 28th and this years unseasonal weather ended with unseasonal rainfall. Perth recorded a near record of 114 mm of rain on Friday. The average rainfall for February is 12.6mm.

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Yagan’s Bridge Photo Bohdan Warchomij

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Photo Bohdan Warchomij

Bells Rapids, one of the transit points for Perth’s Avon Descent which is held on Saturday and Sunday 6th and 7th of August was swamped by spectators watching competitors practising in the turbulent rush of water from the Avon River. The banks of the river which are normally used as parking areas were under water as were areas off West Swan Road and vineyards in the Upper Swan.

The unseasonal rain was the result of a tropical low that lay inland over the western Pilbara, which continued moving south-west and then crossed back over the water near Carnarvon on Thursday and early Friday.

A rain band associated with this system lay over the south of the state, lingering for two days.

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In Karratha, more than 209.4 mm had fallen to 6am on Wednesday, a record for the Pilbara town.

 It was Karratha’s wettest February day ever and its second wettest day of any month, just behind the 212.4mm that fell in January 2006.

BOORNA WAANGINY: The Trees Speak; PERTH INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL Photos Bohdan Warchomij February 11, 2017

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“Rainfall records are tumbling everywhere.”

The opening weekend of PIAF is traditionally held outdoors and festival organisers can normally rely on Perth’s hot, dry summer to cooperate. And it was dry and pleasant enough to attract a very large crowd to the opening night of a very special event called BOORNA WAANGINY.

Nightly live music events at Elizabeth Quay have already been affected by the heavy rain.

The festival attracted thousands of people to an amazing  large-scale light and sound show in Kings Park titled Boorna Waanginy, The Trees Speak — that tells the story of the six Noongar seasons. They are Makuru (the season of fertility and the first rains), Djiiba (the second rain, wetlands and conception) Kamberang (Wildflower season, birth and new life), Birak (The first summer, season of youth,warmth and play), Bunuru (The second summer, season of heat, fire and coming of age), Djeran (Adulthood, the season of ripeness, knowledge and maturity).

It also attracted spokesmen for the Beelier wetlands.

The audience was taken on a 45-minute walk through the park, beginning in Fraser Avenue and ending in the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden.

Coming home from King’s Park last night through a vibrant Mt Lawley the first raindrops fell to announce the approach of Makaru.

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This spectacular sound and light show in Kings Park and the Botanic Garden of Kings Park is the creative project of:

Nigel Jamieson Director,

Zoe Atkinson Artistic Associate and Designer

Sohan Ariel Hayes Media Artist

Dr Richard Walley Artistic Associate and Cultural Advisor

Kingsley Reeve Sound Designer

Kim Scott Writer

Shane Pickett Painter

PIAF acknowledges that the events take place on the traditional lands of the Noongar people and we pay our respects to the traditional custodians of this Country.

Climate Change in the Pacific: Photos Vlad Sokhin PANOS February 10, 2017

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By Janice Cantieri
Photographs by Vlad Sokhin, Panos
Warm Waters is a long-term photographic project by Vlad Sokhin investigating the effects of climate change on the nature and people of communities living in and around the Pacific Ocean. Tackling one of the biggest issues facing mankind through the prism of communities whose very existence is imperilled by Global Warming, Vlad has been travelling across the Pacific region and hopes to cover island nations and significant territories from Alaska to New Zealand. Vlad is collecting visual evidence of man-made causes of Global Warming and Climate Change and how these phenomena are being dealt with in each of the communities. In the first part of Warm Waters, Vlad travelled across countries in the Central and South Pacific – Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, the Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Niue.


Global temperatures hit record highs the past three years in a row—and the people of the Pacific have been feeling the effects.

The Pacific region has experienced devastating cyclones, storm surges, coral bleaching, and irregular rainfall patterns. Sea level rise threatens low-lying islands, where salt water infiltrates drinking water wells and kills staple food crops, as well as damaging property.

Photographer Vlad Sokhin has been documenting environmental changes in Pacific communities since 2013. Sokhin focuses on indigenous communities who are adapting to challenges created primarily by carbon emissions from developed countries, he says.

“In every country I’ve seen effects of global warming and climate change,” he says. “Different countries face different effects. For example, in Guam, the biggest challenge is coral bleaching, but in the last few years, the cyclones have become more intense.”

Abnormally warm ocean waters can bleach corals, which occurs when stressed corals expel the colorful algae living within their tissues. Coral bleaching threatens the reef ecosystem, but increasingly intense cyclones and tropical storm surges pose immediate danger to island residents.

Two category-five cyclones hit the Pacific in the past two years: Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu in March 2015, and Cyclone Winston hit Fiji in February 2016. Winston was the strongest tropical cyclone to hit the Southern Hemisphere in recorded time.

Opening Night of Ngala Wonga Photos Bohdan Warchomij February 9, 2017

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Martine Perrett at Gallery Central Photo Bohdan Warchomij

Martine Perrett’s Ngala Wonga opened at Gallery Central in Perth last night with a huge attendance of elders and family from Kalgoorlie and photographers and artists and friends from Perth. It was a special evening of a very special show. The exhibition includes a great audio visual production of Martine’s photography by sound artist musician Jonathan Mustard.

Head On February 6, 2017

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Head On is back in Sydney. To be part of this major Australian Festival follow the link below this post.



The survival of Australia’s endangered languages – an audio-photo essay by sound artist Jonathan Mustard and photojournalist Martine Perret February 4, 2017

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This post is shared from The Guardian newspaper and asks important questions about culture and language through Marine Perret’s photo essay.


Dinny Smith (pictured above left and heard singing) is a Panagka man, born with the traditional name Kuyayin in the desert region of Jameson (Mantamaru). His language is Ngaanyatjarra; Laurel Ngunu Cooper (pictured above and heard whispering) was taken away from her parents when she was five years old. She is part of the Stolen Generations; Deborah Cutter (top picture) is seen having fun after a long day hunting goannas and kangaroos in the bush around Wiluna, Western Australia. A baby kangaroo she rescued from the one of the hunted is hiding inside her shirt.

Photographer Martine Perret’s haunting images and audio recordings from Western Australia capture its landscape, people and native languages – some of them close to extinction. The work, titled Ngala Wongga (meaning Come Talk), has been  on show at Goldfields Arts Centre on 30 September for six weeks and will open in Perth on 8 February 2017. Within it she asks: ‘What is the future for Australian Indigenous languages?’

• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that this photo essay may contain images and voices of people who have passed away. In publishing this essay, we wish to honour and celebrate their lives.

As a young child, Glenys Williams (pictured below) used to speak Putijarra language. She now speaks Mardu language. In 2004, there were estimated to be four speakers of the Putijarra language. It is a highly endangered language. ‘When I was young, I lived at Lorna Glen station, 150km north east of Wiluna,’ she says. ‘At that time, I did not learn how to get food from the bush by my parents. I feel I grew up as a ‘white’ person as I was never taught the traditional Aboriginal customs.’

The Importance of History: An amazing Investigation into Black Lives on Brooklyn Street January 28, 2017

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This amazing story from Annie Correal who finds an abandoned photo album on a street in Brooklyn and tracks down the family

who put it together highlights the importance of personal and local history to record what is lost on a daily basis.

Personal history is ephemeral, like people’s lives and can easily finish up on the trash heap.

Annie Correal’s personal adventure and perseverance has given us an eloquent insight into black lives

and a wonderful history lesson.


Love and Black Lives,
in Pictures Found
on a Brooklyn Street

A discarded photo album reveals a rich history of black lives, from the
segregated South to Harlem dance halls to a pretty block in Crown Heights.



One night six years ago, on a quiet side street in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, I came across a photo album that had been put out with the trash. I lived around the corner, and I was walking home when I saw it sitting beneath a streetlamp on Lincoln Place.

It looked handmade, with a wooden cover bound with a shoelace. But it had been tied up with twine, like a bunch of old newspapers, and left atop a pile of recycling.

Perth Fringe Festival Returns: Opening Night Photos Bohdan Warchomij January 21, 2017

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Perth Fringe Festival Returns: Opening Night Photos Bohdan Warchomij

Photos Bohdan Warchomij