Stars girls in Nhulunbuy and Yirrkala have been pursuing the complex art of portrait photography and were proud to have their beautiful works exhibited by Anglicare at its International Women’s Day (IWD) event in Yirrkala on 8 March.
Before preparing for the exhibition, the girls worked hard learning how to capture not just a ‘likeness’, but also something of the personality or mood of their subject.
They learned how to frame their shots effectively and use natural light and studio lighting to create different effects and atmospheres.
Using each other as models, they first worked on honing their skills, and then each girl wrote to a female role model within the local community, inviting them to have their portrait taken. The portraits then became part of the IWD exhibition.
Year 7 Stars student from Nhulunbuy, Shea McSherry, was thrilled to win the ‘People’s Choice Award’ for her evocative portrait of Yirrkala School Co-Principal, Merrkiyawuy Ganambarr-Stubbs.
Stars is continuing to close the gap in education outcomes, with 96 per cent of our senior girls completing Year 12 in 2017. This is a stunning achievement, particularly when you consider the overall national rate of Year 12 completion for Indigenous people was as low as 65.3 per cent in 2016. The figure was even lower in the Northern Territory at just 39.1 per cent (Closing the Gap Report 2018).
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