Raphaela Rosella is a documentary photographer based in Brisbane, Australia. Following on from We met a little early but I get to love you longer, her new series You didn’t take away my future, you gave me a new one urges us deeper still into the world of three young (Australian) mothers: Nunjul, Tammara and Rowrow. Exploring the realities of cyclic disadvantage and limited choice, a certain quietness within the images begs us to take our time and take a long look—not only at the images, but at ourselves, urging us to question our readiness to pass judgement, to stigmatise, to stereotype. With a profound clarity and gentleness of vision, Rosella tells a story of loss and of hope, of vulnerability and of resilience. You didn’t take away my future, you gave me a new one is an account of love, of waiting, and of the passing of time.
At 2530km, the Murray River is Australia’s longest waterway, meandering through the country from the Snowy Mountains to the Southern Ocean. Over the many decades since European settlement, the river has become a wrought system of dams, weirs and channels that have restricted and politicized its flow. Melbourne-based photographer Daniel Boetker-Smith combines portraits, still-lifes and landscapes to create The Murray River Project, a modern-day compendium of stories found along the Murray, journeying into environmental and social landscapes that stretch along it. Employing strategies of chronological anarchy, the project’s unfolding narrative is a poignant cue for storytelling that is non-linear and multi-layered—like life, like memory, or like the river.