My father emigrated to Australia in the 1950s as a ten pound pom.
I could never imagine having to leave my home country for a new start in a strange land, albeit able to speak the same language.
I have utmost admiration for those who have to, whatever their reasons. And especially for the women who need to do this, without speaking the native tongue AND facing the physical challenges that men are spared.
This was one reason for me creating the images for my exhibition in 2015, Colour is Life.
It featured local people who had made Bendigo home, coming from many countries. I wanted to highlight their traditions via costume as well as the beauty of each and every person who emigrates.