Whitewash Magazine - Noel Butler On Country
Noel Butler in an Aboriginal Elder from Ulladulla. He’s also a bloke that I’ve got to know over the years and learn to respect a lot. We first met at my Wedding where he performed a Welcome To Country Ceremony - such an honour.
When I was given the opportunity to photograph Noel by the lovely team at Whitewash Magazine I jumped at the opportunity. Noel conducted a Smoking Ceremony, and to say that the photographs were only a small part of the benefits of being part of the experience is an understatement. It was really powerful and moving.
When I captured the above photograph, standing less than two feet away from Noel and eyeballing him through the lens, shivers went down my spine. I felt that moment so distinctly and knew the photo had just made itself.
Here’s a couple more images from the shoot that were run in the magazine: