SUE JACKSON Therapist | Writer | Photographer | Activist

An avid blogger for the last fifteen years, I believe in the power of the word to change the world. I have participated in, and reported on, a range of protests during this period, including the successful East-West Link campaign and, more recently, our wonderful, home-grown Extinction Rebellion (XR). If you believe, like I do, that it is time for ordinary people to rise up in defence of the planet, I encourage you to explore this blog, share it with your networks, and – of course – take action.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Photo Collage: 'No Tunnel. No Way.'

Next Sunday afternoon, 1 February, I would like to invite you all to the Women's Photography Exhibition (above), which includes my collage 'No Tunnel. No Way'.
I was delighted to be asked to participate in the exhibition, especially as it provided the opportunity to showcase the historic triumph of us opponents of the East-West Link (aka the 2015 recipients of Yarra's Community Service award!).
And the timing of the exhibition couldn't have been better. With the dud tunnel finally dumped, with, as Ian Bird put it so eloquently, 'a stake through its miserable heart', for the first time in months, like so many others, I have had the time to stop and take stock. With the creation of the collage as impetus, I have trawled through the thousands of photos I took during the campaign and made selections that I hope best capture some of the highlights and the people who made it all possible.
But the process was not always an easy one. When I started the project I chose over 300 contenders for the 40 or so spots on the collage. Painfully I whittled them down, killing off lots of my darlings in the process, until I was left with a mere 105 photos. I had three objectives in making the collage: Firstly, to honour the people who had taken to the streets in opposition. Secondly, to tell the story of the campaign. And thirdly, to make art. The hard realisation was that sometimes those objectives were in conflict.
Reducing the number of photos to the mere 40 that proved optimum for the composition meant leaving out some people who were central to the campaign. So please accept my apologies if you don't appear. It is no reflection on my opinion of your importance to the campaign; it was simply that in the end I had to choose pictures that best advanced the narrative or improved the overall composition.

Below are just a few of my favourites that space didn't permit me to include:

But there are still lots of faces and occasions that will be familiar and inspiring to you in the collage. I don't think I'll be giving too much away if I say that Kat, Marceline and the 'Unknown Woman' (unknown no more since she unmasked herself at the celebration party) play a central role. As to the rest, come to the opening and see for yourself. And just in case you're having trouble with the small print in the invitation above:

It's on next Sunday, 1 Feb, between 4pm and 6pm at Photonet Gallery (upstairs) 15A Railway Place Fairfield - opposite Fairfield Railway Station. It would be great to see you there!


Blogger Luke C Jackson said...

I can't wait to see the finished product!

12:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great photos, important historical record of a win for people power.

6:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great stuff, well done.

6:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry Sue we missed your exhibition, have only just seen the notice. Thank you for all your hard work covering the East West Link saga and events. I hate to say some of us are still at our computers till the early hours of the morning trying to wind up the EW Link debacle. Can you come and photograph the monstrous light towers about to be erected on Princes Park funded by Linking Melbourne Authority, now defunct, to compensate the City of Melbourne for the loss of sports fields in Royal Park, now not happening. This was just an excuse to alienate parkland for competitive sport. We are getting our lawyer to investigate whether this arrangement is legit. Also being worked on is the inclusion of Royal Park in the State Heritage Register - Matthew Guy made exemptions so the EW Link could be routed through Royal Park. Some heritage protection!. We are working to get removal of the exemptions to get full heritage protection. Also threats to Melbourne's parks - the Water Slide events in Lansdowne St. and Treasury Gardens the next coming up this weekend and the 2 restaurant applications - land grabs for parks in Yarra - 1 the "Green Park Dining" on the Link Park Fitzroy and 2 on Burnley Park Cremorne. Come to Richmomd Town Hall on Tuesday 17 February, starting 7 pm at Richmond Town Hall re Green Park Dining lease. There are 350 objections - fantastic The EW Link battle seems to have raised consciousness about need to protect parks.

11:51 PM  
Blogger Sue Jackson said...

Hi Julianne,

Thank you too for all your hard work and dedication. I absolutely agree that the success of people power against the East-West Link has given a lot of people more confidence that we can win. Our parklands are a precious resource that we all need to fight for, and you are an inspiration on that front!

1:10 AM  

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