Travel

Virtual EAL New Arrivals Program by Glenn Dixon

In April we travelled to four schools in regional Victoria to document the stories of three students who receive specialist English language support as part of the Virtual English As An Additional Language (EAL) New Arrivals Program. 

I was commissioned by the EAL and Multicultural Unit of the Department of Education and Training to create films promoting the program. Our objective is to raise awareness of the program within regional school networks and encourage more families to take up this valuable offering.  

I invited my father to join my on the road to share the driving and support the production. In the first week we visited Albert, a Nepali student attending Mitta Mitta Primary School. Next we drove to Murrayville to film Micaela, a South African student attending the Community College. The following week we were in Apollo Bay to capture the story of Art, a year 9 student recently arrived from Thailand. Once back in Melbourne we filmed at the Victorian School of Languages where the program is hosted and interviewed the teaching staff.

Students dial in to receive their weekly lessons via a video conferencing unit. When we arrived back to Melbourne, it was a surreal experience seeing the students again on screen during the lessons. Only days before I had been standing in those now incredibly distant rooms filming. For the teachers at the VSL, this webcam perspective is the view they typically see of their students - they don’t usually meet in person. I felt privileged in being granted a unique perspective, I know what lies slightly beyond view of the webcams frame. I have a modest insight into the contexts of the communities in which these students have recently settled. I know how the main street glows under light from the setting sun, I know the smell of the dust and the taste of the food at the only restaurant in town. It was a privilege to be invited briefly into these regional communities, to hear their concerns, empathise with their circumstances and celebrate their victories. 

Maptia - A world of stories by Glenn Dixon

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I am very excited about the new Maptia platform. This service allows you to view stunning articles published by some of the worlds most inspiring writers, photographers and adventurers. There is no cost associated with creating your own profile and publishing your own stories. I am blown away by the quality, depth and diversity of the articles I have read so far.

It was a wonderful surprise to find my Antarctica story, An Offering from the Wanderers, featured as an editors pick!

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I am particularly impressed with the interface in which you compose your articles. It is simple, minimal and precise. I love the way photographs can be presented full screen or integrated into the body of the article. There is a small selection of carefully considered text formatting options which results in consistent formatting throughout the website. As a user, you appreciate the fact that the designers have put a lot of thought into this. They do not overwhelm you with superfluous formatting options or style palettes. You are free to focus on making your story as powerful and emotive as possible while Maptia takes care of the rest.

Here are a few stories that have inspired me; James Morgan's Last of the Sea Nomads, David duChemin's My Name is Akeno and David Lazar's Visions of Myanmar.

Papermakers by Glenn Dixon

Euraba Artists & Papermakers are a group of Northern NSW Indigenous artists specialising in handmade paper art. Euraba Artists and Papermakers is situated in the border town of Boggabilla. In the Goomeroi language euraba means place of healing, coming from the healing leaves of the Eura tree and ba meaning place. Euraba Artists & Papermakers embrace the healing nature of art for the local community and all those who appreciate fine art.

This short film was crafted from footage captured during the Oral History project. This footage while initially intended as visual overlay, was strong enough to sustain its own short story. On subsequent visits throughout the year I hope to interview additional artists to form a deeper study of the individuals and processes at Euraba.


Text courtesy of eurabapaper.com.au
A film by Glenn Dixon Visuals
Produced by Left Field Business Solutions
Music licensed from The Music Bed

Autumn in Kyoto by Glenn Dixon

It is hard not to be completely seduced by the colours of a Japanese Autumn. As you look toward the mountains the trees retreat in a mosaic of crimson tones. Some species of tree remain green throughout this brief seasonal change resulting in a wonderful colour contrast. As you meander through the narrow streets of Kyoto, you catch glimpses of quiet Zen Temples and Buddhist Shrines hiding behind a patchwork of foliage.

My intent was to explore colour and photograph it detached from the environment. Removing line, sharpness and depth from a photograph moves you closer toward a study of colour. You are less distracted by perceivable objects and drawn in through subtle colour gradation. The photographs in this series were created using a long shutter speed and panning the camera through the trees.