Blackfoot Photographer John Head

“Smile!' – John with his camera at the Tilligerry Habitat.
“Smile!’ – John with his camera at the Tilligerry Habitat.

 

LONG time residents would have noticed a bloke with a camera weaving in and out of crowds at our Anzac Day services; the Motorama and other public events snapping candid shots here and there.

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A Vietnam veteran, John Head has turned his hand to photography over the past ten years to record the life and times of Tilligerry residents.

These images he has passed on to the Raymond Terrace Historical Society for preservation.

Currently, he is working on a project which he hopes will end up as a public exhibition which could, in turn, raise diabetes awareness.

This disease is mushrooming with society’s poor diet, lack of exercise and obesity.

It is very much on the increase in the next generation of children.

John has invited a broad range of people to pose for him holding items which reflect their character or interests.

That’s not all: he includes himself in the photo-shoot sitting beside the subject with one leg of his [John’s] trousers rolled up and the skin painted black!

A black leg is one of the lesser effects of diabetes.

Blindness and amputations are some of the more serious consequences of this condition.

No doubt when browsers at his exhibition walk past the photos they will ask about the black feet and John (a diabetic) will be there to enlighten them.

 

By Geoff WALKER

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