Community: Revisiting Weekly Photo Challenges

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In December 2013 the challenge we were given was Community. I posted  a series of photographs of community in my old town of Gloucester. The photos showed community protesting, pulling together, celebrating and entertaining,

The photographs from my previous post showed community from a Western perspective. From a Pacific viewpoint the meaning remains unchanged but the way it is shown may differ from the Western view point – or then again does it?

In the Pacific Community revolves around:  the market

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School

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The Nakamaal ( Men’s meeting Place)

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Ceremonies

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The Church

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And the big men

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About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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6 Responses to Community: Revisiting Weekly Photo Challenges

  1. Seems the same things bring people together no matter who or where they are: faith, business, school, friendship, government. The clothes may differ but the essential elements are the same. Great photos showing other cultures.

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  2. ladyfi says:

    Loved these photos.. I lived in Fiji for a few years as a teenager and these brought back good memories.

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  3. A beautiful selection of photographs, Irene.

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