reminder for the lucky country, by Julia Adler
- 1st April 2008
Photographer Rena Harvey is making
a bold statement about world poverty through artistic
images for World Vision Australia.
Glen Iris resident last month headed to Sydney
to shoot a series of 12 images of Australian children
for the 2009 World Vision Calendar.
31, said she decided to take on the project after
World Vision approached her in January.
calendar is a reminder of how lucky we are here
in Australia," Harvey said.
said the work covered six themes about basic standards
of living, including clean water, adequate food,
housing and education.
were) "basic quality-of-life aspects that
people in Third World countries lack, but we take
for granted", she said.
said each image featured young Australians painted
by body artist Eva Rinaldi to portray the themes
in a "fun, colourful and spiritual way".
first portrait was of a child against a brick
wall, which depicts the lack of adequate buildings
in poorer countries," she said.
a little baby was body-painted blue to symbolise
water." The mother of two works as a professional
fashion photographer from her Chadstone studio.
people's beauty from within is my strongest specialty,"
love creating imagery with strong themes, meaning,
emotions and individual flair." She has also
been busy taking photos for a coffee-table book,
Children of Australia.
of Australia will cover similar themes and it
will be published with the calendar next year.