Gordon Prior, disability advocate – Portrait commission for NDIS campaign for Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka
What makes you, you? Should people care more about doing the right thing, or doing things right?
Recently I was invited to contribute to an important project Grassroots Democracy: The Campaign for Disability Rights Exhibition for M.A.D.E Ballarat alongside photographers like Belinda Maison, Margerita Coppolino and Leon Woods to photograph well known Australian disability advocates. I was commissioned to photograph a well known figure in Stawell, an Australian disability leader, Gordon Prior (The Age, Disabled paid $2.47 an hour).
With my portrait of Gordon, I wanted to picture the years of Gordon’s struggle and that he emerged from it as a winner, not just for himself but for thousands of others disabled people across Australia.
All photos are now at the Grassroots Democracy NDIS exhibition at Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka in Ballarat between Wed 20 May – Wed 29 July. You can also click the link below to view the digital honour roll, that respects the work of those who have campaigned for the rights of Australians living with a disability: