As many of you who follow my Facebook page may have seen, I am one of only two photographers in the Geelong region who is taking part in the AIPP’s Reflections Program. From the onset when this project was announced, I wanted to be a part of it. In a nutshell, we are looking to create a portrait of every ex servicemen and women who served during World War II.
There are over 14,000 World War II Veterans estimated to be living in Australia and we are inviting them to be photographed as part of one of the most ambitious photographic projects ever undertaken in Australia – to commemorate our unsung heroes of World War II in print. Obviously I won’t be photographing all 14,000 of them! Myself along with another local photographer have registered to cover the Greater Geelong region.
On completion, the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) project entitled Reflections: Honouring our World War II Veterans, will provide a compelling pictorial record of returned servicemen and women living in Australia for the Australian War Memorial archives. The project is being undertaken by professional photographers across the country that have been accredited by the AIPP. We are donating our time and talent in a unique community project. Any profit from the resale of photographs will be donated to Legacy and the RSL Foundation.
“The AIPP wanted to honour veterans, whether from Australia or elsewhere, as living tributes to a time of heroism and nationalistic pride, by capturing and publishing their portraits in print. “What better time to capture our living heroes than now as we commemorate 100 years of the ANZAC tradition and the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII,” “Letters and printed photographs meant absolutely everything to them back then, telling the story of their lives in their youth. It’s only fitting to contrast this with their senior years in the same way, in a timeless gift to them, their families and the nation.”
In this digital age when images can be lost in an instant, photographers know it’s the power of quality photographic prints that will live on, capturing a person, a moment in time and preserving it forever.
Each veteran will receive a complimentary Kodak printed portrait in a presentation folder to commemorate their service given some 75 years ago. Anyone who served in World War II is encouraged to register for their free portrait at www.aippveterans.com or call AIPP on (03) 9888 4111
Finally, as I mentioned, everything I am doing here is being donated. Time, talent the lot. For me it’s about honouring my late Grandfather who fought in WWII and was a prisoner of war in Russia. We were fortunate enough that he came back from the war but sadly passed away in 1983. May he Rest in Peace.