Vale Edie Franks

Edie Franks was always an activist.  Whether campaigning against inappropriate development in Byron Bay, where she lived most of her life, or travelling to the Northern Territory to demonstrate against uranium mining.  In 1989 Edie moved to Bangalow.  Upon learning that the subtropical rainforest that once covered hundreds of hectares of land in the northern rivers had been reduced to small fragmented pockets battling to survive, Edie decided to leave a living legacy in the form of a rainforest along Paddy's Creek.
Numerous visits to local nurseries, some help from Byron Shire Council, and employing her family to propagate seeds from the existing plants, Edie's dream began to take shape.
Edie worked for 10 years planting and weeding for approximately 1 km along both sides of the creek creating a wonderful native plant corridor.  The original trees have now seeded and this area has become a haven for a variety of wildlife. 
Rest in peace, dear Edie.  Forever in our hearts.

 

 Edie and Sophie, Paddy's Creek, Bangalow, 2000

Edie and Sophie, Paddy's Creek, Bangalow, 2000

El Anatsui

El Anatsui’s meticulously constructed assemblages examine the complex histories of post-colonial Africa and the issues of consumption, waste and the environment.

A Schwartz Carriageworks Project in association with Sydney Festival
 

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Shoot the Chef entry 2015

Maggie's Thai, a dining institution in Erskineville, was destroyed by fire in November 2014. Maggie Sang Song spent her childhood in southern Thailand and she is a 3rd generation chef, following in the footsteps of her mother and grandmother. In 1986, at the age of 18, Maggie migrated to Australia with her mother. They opened Maggie's Thai 25 years ago and it quickly became popular for it's traditional Thai cuisine and hospitality. In this portrait I wanted to portray Maggie's culinary genaealogy and connection to culture through her work as a chef. Also, and most importantly, I wanted to portray Maggie's lifelong resilience, from migrating to Australia at the age of 18 with her single mum, to rebuilding a thriving and landmark restaurant business (rising like a Phoenix from the ashes). Maggie's Thai has been sorely missed by her many regulars while it's been closed for the rebuild. At one point the front window of the restaurant was covered in well wishes from concerned patrons. When we went to the worksite to do this shoot, people were coming to the door to ask Maggie when she would be reopening ... Maggie's Thai is now open for business.