Jul 12, 2010

hungry children

a few weeks ago i booked a one way ticket to the middle of australia. the real, raw outback. i organised casual work in a remote aboriginal community (with help from my nanna, who runs a health clinic there).
all i have is my camera, my thoughts, and compassion that runs deeper than any sense of self. this is a diary of my days here.


today i saw a trail of dog fetuses sunburnt and scattered across the road, tiny things that had no chance. i heard the sound of my nanna the nurse at the end of our hallway talking to a sobbing twelve year old who had just been raped. she was afraid that her foster mother (there are so many of them, they foster children for the money when they cannot even care for their own) would hit her for the bad talk it would bring. today i saw a baby sitting naked on the road, crying and covered in her own faeces and throw-up. the sad truth is that nothing will change, she will be like this in 10 years, 20 years, 30 and 40 years, but no longer; this is when they die. to be alive is the greatest pain and so survival is not something that is important to them. but more than that - it is something that is not readily available to them.


 children who have not eaten for days


 taken from the car as we drove by. children playing in dirty rainwater on the side of the road. my nanna (nurse) says next week these same children will be in her clinic with severe ear infections. but they don't care - heavy rain is a once in a lifetime event and so they enjoy it as fully as they can. without happiness, what else is there?


sunset. a young girl feels the wind sail by the car window

By matt caplin with 21 comments


i look up to you matt, you are unbelievably amazing at everything you do.

wow thats amazing, and really sad :(

That is amazing.

To think that this is what we hear over the media, and you think, well, it is the media, they must be playing something out of proportion here . ..

but no.

Photography is amazing. Simply because it catches some sad aspects of the human race. What a trip.

omg...this is beautiful! and text too! "without happiness, what else is there?" I'm agree.

this is amazing, what you are doing. it's real and it's sad and it's raw. it's fascinating and horrifying and it strikes an internal war-- whether to continue reading or to stop.

the photographs are incredible, though that's no surprise. I'm definitely going to be following your ventures while you're there.

Oh matt!!! this is too much beautiufl to me...so so great! You are really powerful with your pictures! I love the way you take pictures. I have to learn from your freedom! ;D

This is so incredibly moving, your pictures are beautiful and capture so much emotion.

Beautiful and evocative. Well done!

Wow what a moving post Matt I have goosebumps. The things we take for granted are unbelievable. Without happiness, what else is there? That's exactly it. Thanks for opening my eyes a little wider today. The last photo is so intriguing, it looks as though she is feeling so many different emotions at once.

wow. amazing.
good work, i would love to travel to the outback and do something like yourself.
Pearl xo

I really feel for what you're doing there. Take many pictures, write many thoughts, and share whatever you create from it. It will spread awareness that this is real.

My thought when I first saw the photo of the little boy reaching through the fence was that I hoped you fed him something. I'm sad you took the photo from a car window because it means you didn't. I hope somebody feeds him something soon...

this is heartbreakingly beautiful.
thank you for sharing.

matt caplin you are showing me the world yet again, i love this - the best of luck goes to you and nirrimi! <3

God, these are amazing.

the last shot is amazing


I love these pictures. They're so.. Real. It's amazing.
I didn't know things are so bad though, but here in Scandinavia we hardly ever hear anything from Australia or south of equator in general.

On some weird level I kinda envy you for getting to experience something so real.


The most beautiful thing is, that even there are so much bad things in their lives, they can be happy. about the little things. and i really look up to this little kids. they are amazing. and the photos you took and the text you wrote, of course, too!

This is truly touching and you must be really strong to gulp in everything you've seen back there. I really do wonder how the Australian government is helping those aborigines. Well it's a common problem all around the world anyway, be it here in New Zealand, Canada, China, U.S, U.K , etc there are always those who are at the back of the line.

Anyway, as SimoneV said "Photography is amazing. Simply because it catches some sad aspects of the human race. What a trip.", and this truly describes your work. Seeing your documentary photographs is a privilege.

To me, this is nothing close to beautiful.

I apologize to be so late in the posting of responses. But this, if anything, is heartbreaking, sad, and absolutely horrendous. Their living conditions as well as what they have to go through on a day to day basis.

And we, who were fortunate to be born in first world countries, or those who have been able to do good for themselves. Who, for the most part, could never put ourselves in the situation of truly helping out. We give what we want, including myself, but never, really truly, there, never really truly helping to the highest extent. Not that what you did wasn't good, I think it was a lot of help, the same with many of the volunteer workers and locals.

And not just for them but for every single child and adult living in these conditions all over this world. Where wealth is limited to a few. And how fortunate we are in the positions we were born in. Though, it is also a positive thing for them to be happy for the smaller things in life, in which, many of us tend to forget about when we wrap ourselves up with unnecessary crap.

so deep...i could put more than that but im at a loss for words!!

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