"Aussie Bloke" I met at Riverhawke Festival on the banks of the Hawkesbury River outside Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 2012

Happy Australia Day 2015 and Happy Yabun Festival 2015

"Aussie Bloke" I met at Riverhawke Festival on the banks of the Hawkesbury River outside Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 2012

“Aussie Bloke” I met at Riverhawke Festival on the banks of the Hawkesbury River outside Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

In recognition of Australia Day 2015 and Yabun Festival 2015….A few snapshots of my Freeborn adventures on the wonderful continent of Australia.

Melbournian Hipster who I photographed at the St Jerome Laneways Festival, Australia 2012

Melbournian Hipster who I photographed at the St Jerome Laneways Festival, Australia

Meeting everyone from Aussie blokes and Melbourne hipsters to nature lovers, warm hearted families and deeply characterful Aboriginal people.

Alice Simpson-Young, a connection to nature which is positively indescribable, in Glebe, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2012

Alice Simpson-Young, a connection to nature which is positively indescribable, in Glebe, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Alice Simpson-Young, my gracious and wonderful host in Glebe, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2012

Alice Simpson-Young, my gracious and wonderful host in Glebe, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

I made thousands of portraits during my four months in Australia on three separate visits in my life so far.

Freeborn hosts Stuart & Annette Cohen, Virginia & Bill Simpson Young & Joel Mortimer in Glebe, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 2012

Freeborn hosts Stuart & Annette Cohen, Virginia & Bill Simpson Young & Joel Mortimer in Glebe, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

A complex society and a rich one too. Happy Australia Day and Happy Yabun to all those I have already met there and all those I may befriend in the future!

Umballa, Aboriginal man from North Queensland who I met at Yabun Festival in Victoria Park on Australia Day 2012

Umballa, Aboriginal man from North Queensland who I met at Yabun Festival in Victoria Park on Australia Day

Feel free to enjoy my archive blog posts in between January and May 2012 for more Freeborn Australian portraits.

Cousin Darryl & baby Piper

My mother emailed me whilst I was in the Blue Mountains to let me know that my cousin from New Zealand was living in Rozelle, Sydney. It turns out we had watched the New Year’s Eve firework display around 500 metres from each other! I got in touch, told them about my project and got invited to stay with them which was really special for me due to the family connection. They’d visited Ireland 17 years ago and met me when I was 15 years old. Darryl says he remembered me kicking around a football on my grandmother’s lawn. I remember the story of him and his now wife Caroline who met briefly and although the lived five hours from each other in New Zealand, flew regularly to see each other for over a year and kept their flame burning until their jobs allowed them to live in the same place in New Zealand. That was in New Zealand many years ago..now they are happily settled, including being Australian citizens, in beautiful Rozelle on Sydney Bay, with two gorgeous daughters Melissa, 5 years old and Piper 5 1/2 weeks (above, in Darryl’s devoted arms). The posts following this one show highlights of their life, over 7 days in Inner West Sydney. They say you can chose your friends but not your relations…well I’d happily chose The Drown family and I’m glad they are my relations!