The making of a big book - Let's Learn about The Torres Strait Islands

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The making of a big book - Let's Learn about The Torres Strait Islands

Beautiful blue waters of the Torres Strait Islands from the book 'Let's Learn about the Torres Strait Isalnds'

My trip to the Torres Strait Islands was one of the best months of my life! The people who live there are such wonderful and friendly people. One of the best views of the Islands was from the helicopter.

Torres Strait Islander people from the educational big book 'Let's Learn about the Torres Strait Isalnds'

I was lucky enough to see some of the Emergency Services in action. The fire fighters were performing a drill at the boat ramp. They were pumping sea water from the river and teaching new fire fighters how to operate the hoses.

Torres Strait Islander people fishing from the educational big book 'Let's Learn about the Torres Strait Isalnds'

Olsen was a fisherman I met on the beach. He taught me how to set a trap to catch fish and since it was a full moon that night, he was confident that the fish would be extra hungry! The next day he invited me to come to his house to help him eat what we caught. What a friendly guy! 

Torres Strait Islander artists from the educational big book 'Let's Learn about the Torres Strait Isalnds'

I was invited to visit a home for the elderly, where I met some very interesting people. Daisy told me that she and her family have been living in the Torres Strait for generations. I also got to go and watch Rosie at work in her art studio, creating prints. She also had a gallery of beautiful art which she showed to me.

Torres Strait Islander church-goers from the educational big book 'Let's Learn about the Torres Strait Isalnds'

I met a priest who invited me into his home to tell me about his family, culture and religion. He was also happy to invite me to church to photograph his sermon. 

Map of the Torres Strait Islands from the educational big book 'Let's Learn about the Torres Strait Isalnds'

I loved my time in the Torres Strait so much, that I wanted to paint a map of the islands in water colour. Do yourself a favour, visit this beautiful place and the people who live there!

If you would like to see the big book I created during my time in the Torres Strait Islands, see it here.

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  • Matthew Ingram