The making of a big book - Let's Learn about The Torres Strait Islands
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
- Matthew Ingram