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Getting the right angle on seafarers

28 Jun 2011

Getting the right angle on seafarers Image

By Courtney West

Photographer Morganna Magee has discovered that the Mission to Seafarers in Flinders St is more than just a beautiful building.

Last month the documentary photographer was photographing the heritage-listed structure as part of a private assignment and got talking to CEO Andrea Fleming.

Morganna was surprised to learn of the great charity work conducted for seafarers and
has now become a great supporter.  So much so, that she conducted a exhibition of her work on National Seafarers Day on June 25 in an attempt to expose more people to its great work.

“I began discussing possible ideas with Andrea to get more people into the mission so they could see what the mission does and the idea for a exhibition came about,”
Ms Magee said.

Morganna has had work featured in more than six different exhibitions since 2007, been awarded many prestigious photography awards and has had work published in over 12 publications, including the Herald-Sun and The Big Issue.

The exhibition at the mission dome marked her second solo exhibition.

Portraiture is how Morganna describes her style and she is largely inspired by photographers such as Mary Allen Mark and painters such as Francisco Goya.

“I try and portray the moments when people are being truly honest in my work. Day to day, people project an image of themselves, but it’s not always the truth. I like to capture the vulnerability of the moment.”

Morganna believes good photography has the power to change people’s opinions like nothing else can.

“Photography to me is a great way to become involved in other peoples’ lives. I’m an extremely lucky person because each and every person has their own amazing story and I get to show it.”

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