41 imagesDuring our travels in our military truck in Australia in 2018, we had an accident and while we had to wait for parts, we decided to visit our friends in New Zealand, as w've lived there (20 yrs ago) before we came to Western Australia. Unexpected things do happen and during this visit, we re-connected with this beautiful country and realised we'd had so many friends. All our plans just changed overnight and after this trip w'd decided to move back. It reminded me somehow of a saying I've heard in Broome, "Go back where you come from"
10 imagesPossums are the biggest pest in New Zealand. "I started shooting possums when I was about twelve. Later I was taught about Pest Control and how to humanely dispatch and effectively trap areas and learned to read the signs left by possums, as scratches on trees and droppings on the ground. I am very anti '1080', which is a poison used to create a toxic bait and mainly is dispersed from helicopters throughout selected native bush and kills the animals slowly. 1080 silences the area where it's been dropped, 'no more sound of animals'. I only use a trap, Flour with Vanilla Essence which I keep in an old milk bottle around my waist. Every day I check my traps, I have about 45 of them. I kill them with one hit, with a hammer. The process is fast and I make sure the animal don"t suffer". Lake Taylor, New Zealand. Honorable Mention-Documentary & Reportage- 16th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards 2021