• From left: Makenzie Keys, Savnnah Wagenmakers and Danielle Leedie. Pictures: Levi Murray (Supplied)
An ambitious photography project has set out to show how diverse Indigenous Australia really is.
By
Andrea Booth

Source:
NITV News
14 Jun 2016 - 3:59 PM  UPDATED 14 Jun 2016 - 3:59 PM

Levi-Craig Murray, 27, launched the Modern Indigenous Australia photography project on social media last Thursday to show the “huge picture” of Indigenous culture.   

“The media seems to flood, inundate people with very raw photography, and it’s all images of people in northern or central parts of our country,” Mr Murray told NITV News.

But he says there are many and varied faces of Indigenous people, right across the continent.

“The Indigenous people that are living in the city – I wanted to show that those people still have a deep connection to their country and culture too.

“You walk past them on the street and you wouldn’t know, but they might be one of the proudest there are.”

Mr Murray, who is based in Kingaroy in the South Burnett Region of Queensland about 220 kilometres north of Brisbane, grew up in a family of artists.

He says he was inspired to pursue photography when his grandfather, a horse trainer, encouraged him to take photos of horses racing at the local track.

Now he plans to traverse the whole country to capture photos of Indigenous Australians. 

“It’s about showing how incredible and resilient that culture in this day and age is.”

The project, which has been two and a half years in the making, comes as Australians put more focus on Indigenous affairs, Mr Murray says.

“There’s very much a political change in the air.

"When it comes to events like Australia Day celebrations, there was actually a lot of people recognising the first nations this year.”