So yesterday it was time to walk around Tully to take our Now and Then photos. We prepared for the task in the morning at a workshop with ABC Open producers, Michael Bromage and Leandro Palacio. They showed examples, and took everyone through the steps of what we needed to do. It was during this process we were delighted by a walking history storybook of knowledge of the area, Jean. She knew so many things having lived in Tully since she was a young girl. I think she would give the most brilliant guided tour to visitors.
Local librarians were on hand to find and give us more background to old pictures as well, to assist us to make those dates of the then photographs accurate. But what a wonder to see all Jean’s kodak box pictures, many of which are in the local library collection, but we got to see the originals not just the scans.
We were asked to participate in a mini video documentary of the day, and to tell our stories of the photographs to camera. The story doesn’t end there as some participants, much to their surprise, were also asked to have a go at sound recording and were given many tips on many types of storytelling, photographs, to video and blogs. Jean was such a wealth of knowledge that she became a star storyteller, and there is no other way to describe her contribution other than generous and brilliant.
The group for the day were warm, funny and open to learning. They shared laughs, and took to the task with enthusiasm and zest. They are definitely going to tell all their friends about how much they enjoyed the experience.
All the participants contributed well and got right into the spirit of the day. They were energised and keen to learn more about everything the producers had to share. Some participants didn’t have email before the workshop and made little use of the internet but now they think they will. They were happy to hear our local library gives two free hours a week to locals with library cards to make use of the internet each week.
Participants look forward to seeing the documentary about their history walk of Tully, some of it recent and some going back half a century. They collaborated not only with producers, but with each other, to produce some contributions – already uploaded to ABC Open.
You can see my documentation of the workshop HERE.
Thankyou ABC Open for a great day!
She sees change, after cyclone Yasi the broken buildings just hinted at in the photo.
Now a year on the church is gone, containers hold some of her memories and she will soon witness a rebuild.