"I grew up on Worimi Country and I now live on Awabakal Country.
When on Country
I always like to walk Country
To get to know Country
To feel Country
This photo was taken on Awabakal Country and is connected to a moon (man) and sun (woman) dreaming story.
Standing here as the sunset, near a gathering ground by a freshwater lagoon, I look to the moon imagining Country, the sounds, the people and the stories connected to this place".
Lotte Lily Hilder started her arts and creative industries career in photography & film. In 2003 after relocating to Melbourne for 13 years, she produced, curated and managed a wide variety of arts and cultural initiatives for Government, Arts, and festivals. Currently she works as a cultural development worker in local government, and freelances for Aboriginal art & design company mili mili in Newcastle NSW.
We Are is a multi-location multimedia photographic experience highlighting creative women of Newcastle, commencing on Wednesday March 8th 2023 (International Women’s Day) and culminating in a celebration event at The Lock-Up on Friday March 24th.
We Are is a portrait project featuring 20 WH!P Collective members turning their lenses towards fellow female and non-binary creatives to highlight the many benefits that a thriving and diverse artistic community bring to our region.
WH!P (Women* of the Hunter !n Photography) was founded in 2020 to embrace and create opportunities for professional photographers from the Hunter region by leveraging the combined skills, experience and credentials of its members. Fostering a culture of support, celebration, exchange, education, advocacy, action, enjoyment, play and growth, it hopes to actively raise the profile of contemporary photographic excellence, education and experimentation in the Hunter Region. WH!P works collaboratively with those both within and beyond the local area who share our belief that the world should be shown through a lens as diverse as the real world.
*all references to women/woman is inclusive of gender diverse people
WH!P’s logos and graphics designed by Laura Kent
"Standing here as the sunset, near a gathering ground by a freshwater lagoon, I look to the moon imagining Country, the sounds, the people and the stories connected to this place".