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Jesse Marlow July 10, 2008

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Australia.

Indigenous Football, Australia

Jesse Marlow is a documentary photographer based in Melbourne, Australia. Over the last eight years he has worked for a range of local and international magazines, newspapers and commercial clients. His works are held in public and private collections across Australia. In 2002, he was the inaugural winner of the Australian Hasselblad X-Pan Masters competition. In 2005 he published a book of street photographs titled “Wounded”. In 2006 he was selected to participate in the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass in Amsterdam. He is a member of both the international street photographers collective in-public.com and Oculi, Australia’s leading documentary photography agency. His work is distributed throughout Europe by Agence Vu.

About the Photograph:

“I made this photo at a community called Papunya which is in the Central Australian desert. It’s from my book Centre Bounce: Football from Australia’s Heart which documents the game of Australian Rules Football as it’s played by Indigenous Australians living in the remote Northern Territory. I worked on this project on and off for 5 years and this was one of the last photos I shot for the series. Minutes before the game started this young boy appeared, and set off walking around the perimeter of the ground with a cup of lime marking out the boundary line. I followed him around the whole ground but it was as he returned to his starting point that the scene began to work as a photo. It’s one of my favorite images from the book because I feel it perfectly depicts the grass-roots style of football being played in the spectacular landscape of the Australian desert.


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