Andrew Kelly September 24, 2012Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Australia.
Rory celebrates rain falling onto his drought stricken farm in Werribee, Australia 2009
Andrew Kelly (b. 1978, Australia) studied marketing, then went on to work in finance. While traveling years later, he developed a love of photography and decided to ditch the calculator for the camera. He enrolled in RMIT’s Applied Photography program in 2006. Upon completion he was employed by Fairfax Media, a major Australian news organization where he covered news and sports. Then, on a whim in 2010, Andrew relocated to New York City. Since arriving his major client has been Reuters. Andrew’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, TIME, The Chicago Tribune, The LA Times, O Globo, The Guardian and the Sydney Morning Herald.
About the Photograph:
“After ten years of drought in Australia, the struggling farmer story was becoming far too familiar. One assignment I was sent on however really hit home. It was about an educational children’s farm run by a single mother and her son. With regular farms, the animals come and go, but at this establishment, the animals had been the stars and were much loved by the two owners. However as the drought dragged on, food for the animals became scarce and one by one they were forced to give them away, which resulted in less of an attraction and therefore drew less people until they were left with a handful of their pets, a few horses and no visitors. I shot the story and left, but couldn’t stop thinking about them and their hardship that night. The next day I was covering the same area of the state when I saw the first storm clouds in months rolling in overhead. With the story fresh in my mind I raced back to the farm as the first raindrops began to fall. I ran from my car and found the mother and her son dancing in their baron field and I made this frame.”