Grade 5 Photography showing ‘Social Justice For First Australians’

The grade 5 participated in project based learning around the topic of ‘Social Justice for First Australians’.They used the 6Ds approach (Define, Discover, Dream, Design, Deliver, Debrief) to develop understandings around the issue. The inquiry approach involved using video, questioning, art work and group discussions.

They then used photography to express their own ideas and opinions around the topic.They looked at other photography to inspire their own ideas. They considered where they would take the photos, what objects or items would be their their photos and what angels they would shoot from.

Once they took the photos they edited them to enhance the images in ways that would help get their message across.

Take a look at some of the results.

By Jesse and Charlie

Trapped

We are Charli and Jess and we feel it is important to be able to express yourself.

The photo is about feeling trapped and stripped of your rights. You feel like you have no choices. The person can’t explore and express their own culture. This is how First Australians would have felt after European settlement, and some still feel today.

 

BY Jacob, Paul and levi

Our Shadow

The shadows in our photo represent connection with the land and with each other, the same way First Australians honour those relationships. Our shadows represent how people are linked with land and that we should respect land in the same way The Aboriginal culture show us this.

 

Fair Inspiration

By Mia and Simone

We question the fairness of our Australian History. We want to get other people wondering about this too.

We question, how fair were settlers to Indigenous Australians, and how fair are we today? Do we acknowledge their rights? Have we acted responsibly towards the first owners of this land? Our photo presents the word ‘FAIR’ using twigs that come from this land, just like the First Australian People.

 

Gate to Opportunity

By Lily and Juan

We think everyone should have the opportunity to reach their goals. No one should take that right away.

Our photo shows a gate open with the hashtag “#First Australians Matter”. It represents opening the gate to opportunities for ALL Australians. We wanted to remind everyone that First Australians should have the same rights and chances to reach their goals.

 

 

BY Kahn and Sophie

Messages of Music

We think music is a great way to tell stories and send a message. We love to listen to many types of music.

We wanted to acknowledge the sound of the didgeridoo because it sounds like nature. Music is a beautiful way to share personal stories and messages. The didgeridoo was used by Indigenous Australians to tell their stories.

 

 

BY Chantal and harris

Equality

We represent equality and balance in the rights of first Australians. We acknowledge that the past has been unfair, but we think the future of all Australians should be more considerate of the rights of Aboriginal Peoples. This includes rights to education, jobs, health and expression. Our photo illustrates that no matter which Australian you are, we all deserve the same opportunities.

 

We Matter

By Jhett and Shanish,

We think everybody matters no matter what you look like or how you live your life.

We respect and love different cultures and different people. Anyone in need should get the help they deserve. Our photo shows we should treat people the right the way we want to be treated that they want to be treated. We chose this idea because we all matter and we care about everyone.

By Sinead and jade

Tied Down

We would hate to feel like we are tied down and not feel free. Freedom is everyone’s right.

The tree is tied up to show how it would feel if you are treated unfairly and if your freedom has been taken away. Taking away someone’s freedom by taking their right to express their culture is like being tied up. Have we tied up the culture of Aboriginal people?

 

Ben and Ryan

Finding The Light

We think if you work hard enough you can find your way to reach your goals.
Our photos shows sometimes things don’t go your way. Everything might seem  hard. But if you keep on trying, eventually you find the light. Our photo shows how social justice can happen for everyone if we keep on working towards this goal.

 Jack and ryan

Room for Two

We are Ryan and Jack, and we think our country is a big place. So let’s include everyone.

Our photo is showing both the newer Australian flag and the Aboriginal flag overlapping together. We think they both belong equally. So we placed them on top of each other, showing we value them the same.

Jeron, Zac and Lachlan

Let Me Be Me

We are Jeron, Zac and Lachlan, and we know what it feels like to have your belongings taken away from you.

Our photo shows the frustration of not being able to express yourself. The hand wants to open and be free, but it is being held down. It is being oppressed. We used a red stocking to trap the hand to represent the anger you feel when you can’t do what you really want to.

Karah and shaylee

Natural Connections

We think it is important to connect with nature so we can understand more about ourselves.

Respect nature and it will respect you. The First Australians were connected with the land, and respected it. Our photo encourages people to connect with nature, and respect it too. The Indigenous Australian culture can teach us to do this.

William and remi

Lock and Key to Justice

We believe we can open the lock to a better future and everyone can help to do this.

We think that we can unlock a better future for The First Australians. Our photo shows that we all hold the key to making a fair and equal future. We are not far from this goal, so let’s keep reaching to unlock a fair tomorrow for everyone.

 

BY sanjeeth and Jake C

Balanced Perceptions

We try to live a balanced life, so we make choices after looking at our options and think about the consequences.

Things work better when there is a balance. Our photo represents looking at issues from both sides. It’s about being fair and treating each other equally. We should make choices that keep a balance in how all people are treated, and in nature.

Students please reflect on the following:

What are some issues you believe are important around the topic of ‘Social Justice For First Australians’?

What is the message in your photo and how did you achieve it?

How did you edit your photo to enhance it?

 

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45 Comments on “Grade 5 Photography showing ‘Social Justice For First Australians’
  1. We believe the biggest issue was that everything was unfair the Aboriginal people where called the wrong things, losing their land and even worse they lost their children. All because we thought they weren’t being treated right, but we think our nation is remorseful and regretted our bad decision.

    Our picture shows lots of things they are: respect, relationships, connections, freedom, Fairness.

    We enhanced the photo by adding a nice sun reflection to just enhance it up and everything else was made with the raw photo. We took it out the back of our school yard.
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  2. 1. We think it wasn’t fair how the Aboriginal people got treated because the white people took over their land and stole their children so there are less of the Aboriginals being themselves.
    2. Our message was to bring fairness to everyone, no matter what colour, shape and size they are. We achieved that goal because we spelt ‘fair’ in twigs from the earths surface.
    3. We edited our photo with a filter to enhance the colour of the twigs and the background on the concrete got a little bit lighter.

  3. 1- Some of the issues are that the First Australian’s are getting weighed down and that is not good. Another is that they got their land taken off them, it was not fair.
    2- The messages in our photo is that the First Australian’s are getting weighed down and that is not fair because they have too much to deal with.
    3- We changed our photo by adding an effect on it and adding a boarder to it.

  4. 1. We think an issue is we didnt respect First Australians and we don’t give them enough opportunities.
    2. We tried to show that even if everyone is going one way, you can stand out and make a different way than everyone else.
    3.We enhanced the colour of the grass and we darkened the tree so that the grass would stand out and that’s how we came up with the name Stand Out.

  5. 1.We believe that First Australians should be treated with the same respect as us, and should have equal chances for jobs as us.
    2.The message in our photo is that there should be peace between us and the First Australians.We need to share peace and be fair because no one owns peace.
    3. We edited our photo by making it look fair and make it look like peace.

  6. 1. We think that the new Australians should respect and have a stronger relationship with the First Australians. And that we need to remember that we took over the first Australians land.

    2. The message in our photo is to show that the First Australian and the new Australians should have balanced opportunities in life. We managed to achieve this by using a black and white Ying-Yang dream catcher and hang it over the Aboriginal flag.

    3. The way we edited our photo was by cropping everything around it out, and using a filter to even the photo out.

  7. We think that it is truly unfair that First Australians were not treated with respect. And that we did things that hurt there families and beloved friends. It also hurt their chances to get jobs as well, even worst. We should try to fix it. Remember if this happened to us or your family you would be feeling horrified for what they are doing to you or your family?

    The message in our photo we wanted to send was that it is truly easy to make a change. One person could easily do it but everyone should make a change and help the First Australian get back on track.

    We edited the photo by making the photo black and white, we also enhanced the brightness and now it looks really different.

  8. 1. We should not have taken things away from The Aboriginal people in the first place.
    2. Our photo sends a message to everyone so we can recognise the First Austalians.
    3.We made it black and white and cropped it so the back ground looked better.

  9. Some issues the First Australians have is that they are not treated fairly and they don’t have the same chances to have good things.

    The message in our photo is that the Aboriginal people should be treated fairly and with respect. We achieved it by painting the Aboriginal flag and the Australian and put them together.

  10. 1. The biggest issue was that Aboriginal people were on the land first and still people didn’t always treated them fairly.
    2. The message in our photo is that things have changed and we should keep changing.
    3. We changed the colour of the picture.

  11. 1. We think that it was terrible that First Australians didn’t get noticed, but we want to change that.
    2. our message was to show people that First Australians do matter.
    3. We edited our photo with a filter to brighten up our photo.

  12. 1. We think that this task is important to recognize First Australians and what they have done to make our country special.
    2. Respect nature and it will respect you. The First Australians were connected with the land, and respected it. Our photo encourages people to connect with nature, and respect it too. The Indigenous Australian culture can teach us to do this.

    3. We use Pixlr editor to edit our photo and used a lot of really cool tools such as colour effects, focus and brightness were our favourite but there are still lots more that we used to get our photo done.

  13. We believe it isn’t fair that the First Australians dont always get properly payed, and don’t always get chances to live in good conditions.

    Our message behind the photo is that First Australians must be able to express themselves and their culture, not just do what’s expected.

    We just used Pixlr Express and used the text to say “Free”.

  14. Our photo is showing both the newer Australian flag and the Aboriginal flag overlapping together. We think they both belong equally. So we placed them on top of each other, showing we value them the same.

    We took a photo of a Aboriginal flag and made it over lap an Australian flag that is it.

  15. We think the issue is how Aboriginal People are being called the wrong name, they should be able to do the same as us, we are all different and no one is the same and we have to accept that.

    Our message ~ We believe we can open the lock to a better future and everyone can help to do this.

    We used Pixlr Express, we tried to make the photo look old because this has been going on for a long long time.

  16. 1. We think a big problem from social justice is The First Australians are not treated fairly, and given the same chances as everyone else.
    2.Our photo represents a tree tied up to show how it would feel if you are treated unfairly and if your freedom has been taken away and we achieved it by tieing a rope around a tree to show its freedom has been taken away.
    3. The way we made our photo look effective was by using Pixlr Express and adding dark and crusty looking trims around the photo and we added black and white filters.

  17. 1. We believe Aboriginal people feel trapped in there culture. We also want to state that White people took over Australia and now its time for us to give back in some ways, also right the wrong.
    2. This is what we were thinking. Everything might seem hard. But if you keep on trying, eventually you find the light. This shows how social justice can happen for everyone if we keep on working towards this goal.
    3. We edited our photo by putting it in a website called Pixlr Express. And we also used a blur tool to make the middle stand out.

  18. 1 Some issues are that there land got taken over by the first fleet and that is really unfair.
    2 the message is were breaking stereotypes and we achieved it by dressing up like a girl and striking a pose.
    3 we added colours and cropped the photo

  19. I think that one of the biggest issues for the Aboriginal People was the Stolen Generation. I mean, who wants their children taken away from them? Another issue is that the English people had diseases that spread to the Aboriginal people.

    The message in the photo was being trapped and having your culture taken away from you. My group achieved this by trapping a hand in a stocking to show that is has been trapped.

    The photo was enhanced and edited by putting a black border on it and making the photo a bit brighter.

  20. 1. We think that it is not fair that Aboriginal people get treated unfairly. We should treat people the way we want to be treated.
    2. Our picture shows black leaf and a white leaf. It shows that lots of people are different and doesn’t matter where you live or where you come from, we all are the same because we are all human beings.
    3. We used Pixlr editor to edit out photo and blurred the background to focus on the leaves

  21. Well i think that we should be all treated the same. And this is what Riley has to say. I also want everyone to respect their culture and what they want to look like and wear.

    Well we just simply used pixlr express and darkened the photo

  22. 1. The issues that I think are around the social justice topic is that everyone should be able to express their culture.
    2. Trapped
    We are Charli and Jess and we feel it is important to be able to express yourself.
    The photo is about feeling trapped and stripped of your rights. You feel like you have no choices. The person can’t explore and express their own culture. This is how First Australians would have felt after European settlement, and some still feel today.
    3. We used the pixlr editor and put a black and white filter.

  23. There wasn’t too many challengers
    Our photo is showing both the newer Australian flag and the Aboriginal flag overlapping together. We think they both belong equally. So we placed them on top of each other, showing we value them the same.
    I inserted the aboriginal flag and then i inserted the Australian flag over the aboriginal. and i brightened it up.

  24. We all thought how un-fair it was to The Aboriginal people, especially because they were here for 50,000 year before settlement.

    We took this photo because we think that everybody can do their part to make a change so the future can be better.

    We made a photo and edited it to make it look like an old photo from years ago.

  25. 1. Some issues i believe are important are racism, and people being judged.
    2. The message we tried to show was that everyone is allowed to be free.
    3. We edited our photo to enhance it by making it brighter, and making the sign and background stand out.

  26. 1. We believe some of the biggest problems are people making fun of people who are diffeent.
    2. The message in our photo was that everyone deserves to be treated the same, and that people shouldnt be greedy. And we should remember The Aboriginal people were here first… and we achieved that in our photo.
    3. We enhanced our photo by making it darker to the color black and then made it brighter but still kept it black.

  27. 1. The Aboriginal People need to be able to claim land for themselves.

    2. The meaning in our photo is we need more education for the Aboriginal Kids.

    3. we used the website called pixlr express and we used the text tool to add words in our photo.

  28. 1.We think some issues is fairness and differences in people, because some people don’t really like people from other cultures.

    2. Our message in our photo is we showed equality and fairness. To show First Australians matter and we should remember that.

    3. We cropped our photo, made it brighter and we put the word equality on the side.

  29. 1. I think it is an issue that people are judging Indigenous Australians about how they look and do things we all know that’s not ok.
    2. At the end of the tunnel we can reach love and peace. What helped is our imagination and perspective.
    3. By using Pixar editor we put different effects to help enhance the photo.

  30. We think that our kind aren’t sharing our land equally and we think we should start sharing the land equally.
    Our message is that everyone should help this world grow together.
    we brightened it to make it look more natural and that helped us to enhance it very well.

  31. 1.Some issues are that we still don’t really accept Indigenous Australians and some people are still rather racist towards Indigenous Australians.
    2.Our photo means that it will be a great and long adventure before we patch up our differences but if we give up too early we will never achieve peace and friendship.
    3. We edited our photo by changing the green and yellow to black and gray.

  32. 1. We believe that everyone should have equal rights no matter how different.

    2. Our picture sends a message that everyone is different and matters no matter how different they are everyone matters.

    3. (it wasn’t edited)

  33. 1. Some issues are that we dont think about being fair to First Australian People enough.
    2. We achieved it by showing that everyone are allowed to have friends.
    3. We enhanced our photo by increasing the contrast and putting a border around the photo.

  34. 1. Some issues are that they aren’t treated fairly and that they should have the same rights as other Austrlaians.
    2. Our message in our photo was that Aboriginal people should receive the same amount of power and justice, and we achieved it by placing white sand and dirt in weighing scales.
    3. We enhanced it by making the sand brighter and darken the soil. We also made it a bit brighter. Other than that our photo was already really good.

  35. Some Issues that is important about the First Australians Social Justice is that we should recognise there stories and there history of being the first Australian.
    The Message in our photo is to show that Aboriginal people Matter, just like everyone else and we achieved by showing connections between Indigenous Australians And other Australians.
    We edited our photo with hilarious outcomes, we didn’t know what to do at all but then we got the hang of it by other people helping us.

  36. An issue about the First Australians is we aren’t giving them freedom to express their own culture in their own land.

    The message in our pic we tried to show how sad it was for them to have their land taken away from them and we did that by connecting our hand with the land.

    The saturation and hue played a big part in editing our photo to enhance it.

  37. 1. I think one of the big issue is that they were stealing children from families and stole the country from them.
    2. The message in our photo is that Australia should be fair and equal to the First people that lived here.
    3. We faded all around the hands and made the dark hand darker and the light hand lighter.

  38. We think it wasn’t fair how people treated the First Australians and what they did. They stole their children which makes the Aboriginal people underpopulated. Not only did they steal their beloved children, they stole their land.

    Our message was everyone matters, no matter who they are or what they do, we still care about them. I drew we on my hand and then I drew matter on Shanish’s hand then since we have different coloured hands, I put my hand on the white tile and Shanish put his on the dark tile.

    We used Pixlr express to enhance our photo and chose a layout. We added different features to find the perfect picture. We also added a cool border to add effect.

  39. 1. We believe that the biggest issues about The First Australians is that we should have never taken anything from them – including children, supplies, and land.

    2. Our message is that we need to have peace with land for them and how we should give back land.

    3. We made it like this by doing a nature boarder and made it a little bit darker.

  40. We think that First Australian are disadvantaged and that they don’t get things we get. Our message in our photo is that First Australians’ art help with Dreamtime stories and it is beautiful. We edit our photo to add more colour and to make it lighter.

  41. 1. One of the issues the First Australians have is they don’t have equal opportunities.

    2.We should show equality and respect to the First Australians. Our photo shows we can do this as a country by accepting both flags and different cultures. We achieved the photo by painting 2 flags and sticking them on a painted stick. We lay it on the checker ground outside.

    3.We edited our photo on pixlr editdor by adding a colour filter and putting an ink border on it

  42. I believe that we are not treating the First Australians fairly and it shouldn’t matter where you came from or what you look like.

    The message that I did was about how we should respect The First Australians art because it might be different but it is special to our country. How I achieved that is that is that I found a replicate of their art and took a picture.

    Before it was just a picture of a path and some polls but when I edited I focused on the end of the path and rote on it Art- The Path to Expression and i meant it to be we’re nearly there, we just need a push.

  43. 1. Some issues that I believe are important around the topic ‘Social Justice for the First Australian are that the first Australians didn’t get treated nicely and that people today are still putting the First Australians in unfair situations. They even took their the First Australians children away from them, what if that happened to you?
    2. Our message in our photo represented how we felt that white people and Aboriginal people should be treated the exactly same and the way that we achieved that was by showing Aboriginal and white people both connected to the land by getting sticks and leaves to right the word equality on the black and white checked concrete ground.
    3. They way that we edit it was that we went onto Pixlr express and we made the pic in this olden day sort of look and then we put a border around it. It looked a bit burnt .

  44. I really like these photos the grade 5 people took because these have very cool patterns and stripes and these photos are very cool looking.

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