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March Australia Rally, Brisbane. August 31, 2014.

March Australia Rally, Brisbane. August 31, 2014.

Break the Cycle, Ipswich. September 10, 2014.

Break the Cycle, Ipswich. September 10, 2014.

I shot Reel Food Nights a couple weeks back for the gang at Youth Food Movement Brisbane. 

National Union of Students Rally, Brisbane. March 26, 2014.

National Union of Students Rally, Brisbane. March 26, 2014.

Rally for Palestine, Brisbane. July 20, 2014.

Walls: Real & Virtual

"We didn’t cross the border. The border crossed us. We’ve always been here."

Publishing a 4,000 word essay to Twitter seems an odd endeavour at first, the 140 character constraint being part of the platform’s very fabric. However, Teju Cole’s A Piece of the Wall quickly dispelled any doubts I may have had. The stream of tweets slide from speech to narrative to quote and back, driving Cole’s non-fiction reportage from the American/Mexican border along at a sharp, steady pace. 

For me, one tweet resonated more than others:

"Citizenship is an act of the imagination. I was born American, but I also had to learn to become American."

You can find the essay as a Twitter collection here.
Buzzfeed also asked Cole a few questions about the piece here.

Charlotte St.

Charlotte St.