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An Exhibition Showcasing Strength, Courage And Bravery

An Exhibition Showcasing Strength, Courage And Bravery

A NEW photography gallery in North Geelong is preparing to showcase 150 compelling images taken from the fields of war to the Invictus Games.

Having recently presented works captured by 20 of Australia’s biggest names in photojournalism, Focal Point

Darkroom and Gallery’s latest exhibition, “Courage”, has been thoughtfully curated to pay tribute to the nation’s serving men and women, both past and present.

Gallery owner Craig Watson said the idea came about after he met Iraq war veteran and photographer Gordon Traill at a Bellarine Camera Club meeting in Drysdale a few months ago.

“I found out that although he (Gordon Traill) had only been photographing for a few years, he had been the lead photographer on a book about the Victoria Cross titled The Victoria Cross – Australia Remembers, and that he was going to Sydney to photograph the Invictus Games,” he said.

A photographer himself, Watson contemplated tying the images together in a shared exhibition space.

“One thing led to another and the concept grew to be a commemoration of all Australia’s service men and women, particularly to honour those who were wounded or killed, and to showcase the Invictus Games and the people who show such fortitude to compete,” he said.

A visual homage to the members of Australia’s defence forces and their sacrifices, the exhibition will also honour the brave artists behind the lens.

Through Gordon’s contacts and with help from journalist Ross Coulthart and Kerry Stokes, “Courage” will feature images from the Lost Diggers exhibition, which include extraordinary takes from the First World War.

Opening this Friday, April 5, “Courage” will be open until April 28, including Anzac Day afternoon (Thursday, April 25).

On Anzac Day Eve, publishing group Big Sky Publishing will launch “Unconquered – our wounded warriors”, a book on the Invictus Games which features many of Gordon’s powerful photos. Copies of the book will be available until the exhibition closes.

Entry is $5 for adults and $4 for children, students and concession card holders. For more information, visit


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