Where to begin?
Well...in 2015 I did my first trip as a photographer with an Interplast team to Samoa - and I was changed fundamentally as a human. In the subsequent time I've tried my best to fund-raise, increase awareness and now run!
Since then I've had the privilege of covering these incredible surgical and training teams in Tonga, Mongolia and most recently Papua New Guinea - with more around the corner.
Being in an intimate environment capturing volunteers, patients and governments intwined in this shared journey of trauma, repair and rebuilding opened my eyes to the enormity of the issue facing the 17 countries Interplast operate in.
Whether it's a debilitating burn, or a congenital disease or minor injury that fails to get treated in time - the programs that Interplast conduct to repair these injuries or train locals to do - are fundamental to the communities they service.
A burn is a life time injury - double so if it stops a young girl going to school because she can't walk, or a local farmer from providing for his family. THESE CONDITIONS ARE REPAIRABLE - but not without your funding or support.
Poverty is a cycle - and often despite attitude or investment or facilities - this cycle continues because the injury. The economic impact to a local country is enormous when its population are held back by such treatable conditions.
Please donate to help Interplast continue the incredible work they do - whether it's small change or you're looking for a tax deductible donation before the end of the FY.
From my part I'm going to attempt a sub 50min 10km to support Interplast - and would love your help!
Follow link in description to donate :) #changingfutures #asaps #clinicalimaging #runmelbourne @interplastanz
Time for another exhibition. ——— #Repost @woodrow_photographer with @download_repost
Putting the final touches on the exhibition in Germany.
The body of work on display seeks to show the vital role plastic surgeons, nurses and support staff play in repairing bodies and rebuilding lives across the Asia Pacific.
My aim is to help educate the public on how tyrannical a simple burn can be, and how routine operations performed in the west can dramatically save a life, give a patient their independence back and help life entire communities out of the poverty cycle.
If you wish to support Interplast locally - follow the link in my bio.
Thank you to Dr Jan Wynands for pulling this together and Michael Horbach for donating his incredible venue for the show.
#documentary #plasticsurgery #savingslives #interplastanz #reconstruction #poverty #asiapacific #dfat #mongolia #tonga #png #blackandwhite #nikon #leica #cinema #clinicalimaging #people
Hey Hong Kong 🇭🇰 Sound on*
#mavic2pro #nikonaustralia #chinesenewyear
Proud to be a volunteer and supporter of @interplastanz
#Repost @interplastanz with @download_repost
Close to 90% of least developed countries have less than one doctor per 1,000 people, and over 60% have fewer than three nurses per 1,000 people*. Our supporters are helping us to bridge this gap. Every donation enables us to send volunteer surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and allied health professionals to share their expertise with local peers in 17 Asia Pacific countries. Why? So safe and effective plastic and reconstructive surgery can be delivered by local medical staff in their own communities, today and in the future.
Please partner with us to bridge the gap. Join the Changing Futures fund and become a regular giver. It’s safe, it’s simple and it’s life-changing. *The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2018
Photo credit: @woodrow_photographer
Hey Hong Kong 🇭🇰 #hongkong #mavic2pro
Back when I took the @leica_camera #leicas007 for a spin in rural India. It’s a shame we all digest in then screens, as the print makes you feel you’re there.
#Repost @woodrow_photographer with @download_repost
#goa#leicaS#leica007 #india #goa #leicacamera
Empty buildings and luxury cars #china
World Doctors Day... I ( @woodrow_photographer ) feel I’m in a strange position to describe this very special day. Little did I know many years ago when I fell into this industry by accident ( thank you @gina.samuels! ) that this group of people would play such an influential part of my life.
I’ve found them incredibly hard working, dedicated to the health and happiness of others, committed to their patients safety, incredibly generous with their time and always willing to share their knowledge. A common theme amounts ongoing almost child curiosity with science, anatomy and their own ever evolving techniques.
They helped me start this crazy journey, and have consistently pushed me in challenging times to keep on keeping on.
I’ve seen them transform lives cosmetically, but also save lives in some of the most rural parts of the world - and I count myself privileged to tell their story.
Over the years many have become some of my closest friends, and I’m constantly pushed to improve my craft by watching their dedication to medicine.
Embedded for a week documenting patient stories, surgical journey of local patients and the homecoming narrative of Dr Dilip Gahankari - a local who moved to Australia and created as successful Plastic Surgery business - and who then travels back to his hometown once a year to operate for free.
This was my first assignment in a rural hospital, and naturally I didn't know what to expect. Since Mahan, I've been fortunate to document missions in Tonga, Samoa, Mongolia and most recently Papua New Guinea - and with the benefit of hindsight this first trip really was a baptism of fire.
I had only known Dr Gahankari and his family through my other company Clinical Imaging, and his soft spoken nature hides his incredible story of growing up in poverty, educating himself by street lamp and working his way through to the pinnacle of his profession - Plastic Surgery.
Marlone the meerkat
From the 2010 archives
For every young girl, in a village far way.
You may not know today is the day it is, but my hope is that you have a future that is more equal, and that you reach the potential I know you have.
Moments when I’m most satisfied - when stories captured on remote programs get used to tell a story and change a life.
#Repost @interplastanz with @get_repost
Your donation will enable us to continue sending surgical and medical teams to countries throughout these regions, along with training local medical professionals. Click the link in our bio to donate today.💙
📷: @woodrow_photographer @ClinicalImaging
We’re very excited to have been behind the cinematography and post production for @shapeclinic.au new brand campaign #ishapeme
Behind the scenes with @drmendelsonmelbourne filming an exciting announcement regarding the 2019 @mafac.melbourne course in Brisbane in October.
Check back later this week for
the official video. 🎬 @clinicalimaging and @woodrow_photographer
Two years ago I was privileged enough to document remote surgical programs in Mongolia.
Inkthala is a 38 year old social worker, burnt when he was 4. After some basic surgery at 8, he’s had to make do since. His left arm is almost unusable after the muscle never fully recovering.
Still, he is a social worker and helps others .
This is what strength looks like to me, not how well someone can warrior 2 under a waterfall.
Proud to support those who rebuild others lives. You can too - head over to Interplast.org.au/donate.
If I could sit 2009 me down, over a coffee and explain what the next decade would entail ... Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Thanks @virginaustralia for my faraday cage.
#Repost @clinicalimaging with @download_repost
It’s that time of year for wrap up videos, Christmas parties and holidays - however we would love for all of you to spare a thought for those who need our help the most.
Please take a moment to learn about our incredible charity partner @interplastan
#interplastanz #changinglives #asapsau #ngo #ausaid #savinglives #apec #asia-pacific #foreignaid #helpothers
#beforeafter #cosmetic #plasticsurgery