Dec 6, 2017
This is a guest post by Sean Davey, a freelance photographer, curator and gallery director based in Canberra, Australia.
For the last week and a half, Judy Bamberger has been staging a one-woman protest at the front of Parliament House in Canberra, sitting under a makeshift awning in the constant rain.
Judy is protesting the treatment of refugees who are currently being detained on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea.
After driving by a few times, I finally decided to go and meet Judy in person and tell her that her solitary action of protest had become quite important and inspirational to me.
To see someone exercising their right to protest, not in the usual organised group, but rather a one-person, peaceful sit-in, inherently encompassed a sense of power that had me thinking about the importance of one person’s actions.
Judy is joined every evening at 5pm by a small group of people who protest with her for an hour.
As this is the last sitting week at Parliament, I thought it was important to photograph Judy and make a record of her solitary protest.