News

Nigel Brennan exhibition to be held in New York

NEW YORK LIGHTS: An image from Nigel Brennan and Alanna Hankey which is part of the To Bathe exhibition to be shown in New York. Photo: Nigel Brennan
NEW YORK LIGHTS: An image from Nigel Brennan and Alanna Hankey which is part of the To Bathe exhibition to be shown in New York. Photo: Nigel Brennan Nigel Brennan

IT TOOK time for former Bundaberg NewsMail photographer Nigel Brennan to venture back into photojournalism.

Captured in Somalia while working as a freelance photojournalist, he was ransomed by Islamist insurgents, his family forced to sell their homes and assets to pay the ransom and secure his safety after 462 days.

Following his eventual release in November 2009, it wasn't until he travelled to India to capture the colour, chaos and devotion of Kumbh Mela in 2013, that he again showed the world his ability to tell stories through his images.

"It was the first time I really felt comfortable picking up my camera," he said.

"For me photojournalism now is quite self indulgent."

"I don't do it to make money."

Travelling with his partner Alanna Hankey, the pair produced To Bathe, an exhibition they showed at the Brisbane Powerhouse last year and they are now preparing to take to New York.

"It was Alanna's first foray as a professional photographer," Mr Brennan said.

"I bought her a secondhand camera before we went because I didn't want her continually asking to use mine."

Spending five days in India during the largest religious gathering in the world, held for 55 days every 12 years, 120 million worshipers bathe in a sacred river, an experience Mr Brennan said he would never forget.

"There are 10 million people on any one day so I was a little scared before I went," he said.

"It's eye opening."

The exhibition goes on show at Littlefield in Brooklyn from September 4-30 with half the profits from the sale of the limited edition prints going to Maliti Nepal, a non-profit organisation working to prevent sex trafficking.

Now a public speaker and crisis emergency management consultant, Mr Brennan is taking the positives out of a negative situation, instructing journalists and humanitarian workers in Australia, Asia and Europe about how to avoid the horrendous experience he endured in Somalia.

"I certainly wish I'd had hostile environment training before I went to Somalia," he said.

"I made a lot of mistakes."

Topics:  editors picks, india, new york, nigel brennan




Harley Davidson rider hit by kangaroo

Police and ambulance on the way to motorbike v kangaroo crash

UPDATE: Woolworths confirms Bundy stores safe

Some Woolworths stores in Australia are set to shut down.

Woolworths to close stores that are not performing

Latest deals and offers

Tom Hiddleston not worried about relationship attention

Attention doesn't bother 'authentic' Hiddleston

Robbie Williams and Ayda Field to expand family?

Robbie Williams and Ayda Field want more children.

Licking incident bars Ariana from performing at White House

Ariana Grande has been blocked from performing at the White House

Taylor Swift's ex throws support behind Kanye West

Calvin Harris shares a sing-along with Kanye West

Michael Jackson's jailed doctor wants his license back

Conrad Murray wants his medical licence back.

Pokemon Go: "Trading" on the horizon as game evolves

No Caption

Pokemon GO players will soon be able to trade with other trainers

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

The climb is slow but property on the way up

Michael Matusik, director of Matusik Property Insights.Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin

The improvement would be mild when compared to past cycles