Raphaela (1988) is an Australian visual-storyteller currently based in Brisbane, Australia.
Working closely across communities facing recurring hardship, Raphaela uses visual storytelling as a device to question our readiness to stigmatise and to stereotype. Known for her work documenting the lived experience of several young mothers, Raphaela plans to continue exploring relationships between social class, stigma and gender among young people experiencing social disadvantage in Australia.
Her achievements to date are numerous, among these are; Issue Editor of The Australian Photojournalist (2012-2015), World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass Participant (2014), winner of Momento Pro’s Australian Photo Book of the Year (2015) and most recently awarded First Prize, Singles Category, World Press Photo Contest (2015).
In 2012 she graduated with a Bachelor of Photography with First Class Honours and is now represented by Australian photography collective Oculi and European Agency, Agence Vu.
Is it correct to assume that all young mothers are doing a bad job?
‘We met a little early, but I get to love you longer’ is a collaboration with young mothers from my neighbourhood. By investigating and individualising the complex range of issues that lead teen girls to early pregnancy and the challenges they face, the collaborations seek to show that each mother is different, and there is no ‘uniform’ type. By listening and telling the stories of others, we come to understand that there are no stereotypes and we stand as individuals.
Through exploring relationships between social class, stigma and gender, ‘You didn't take away my future, you gave me a new one' seeks to explore the lived experience of three young mothers; Nunjul, Tammara and Rowrow.
‘You’ll know it when you feel it’, is a reflection of loss, hope, vulnerability and resilience. Providing glimpses into the lived experience of young women, their families achievements and struggles, it is clear love and belonging are irresistible in the face of adversity.