Roebourne Regional Prison Footy Team

A couple of months ago i spent a weekend taking photos of a Aussie Rules footy competition in Roebourne for the local paper. It was part of the NAIDOC festival, organised by the Ngarluma Yindjibarndi Foundation. The teams were all local or from close towns. I shot all saturday and Sunday, but it wasn’t until part way through Sunday that i was informed that the guys in yellow with RRP written on their backs are from the prison. I was advised by one of the guards. He approached me and said that i shouldn’t take their photo for privacy reasons. By this time i had a few hundred shots. So stopped with them, and focused on other teams. It wasn’t a problem. I moved on.

I’ve wondered about uploading these images for a while, and can’t see a issue. But for their privacy, which i respect, i have blurred out any of their faces in these shots. What do you think? Did i need too? The paper ended up printing a spread of my images from the weekend but i didn’t submit the ones below as i feel they have a different story to what the paper needed.

They can’t sit in storage without being seen. This is the place for them. So, here you go.

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