By Alesha Capone
Hoppers Crossing photographer Imran Abul Kashem is using his creative talents in many ways.
Mr Kashem said he has spent the past four years taking photographs of the changing landscape and farming properties in Werribee South.
In September, he will publish 100 copies of a book, titled Green Wedge, featuring some of the photos. He is also hoping to include the images in an exhibition.
Mr Kashem said that like many agricultural areas around the world, some of the family farms in Werribee South were being sold off as children decided they did not want a life on the land.
“My grandfather was a farmer and my father was a civil engineer,” Mr Kashem said.
“Here I see the same thing: farmers’ children often do not want to be farmers.
“That same feeling is something that I see here, and made me want to do this project.”
Earlier this year, Mr Kashem was appointed an ambassador for Multicultural Arts Victoria’s (MAV) Emerge Cultural Leadership program, an initiative for artists and community members from indigenous and culturally diverse backgrounds.
The MAV program will also provide funding support for Mr Kashem’s Green Wedge book.
As well, Mr Kashem will be teaching a series of photography composition workshops at the Saltwater Art Studio in Point Cook.
The workshops will be held every Sunday, between May 19 to June 23, from 2-4pm. Cost: $80 per class or $350 for six classes. Contact 0433 886969 or email@example.com for details.