East Timor

NGO Video Storytelling: Emiliana's story

Recently I travelled to Timor Leste with The Leprosy Mission Australia to capture Emiliana's story. You can watch her story below and let me know what you think in the comments.

Here are some technical details:

Camera body:

Sony A7II
Slow motion: 60p conformed to 25p (with 180 degree shutter)
AVCHD 17/22 mbps
Picture Profile 1


Zeiss 16-35 f4
Zeiss 55 f1.8
Zeiss 85 f1.8
Nikkor Micro 55 (Close-ups of the coins and sewing machine)


Zhiyun Crane
Fotga Shoulder Rig with local rock as a counterweight - double bagged :D
Manfrotto Befree tripod


Sennheiser Shotgun microphone ME66/K6
Zoom H4N
Audio post production by Jono Callow

Special thanks to James, Andrew, Bel, Sheldon, Pam and Paul from The Leprosy Mission Australia and Nona from The Leprosy Mission Timor-Leste.

Filmed on the island of Atauro in Timor-Leste

Empowering Leprosy Survivors in Timor-Leste

Late last year, The Leprosy Mission Australia sent me on a resource trip to Timor-Leste to capture photos, stories, videos, and virtual tours. During the trip I was lucky enough to sit down and chat with people affected by leprosy. There is a lot of stigma surrounding this disease, so part of my challenge was to represent those affected in a respectful manner that counters the 'untouchable leper' narrative.

I was inspired to learn how TLMA has worked to empower those affected by leprosy so that they have control and autonomy over their futures. Some people affected with the disease receive chicks which they can sell, while others are trained to make gifts. This is development without dependency.

If you're inspired to take action, please consider donating towards the work of The Leprosy Mission Australia.