Frog Hunter Damien Wurrkidj, 2011 by Matthew Abbott

image of Frog Hunter Damien Wurrkidj 2011 by Matthew Abbott

Artist's statement

I have spent the last three years photographing in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. Late one afternoon on a walk around Injalak billabong at Gunbalanya, I came across Damien with his friends hunting frogs. They had ingeniously contrived a blowpipe and darts from a hose and other bits and pieces. According to Damien, frogs make the best bait for catching catfish. I like this portrait because it exemplifies the independence Aboriginal kids have and their skill at hunting using whatever's at hand.