The vigil, 2011 by Anthony Anderton

image of The vigil 2011 by Anthony Anderton

Artist's statement

Before the deluge – with flood waters rising rapidly in the inner city Brisbane suburb of Newfarm – a handful of local residents decided to hang on and wait out the flood peak forecast for early the following morning. In this photograph it was Michael Dwyer, aged 94, refusing to leave his home of 60 years and move to safe ground, with his granddaughter, Gabrielle Dwyer, waiting it out beside him.