Pride Of The League | What Is Hidden?

This project originally started as an exploration of identity and the inability to stereotype sport fans by their looks, but as the interview process went on, it slowly started to change. After listening to Jason talk about his childhood and his memories of what it was like growing up in the heartland of the red and green, it became apparent to me that maybe memory was the hidden thing I was supposed to be exploring. It was the little things, like his facial expressions, that had me thinking that only you, the individual, know how you felt at any given time. Sure, people can say they relate, but the two feelings may be completely different.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs, one of the oldest rugby league teams, continues to have one of the largest supporter base in the NRL. With around 32,000 members in the 2014 season alone, it is almost guaranteed that no two individuals had the same experience. If a handful of people were randomly selected to describe a game they attended or to share an experience, a large majority would have different answers.

As seen throughout the video linked above, passion and pride is one thing that Souths fans do not hide. From moments like the march to their most recent win at the grand final, the club can always count on their fans to turn up loud and proud.

“We’re a special kind of family… The red and green type” – Lauren

“We know the meaning of determination and passion. It’s been a roller coaster but it has been worth the ride” – Jackie

Growing up in Sydney’s South in the 1980’s, Jason and a lot of others were living in a suburb that had very little. Redfern was a place where housing commission was evident. Many people turned to the local football club to liven their spirits. Like today, being able to see their favourite football players meant the world to adults and children alike. I can’t imagine Redfern feeling any different back then than it does now. Walking through the streets, being engulfed by South Sydney culture, really makes you feel apart of something special.

By sharing memories and the feelings that came along with particular moments, individuals are choosing to break down barriers and no longer hide. Through this project I learnt new things about my family and the passion they have when it comes to this football team.

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The Organic Way | An Audio Reflection

Recording audio for this task wasn’t as difficult as I expected it to be. Even though I ended up picking up what I thought was to be unwanted sounds, I found it added an extra layer of depth to my finished product. Whilst I was recording sounds of walking and bees in the bushes, my audio recorder (trusty iPhone) picked up sounds of cars passing and airplanes flying overhead. At first I thought everything I recorded couldn’t be used and the morning spent working on the task was a waste of time, but after a little play around on garageband, I realised I could probably use these sounds to my advantage. That would be the only hiccup I found while working on this task; recording outside is unpredictable and you can’t always control your surroundings. Luckily for me it worked, as these sounds were then used as background noise. I didn’t find portraying my chosen place through sound as difficult either. Gardening uses many tools, so finding the right complimentary sounds was pretty easy.

The Brewery | Person & Place

Jason Muscat, home-brew enthusiast talks about his connection with and interest on the processes behind brewing beer, all hand-made in his little sanctuary known to family and friends as The Brewery. To most, The Brewery is just a garage, but to him it is so much more.

After years of playing around, experimenting and building, Jason has created a place for him to relax, kick back, listen to the afternoon football and enjoy all the different varieties of beer he has made.