Party indeed, for today is Natasha Stott Despoja’s birthday, the 9th of the 9th !
As a fellow member of the double numbers club (I am the 1st of the 1st) I am programmed to remember Natasha’s birthday!
Not shy of parties, Natasha was the party leader for the Australian Democrats from April 2001 to August 2002. It was during this time I first met and photographed Natasha for an exhibition titled ‘Look at us Now’ for the Centenary of Federation. A female political party leader in the 100th year of Australia’s Federation – how very apt! As I was led into Natasha’s office to set up my equipment I noticed that she was on the office phone, sending a text message and having work handed to her all at the same time. All this business and multitasking with enough room left for a smile at me!
I have since photographed Natasha numerous times socially and for exhibitions and she has always been willing, helpful and friendly.
I have an active interest in politics and I have never heard or read a bad word about Natasha Stott Despoja. I feel like I have just written a referee letter for a job application, perhaps the job of Prime Minister……aha!
Happy Birthday Natasha!