This is Natasha Howell, she’s a milk-lady!
I had just finished photographing a building in Stirling last week when I saw Natasha delivering milk into the cafe I was in. “Yay” I thought “a woman doing a job I had only ever seen men doing”. I watched her and the staff in the cafe have a friendly chat, like I imagine they would every morning. I then seized the moment and asked to photograph her to show women around the world the variety of work choices they may not have considered.
Natasha started working in the Milk industry 14 years ago with her partner at the time but she was mainly in an administration capacity. They were contracted to Lion Nathan delivering all things dairy and juice into an array of businesses in the Adelaide Hills area.
Over the past 6 years things have altered, the partner has moved on and Natasha has fought to keep going on her own. Now days she packs, drives the truck and delivers herself with the help of two young lads.
When asked by her friends why she didn’t just sell the contract on, she says “I can’t really think of a good reason to give it up, I’m certainly not sick of it yet”. In fact, she quite enjoys the physical challenge and she appreciates the friendly contact with all of the different shop keepers. She is the first to say she doesn’t have the muscle mass of a man but she works very hard and gets her job done, enjoys it and brings smiles to the faces of the Hills folk.