As a documentary writer and photographer, I've spent the last fifteen-ish years on the hunt for powerful stories, submerging myself amongst fringe-dwelling, sexually diverse and socially disadvantaged communities . I am passionate about providing a voice for those who really need it, particularly those of women, and using storytelling to break down stereotypes and stigma, and heal trauma.

My work has taken me off the beaten track to Aboriginal communities in the tristate desert of Central Australia and The Kimberley, the transgender communities of the Pacific Islands, homeless shelters in Paris and the refugee communities of Western Sydney, where I aimed to return with intimate snapshots from people's lives. I find the camera to be a powerful tool in unveiling truth, and through a mixed narrative of words and images, both moving and still, I've explored common themes of gender, indigenous culture, feminism, mothering, and sexuality. I've been published in various Australian and international publications including The SUNDAY magazine, Archer, MindFood, Green, Seastoke and Drift.

In 2013 I was the winner of Editia Books narrative journalism award for Minyma and in 2015 I was a recipient of the Northern Rivers Screenworks Inside the Writer's Room mentorship. 

I've recently branched out into the realm of  filmmaking, shooting a documentary on country sex workers and am currently working on a web series.

want to collaborate? need editing or script consulting?

E: carlylorente@gmail.com