Fiona Basile is a freelance photographer and writer based in Melbourne, Australia. For more than 20 years she has worked locally in Victoria, interstate and internationally capturing the faces, places and events that shape lives. We all have a story to tell and whether it’s through the written word or with photos, this story should be explored and shared. This is Fiona’s work and her passion. Fiona particularly loves the following photography styles: editorial, portraiture, documentary, corporate and food photography and writing (including for magazines and newspapers, websites, annual reports, newsletters, books and special publications). View some of Fiona’s work here.
Primary school teacher Erica and husband nurse, Alvin, share their story of hope and love during a year of COVID, particularly in the context of their young daughter, Tala. Read their story, here.
Robert Holbery, 78, started his career as an apprentice butcher, however his love for signwriting and passion for lettering, along with a steady hand, has seen him painting the windows of menu boards, display signs and storefronts around Victoria, and beyond, for more than 56 years. Read the full story, here.
‘It’s been an incredibly challenging year, having to respond to the constant changes that have been required at school along the way,’ she said. ‘And particularly for our students, they’ve had to show much resilience, strength and adaptability in the face of much uncertainty and change.’ Read the full interview with Nicole Mangelsdorf, principal of Kilbreda College, here.
Fiona’s Italian background has ensured a deeply embedded love of, and appreciation for food! Most recently Fiona has been getting creative with Nazzareno Cugliari, chef and owner of Il Forno Restaurant in Hampton, Victoria, to create short cooking videos of her favourite recipes, including:
- Carciofi ripiena (stuffed artichokes)
- Biscotti della Nonna
- Pipi e Patate (fried peppers & potatoes)
- Green olives and herbs with papa Luigi Basile
- Sugo with Mamma Basile
- Fried green peppers with Papa Luigi Basile
- Chicken Soup
- Rigatoni alla Norma
- Fresh Felja Pasta with Cauliflower Passata
- Fettuccine Carbonara
- Fresh Fettuccine Pasta
- Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Gnocchi with burnt butter and sage sauce
- Sfinge / Zeppole (Italian donuts)
Masterchef’s Italian Cookbook
Pia Gava was one of the 2017 contestants on MasterChef Australia. She made it to the top 20. Photographed by yours truly, this cookbook contains more than 150 pages of beautiful Italian dishes from starters, entrees, soups, to pasta and gnocchi recipes, meats, and an array of Italian desserts and biscuits. This is a must have for anyone who loves anything Italian when it comes to food and cooking! Cost: $40 each. Click here to order your copy.
Fiona is deeply influenced by Ignatian spirituality. Following her 30-day silent retreat in Malta and the publication of her children’s book, Shhh…God is in the Silence by Loyola Press, she is a contributing writer to The Ignatian Prayer Adventure and Ignatian Spirituality, an outreach of Loyola Press. Read Fiona’s latest reflections, here.
One of my favourite stories …
Pádraig Ó Tuama is an Irish poet, theologian and peacemaker. To spend time with him, to hear him speak or to read his words, is to enter a wold of intersecting language, poetry, story-telling, history and theology. And it is to recognise the importance of each of these in his work of building peace and restoring hope within a deeply fractured world. Read the full story, here.
Food for the Highways and Byways is Fiona’s third cookbook photography project. It’s full of recipes – 35 in total – that range from soups and starters, to main dishes and desserts. It also contains an array of photographs showcasing the MSS’ work over 75 years. Find out more, here.
Published by Loyola Press, Fiona has released a children’s book called Shhh … God is in the silence, which is available in Australia via Garratt Publishing. Or you can contact Fiona Basile via email to order copies. There is also a bilingual version, in English and Spanish.
Fiona is available to do book readings in primary schools, kindergartens, local libraries or other community settings. Email Fiona to find out more.