Most of these photographs taken were between 1966 and the early 1980s, and show portraits of young adults. This has become more relevant in the present political climate due to many of the characters now reaching their 50th ranging through to the 60th birthdays.
Jack Wilkins started taking portraits in the late 1960s and had the advantage of working for his father Alex who was had established a professional photographic studio in Liebig Street Warrnambool. Jack took the opportunity and became interested in documenting his friends and acquaintances through still photography. Later his portraiture expanded in recording other groups of people who generally were more likely to have alternative points of view. This includes bohemians, party people, tertiary students and lecturers, hippies and others who sympathised in social justices issues .He decided to publish a book titled Certain Connections.
Later John Wilkins teamed up with friend and photographer Mick Sirianni and published a follow up portrait book titled Further Connections. This publication featured a broader range of Warrnambool people including portraits of young couples. In 1999 both Mick Sirianni and Jack Wilkins held an exhibition and slide show at the Warrnambool Art gallery. Mick Sirianni retook a number of still photographs of people he previously shot 20 years before for this exhibition.
Certain Connections: Photographic Collections