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Former Oak Flats High School student Joel Pratley worked alongside Naomi Watts as a photographer on Penguin Bloom | Illawarra Mercury

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Joel Pratley doesn’t think his photography is exceptionally “groundbreaking”, but he does admit he has a knack for making the ordinary remarkably beautiful. The 31-year-old – who grew up in social housing around Oak Flats – is defying the odds and recently worked on the film Penguin Bloom – a drama starring Naomi Watts, based on the best-selling book of the same name. Pratley’s job was to take still photos during filming for promotional material, with one of his stand-out images chosen to replace the book cover for the Young Readers’ edition. “It’s pretty cool working with someone like Naomi Watts – someone quite famous with such…



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