As most of you know I would not normally blog other peoples work, but the above images are a part of the 2013 National Photographic Portrait Prize 2013, amongst travel trinkets from Canberra. The pink background image is by Katherine Bennet and the image on the 2013 catalogue is by Charlie White.
Our Prime Minister, Julia Gillard opened the event along side Dr Helen Nugent and Louise Doyle, director of the National Portrait Gallery. The opening by these ladies was an honourable surprise. The winner of the event was Janelle Low, with her beautifully lit image of Yhonnie and Indianna. Congratulations to Janelle your image is as beautiful as your speech. The night kicked on with fantastic catering by the National Portrait Gallery, and it was great to meet some of the other artists, and some very hospitable Canberran’s….(Thanks for the Canberra tour Robyn and Vic).
Michael and the message 2013
For those of you who would like to see, this is the image that I entered into the National Portrait Competition. I would describe this image as a journalistic style image. Ive used a wide angle lens, and the only appropriate way that I found to light this is with a flash at about 6.30 a.m. ( Thanks to my sitter, Michael).
The following day I returned to the gallery to have my image taken with my portrait as I did not take a camera to the opening. The above image is taken beside my portrait of ‘Michael and the message’. I am photographed by my mum with Ivan,another lovely meeting.
I had to put this view in. This is what I awoke to find the day after the exhibition opening. Hot air balloons flying across the city. Canberra is a really beautiful place, with many wonderful galleries and beautiful memorials. Make sure you visit if you ever get a chance.