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Boxer, Blake Travers, 2017

by Patrick Bell

Finalist, Digital Portraiture Award 2017
Single channel HD digital video

Boxer, Blake Travers, 2017 by Patrick Bell
Video: 5 minutes

Boxer is a portrait of a young professional boxer, Blake Travers. When Blake and I met during a hospitality shift, we immediately got along – his sense of humour and energy is unique, and his positive demeanour shines in any situation. Blake is an Indigenous Australian; he was born in Cessnock, NSW, although – as a Murri man – he is at home in South East Queensland. This portrait was shot at his home/gym in Jimboomba, QLD. Life has not always been easy for Blake, but his career as a fighter has been a strong one, with inspirational discipline and focus. On Wednesdays, Blake teaches me to box and I teach him the guitar – we joke and learn about our respective life experiences – they are very different, yet resonate strongly for each of us. I look forward to Wednesdays.

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Digital Portraiture Award 2017

Previous exhibition, 2017

An annual event to extend traditional notions of portraiture and foster emerging artists with an interest in new technology.

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