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Untitled [Portrait of twenty-eight days], 2010

[1. Productive, 2. Relieved, 3. Anxious, 4. Defeated, 5. Accomplished, 6. Angry, 7. Ecstatic, 8. Loved, 9. Exhausted, 10. Excited, 11. Inspired, 12. Sexy, 13. Sad, 14. Energised, 15.Strong, 16. Safe, 17. Hopeful, 18. Depressed, 19. Nervous, 20. Desperate]

Ashleigh Garwood
I photographed myself each day for twenty-eight days, attempting to create a self portrait that examined emotion and its performance. I photographed myself when I was feeling a strong emotion and recorded my feelings and the time of day, however, I always attempted to show a neutral face. The viewer is invited to study and compare the faces and search for glimpses of expression. Photography’s history is based in creating documents such as mug shots or medical records and this is what I wanted the viewer to have in mind when looking at the work.

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Eyes on the Prize

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2010

A short visual essay of some of the works in the National Youth Self Portrait Prize 2010.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

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