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Mel, 2011

by Heather Faulkner

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2012 Finalist

'Mel' is part of a trans-media documentary project I am working on which tells the stories of eight lesbians who experienced living in Queensland during the Joh Bjelke-Petersen Government, and how they interpret that experience to have contributed to who they are today. Mel is retired and lives in Brisbane. She spends her time painting, volunteering and swimming in the sea. In her twenties she took a knife to a bloke who was roughing up her girlfriend. Fortunately, no-one was hurt.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2012

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2012

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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.