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Shane Balcomb aka. Sasha Trajik-Mole, drag queen, 2011

by David Kelly

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2012 Finalist

At the age of 20, Shane felt an inner urge to release the creative fire inside him and, as a result, his alter-ego Sasha Trajik-Mole was born. Sasha's personality is somewhat of a polar opposite to Shane's. She is a vociferous, over the top, in your face individual who will push the boundaries of public acceptance. With a hard hitting image that you could say is a meld of 80's pop stars like Boy George and Pete Burns, Sasha is always the crowd pleaser and was recently awarded the 2011 Queen's Ball Entertainer of the Year.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2012

Other NPPP photos from David Kelly

Runners, 2010 by David Kelly
NPPP 2011 Finalist
Eddie Liu, 2012 by David Kelly
NPPP 2013 Finalist

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2012

Previous exhibition, 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.