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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

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