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Cailynn, 2010

by Kobie Nel

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2011 Finalist

This photo of Cailynn Van der Merwe is part of an ongoing series on kids that documents the same children each year. A large format 4 x 5 camera was used, which required the sitter to remain very still, like the way portraits were taken in the beginning of portraiture. This is a character study to try and see what kind of person we will become while we are still kids, simply by observing basic facial features. I did not want to evoke any childlike emotions, as I wanted to see the small facial features that make us unique, or similar to our parents.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2011

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2011

Previous exhibition, 2011

The NPPP exhibition is selected from a national field of entries. The annual exhibition, now in its fourth year, reflects the distinctive vision of Australia's aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects.

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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.