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Angel of the Gap, 2009

by Sahlan Hayes

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2010 Finalist

Don Ritchie, eighty-two, is a former life insurance salesman who in forty-five years has rescued 160 people from jumping to their death at Sydney's notorious 'Gap', opposite his home at Watson's Bay. Some have changed their minds and followed him home to breakfast but others have struggled with him and gone through with their intention. He still scans the horizon for would-be jumpers in between drinking tea and reading in the hope that he might prevent someone else from taking their life. An anonymous note left in his letterbox described him as 'an angel walking among us'.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2010

Other NPPP photos from Sahlan Hayes

Charles Blackman, 2008 Sahlan Hayes
NPPP 2009 Finalist

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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.