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Owen Yalandja, 2009

by Stephen Oxenbury

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2010 Finalist

Owen Yalandja is a senior member of the Dangkorlo clan and lives at an outstation community at Barrihdjowkkeng, Arnhem Land. He exclusively represents the yawkyawk spirits in sculptural form. He is a well-known singer for traditional ceremonies. He has a formidable presence when you meet him which and I tried to convey in his portrait. This photograph is part of an ongoing series examining cross-cultural motifs.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2010

Other NPPP photos from Stephen Oxenbury

Adam Cullen, 2008 by Stephen Oxenbury
NPPP 2009 Finalist
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