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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.

Karina, 2009

by Nikki Toole

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2010 Finalist

This image of Karina Espinoza is part of an ongoing project exploring skater culture. Many skaters speak of a solitary mind set when skating, and I asked the skaters to zone into this meditative space. Karina was part of an all female skater group I shot in California and her graceful quiet nature was reflected in her unconscious expression and stance.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2010

Other NPPP photos from Nikki Toole

Tyson, 2006 by Nikki Toole
NPPP 2007 Finalist
Daniel, 2008 by Nikki Toole
NPPP 2009 Finalist
Lucky Day, 2011 by Nikki Toole
NPPP 2012 Finalist
The Last Season - Jake Toohey, 2013 by Nikki Toole
NPPP 2014 Finalist

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Elle on wheels

Magazine article by Lucy Quinn, 2013

Lucy Quinn compares the approaches of three photographers lured to the action and culture of roller derby.

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Mind and body

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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.