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Reflection of youth, 2008

by Kevin Miller

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2009 Finalist

'Reflection of youth' is an image taken in July 2008 of my son Henderson. We were in Mount Gambier at the time, cleaning the house of a deceased friend of the family. We stayed in the house, and Henderson was quite unsettled by this. He is at that age on the edge of childhood and not quite a teenager, and this image captures his anxiety and youth. One night, we went around the house playing at taking photos and having a bit of fun to make him feel better. This is one of the shots, and I find it interesting in this picture that Henderson's reflection in the mirror appears to be facing the reverse of what it should.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2009

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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.