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Alyssa

by David Knight

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2007 Finalist

The sitter for this portrait is Alyssa Braithwaite, a journalist at the Australian Associated Press, and a friend and colleague of my wife's. I first met her a couple of years ago and was instantly struck by her. She does not conform to the traditional notion of beauty, yet she is one of the most beautiful women I know. She has the most beautiful and engaging eyes, and an almost sad, melancholy expression. She has that certain naivety of an uncorrupted soul. With this image, I wanted to capture that beauty and innocence and stripped the shot down to the bare minimum. We scrubbed away any semblance of makeup and framed the shot to include no reference to clothing. We also pulled back her hair to further simplify the image.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2007

Other NPPP photos from David Knight

My Two Sides, 2016 by David Anthony Knight
NPPP 2017 Finalist

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Lindy Lee - Birth and Death, 2006 by Robert Scott-Mitchell
Lindy Lee - Birth and Death, 2006 by Robert Scott-Mitchell

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2007

Previous exhibition, 2007

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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.