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Birds' nests, 2012

by Rewa Nolan

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2013 Finalist

Family portraits are easier when the children are not your own. During this session my children, Molly and Finn Nolan, jumped around like cheeky monkeys. I was about to either add the?cat to the scene or call it quits! Then the laughter stopped, my daughter sat alone and this moment happened. I asked Molly, ‘Why the frown?’. She told me, ‘You have washed out all the birds' nests and now the birds have nowhere to live!’. Sharing this steep learning curve with our children is a privilege. Their curiosity is contagious and it inspires me to use my camera to explore our journey together.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2013

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2013

Previous exhibition, 2013

The National Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition is selected from a national field of entries that reflect the distinctive vision of Australia's aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects.

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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.

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