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Polly Borland, 2015

by John Tsiavis

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2016 Finalist

There are multiple layers at work when one looks through a camera lens. Beyond the actions of sit, point, and click, I ask “what is really being portrayed here?” This question becomes particularly complex when the subject makes her art and creates a narrative by constructing characters and interpreting them through her lens. In Polly’s deliberate projection, I find her vulnerability amplified, with a unique tension that comes when one is at the same time the photographed and the photographer.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2016

Other NPPP photos from John Tsiavis

Creator versus character - Chris Lilley, 2009 John Tsiavis
NPPP 2010 Finalist
Chris Lilley, 2012 by John Tsiavis
NPPP 2013 Finalist
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