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The Hermit, 2016

by Alex Frayne

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 Finalist

I met Royce Wells five years ago and have been compiling a series of photographs of him ever since, on an annual basis. He is the owner and occupier of Adelaide’s infamous ‘House of Psychedelia’, a run-down cottage in the affluent eastern suburbs. The ramshackle abode is covered in Royce’s 1960s flower power artwork and graffiti. The interior is more like a dilapidated museum; the backyard is replete with possum and rat carcasses. And Royce himself is one of the most stubborn, brainy, wise, misanthropic and lovable minds I have had the pleasure to know.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

Other NPPP photos from Alex Frayne

The 70 year old jetty jumper, 2011 by Alex Frayne
NPPP 2012 Finalist
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