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The gin soaked effervescence of Libby and Maeve, 2016

by Patrick Boland

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 Finalist

Maeve Marsden and Libby Wood are performers with smart minds and angelic voices. I photographed them for a show they were performing called ‘Mother’s Ruin’, a cabaret about the hidden history of women and gin. In a lot of shots they are laughing and smiling, which is their natural state of being. But this is my favourite shot from the day, their faux-stony faces hiding a fearless love of the absurd and a passion for what they do so well.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

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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.