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Cameron and the prosthetic arm, 2016

by Steve Wise

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 Finalist

This image is part of a series of portraits exploring the collection of historical medical equipment and artefacts housed in the Royal Perth Hospital Museum. Cameron is able-bodied, with the full use of both arms. He is naturally right-handed, and is a very successful young sportsman, so when I asked him to wear the prosthetic I was anticipating an interesting result. On suggesting he imagine not having the use of his right arm, his face took on an expression that was hard to read – perhaps the envisioning of change, loss. This added a unique mood to his character in this formal portrait.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

Previous exhibition, 2017

The exhibition is selected from a national field of entries, reflecting 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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