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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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