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The Honourable Bob Hawke savouring a strawberry milkshake, 2017

by Harold David

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2018 People's Choice Award

The Honourable Bob Hawke savouring a strawberry milkshake, 2017

Some former prime ministers are just less self-conscious than others. All the planning in the world went out the window the moment Bob Hawke walked into the room, sipping through a pink straw. As my father used to say, ‘What it is!’, and at that moment, as history stood before me, I understood what he meant! I am always looking for what connects us all and makes us human. My heart knows we are all created equal, and I always strive to capture that essence in my photographs – a take-away cup, a glint in the eyes, a life well-lived.