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Adam, Craigieburn, 2018

by Yask Desai

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019 Finalist

This work is from an ongoing project that I am making in the suburb of Craigieburn in Melbourne’s outer north. I met Adam one Thursday in May near the park off Bridgewater Road. Since then I have photographed him every week. He wants to be a voice-over artist; he once did an impression of Iago the parrot from Aladdin in an interview with his job placement agency. I gave him a voice recorder, and sometimes we record his voice impressions. He is my lone companion from the suburb after nine months of photographing there. Next month we plan to see a fantasy movie at the local Multiplex – he has never enjoyed watching films alone.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019

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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.