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Gemma Baxter (right view), 2019

Shea Kirk

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020 Art Handlers' Award

‘Getting older, our faces and bodies change – but slowly I think I'm feeling more and more proud of mine. A body that started a business, hauled fabric around the city, filled a room with machinery that I taught myself how to use. When I saw the image you took of me, I was kind of inspired by myself. It was a fucking lovely feeling.’ This image – from the ongoing series Vantages – is half of a stereoscopic portrait of my dear friend Gemma, the genius behind ‘To Barwyn And Back’, a Melbourne-based label creating tech-streetwear, prioritising safety, comfort and community.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020

Other NPPP photos from Shea Kirk

Ella B Rowe (right view), 2021 Shea Kirk
2022 Finalist
Callan Bradley Hales (left and right view), 2018 by Shea Kirk
2019 Finalist
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