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Letting go, 2019

Marg Briese

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020 Finalist

After years battling devastating drought, Dad watched from the sidelines of his cattle yards as his livelihood was methodically drafted off for sale. This image captures him, oblivious to the camera, in a moment of pain and heartbreak at the impossible decision he’d made that day. In order to preserve the future, and save the core of his breeding stock, the rest had to go – and with them a lifetime of bloodlines went too. Down but not defeated, Dad’s strength through adversity shone through for all to see. Drought has many faces; this is one of them.

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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.