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We were cold, 2019

Ben Mcnamara

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020 Finalist

We were driving from Kintore to Kiwirrkurra in the Central Desert region, looking for a roadside campfire where our mates were cooking for the night. 'Is that one – way up there?', Wheeler asked, peering through the darkness in the middle of the night. 'Kinda looks like two.' Fifteen minutes down the road, we pull up … to a bushfire. 'WHEEEEEELERRR!!', Lorna yells, surprised to see us. 'What’s going on Lorna?! What’s with the fire?' Lorna stops, and looks at us like we must be completely stupid. ‘We were cold.’

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020

Other NPPP photos from Ben McNamara

Shaun, 2015 by Ben McNamara
NPPP 2016 Finalist
Yukultji and Yalti with their family, 2019 Ben Mcnamara
NPPP 2020 Finalist

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020

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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.