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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.

Willie ‘Bomba’ King, 2019

Jason McNamara

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020 Finalist

Willie ‘Bomba’ King is a local Ipswich resident. This portrait tells us who he is, where he is from, and what he does. Willie is a traffic controller, and the use of his STOP/SLOW sign was a great way of introducing his Indigenous heritage and showing just some of his happy-go-lucky personality. My style of portraits invites the viewer to ask questions as they discover more and more about the subject.

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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.