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Inside: Tiggy, 2020

Louise Hawson

Living Memory Finalist

I photographed three-year-old Tiggy as part of a series called Inside, about life during a pandemic in Sydney. Her mum is a registered nurse and felt anxious about getting the virus and passing it on to her family. The biggest challenge, however, was managing energetic Tiggy while trying to home-school her six-year-old sister, as Tiggy 'requires constant attention!' I found this out for myself as I tried to capture her behind glass doors – she didn't stop moving. For a brief moment, however, she paused in her mother's arms, aglow in the sunlight hitting the door, and looked straight at me.

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