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The Shuttle, 2021

Andrew Rovenko

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022 Finalist

As Melbourne struggles through many days of restrictions, with limited options to play and learn for the kids, four-year-old astronaut Mia puts on her homemade space suit and helmet and goes on exploration missions in the familiar neighbourhood, using her imagination to turn the mundane world around her into an exciting adventure. This photograph is one of the memories from our daily walks, one of the stories we found. The lockdowns have ended. We'll outgrow the costume. But the time spent together exploring and imagining is one special gift to keep.

Courtesy of the artist

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022

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