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Martha Singing, 2021

Michael Wolfe

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022 Finalist

Martha is a member of the Bendigo South Sudanese Ensemble, formed in 2019. Every week they would come together to ideate, compose, sing and practice their craft, working towards a performance celebrating their culture and heritage. This formed the project Baai ('home') which premiered in November 2021 after being postponed multiple times.

The photo was taken in The Engine Room, a black box performance space which is quite disorienting to be in when the lights are low. I wanted a sense of the subjects floating in the space, emphasising the feeling of being cut-off and isolated by the pandemic.

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022

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