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Joel, Mitchell Queensland, 2014

by Matthew Abbott

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015 Finalist

I came across Joel and his friends one quiet afternoon, mucking about in a truck yard opposite their house. I spotted Joel resting under the tray of a semi-trailer, his arm outstretched, reminding me of a pose seen in a Renaissance painting. Using a 10x8 large format camera slows the process of portraiture down, providing an opportunity to build a rapport with the sitter. In this instance, Joel seemed to forget I was there and drifted off into his own world. I wonder now what he was contemplating. This portrait is from a series documenting outback communities along the Murray Darling Basin.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015

Other NPPP photos from Matthew Abbott

Bushwalk, 2021 Matthew Abbott
2022 Finalist
Heath 2015 by Matthew Abbott
2016 Finalist
Frog Hunter, Damien Wurrkidj, 2011 by Matthew Abbott
2012 Finalist
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