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And then came the night, 2020

Amanda Miller

Living Memory Finalist

We sit around a fire in the yard. It is autumn during our isolation. She could be inside watching TV. But these odd times invoke primal instincts – hunt and gather, stoke the fire, huddle close. Then out comes the tablet so she can check in with her friends. I muse at the allegorical poignancy that the vision before me conjures about our world: her device-lit, disembodied face, isolated in the darkness, yet still connected to the zeitgeist. Meanwhile the fire, emblematic of a sinister threat, crackles and burns below – contained, but with the potency to potentially jump the lines at any moment.

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People's Choice Award

Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize

Vote for your chance to win...
1 x Living Memory catalogue (RRP $49.95)
1 x night at Midnight hotel Autograph Collection
1 x annual family membership to the Circle of Friends
1 x double pass to any exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in 2022

The photographer who receives the most votes in the People’s Choice Award will receive $5,000 from The David Roche Foundation.

Voting closes Sunday 5 December 2021. Terms and conditions apply.

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Living Memory

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