‘A Moment’ Finalist image in the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017.

Exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Australia April 1 to June 18. (The exhibition will then be touring to various venues around Australia during 2017 / 2018). 



The children of East Arnhem land (like all Yolngu people from this area) have a special relationship with the sea, as they do with the land. Late one afternoon while walking close to the beach at Nyinyikay homeland, I came across some after-school shenanigans.  The energetic and fun-loving kids who live here were having the time of their life, swimming, jumping and fishing off the rocky shoreline, so I headed down to the water’s edge to join them.  Peter had swum into this rock pool when I asked him to look at me – there was no shyness, no awkwardness – and then he slipped back into all the fun.