2021 Finalists

Tony KEARNEY

Artist statement: A portrait from my ongoing series artist[s] of one of the cast members from the movie High ground, taken just before the gala launch at the Adelaide Film Festival in October 2020. Adelaide had just come out of a long period of COVID-19 restrictions and we were all celebrating the ability to watch movies in a theatre again.

The portrait of Jacob Junior Nayinggul, Indigenous ranger and first time actor from the remote Northern Territory community of Gunbalanya, was taken under a pepper tree in a back lane in Adelaide. I’d draped a black cloth over a fence and using the diffuse natural light, took two portraits with a 1950s large format camera paired with a 1940s aerial photography lens.

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Jacob  2020
from the series artist[s]
pigment ink-jet print
121.0 x 96.0 cm
courtesy of the artist

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