2018 Finalists

Rod MCNICOL

Artist’s statement: Throughout my long-term fascination with photographic portraiture, I have sought to pare the process back to its quiet essence; always seeking – through stillness and gentle directness – to engage my sitters in a timeless way.

In 2017, as I set out to once again portray another generation of those young people now living and working in this vibrant area around my inner city studio, I was intrigued by the ever-increasing cultural, ethnic and gender diversity of this new generation around me.

At a time when powerful, isolationist forces around the world seek to stem the tide of such diversity, I cherish the fact that this wonderful cultural mélange is flourishing right here in my own urban village! Indeed, this is cause to celebrate!

www.lensculture.com/roderick-mcnicol

Ayse  2017
from the series Portraits from my variegated village
pigment ink-jet print
66.0 x 49.5 cm
courtesy of the artist

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