Ella (Printed & Framed)
Beautiful Ella has Asperger’s. She was enthralled by one of my portraits at an exhibition, amazing her parents because Ella doesn’t read facial expressions and it was the first time she had ever responded to an artwork in this way.
This portrait, made in their backyard, prompted this from Ella’s mother:
“I think it’s beautifully sad. You’ve captured Ella in a rare quiet moment where she stops and reflects. Behind her happy, social exterior, she longs to be like everybody else but knows she’s not. It made me cry.”
This portrait is part of "Portraits from the Pavement", an ongoing series of photographic portraits made of strangers Brett Canét-Gibson meets on the streets of Perth Western Australia. All his images are made with natural light and a portable background.
The "Portraits from the Pavement" project began in 2015.Over the last 6 years, portraits from this series have been exhibited in the National Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, four times—with five images represented (winning Highly Commended and People’s Choice in the same year with two different images, the first photographer in the history of the prize to do so). The series has also seen Canét-Gibson selected as a finalist in the Head On International Photography Awards (winning People’s Choice); the Olive Cotton Prize for Portraiture, twice; the Percival Prize, with two images selected—one of which won First Prize); and the Kuala Lumpur International Portrait Awards, just to name a few. Images from the series have also featured on national and international magazine covers.
This image was created with the consent of the subject's parent/s and subject featured in it.
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