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5 June 2021

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

So we're pleased to present the 399th in our series of Saturday matinees today: True Portraits.

In this 2:05 film by Rob Castiglione, which is being exhibited at the Breaksea Film Art Trail from June 4 to 28, Western Austrialian photographer Nik Duncan photographs visual artist Nikki Green.

Duncan is an accredited member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers and a multi award-winning wedding and portrait photographer. She was the 2015 AIPP WA Professional Portrait Photographer of the Year, a finalist in the 2017 National Photographic Portrait Prize and has been a double finalist in the last three Fremantle International Portrait Prize contests.

While it's fun to watch her work with Green and immediately see the images she's capturing, the real treat is that Duncan narrates the clip too.

She's always got a camera with her, she confides. "Always, always."

She remembers getting into digital photography with the first Canon dSLR. "It was so exciting." Her bed was covered with magazines and books while she went online to learn everything she could.

"It's still all I think about," she says. "And all I wanted to do." And it still is.

Photographing real people is what she loves. "I'm not interested in everyone coming along dressed in their white shirt and jeans," she says. She wants "a true portrait."

And she shows us several of Nikki Green.

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