Portraits from Street Fashion Sydney | Head On Photo Festival

Portraits from Street Fashion Sydney

 

Kent Johnson

Festival Year :

2013

Exhibition Description

A selection of recent, candid fashion portraits selected from the blog posts of Street Fashion Sydney. The portraits have been made by fashion and portrait photographer Kent Johnson using the Fujifilm X-Pro1 and show how Sydneysiders dress for anything and everything; well maybe not quite everything.. Day and night, clubbing, arting, hanging or just walking in the street, this is what they wear.

http://streetfashionsydney.blogspot.com.au/

Exhibition Space

Dates and Times

01 May 2013 to 30 June 2013

Open Hours

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    NOW: 5 Y E A R S O L D ( 2 0 1 8 )
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    weeks later it was decided he would need
    surgery and so Kenneth and I travelled to
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    same day as Kenneth’s.

    He needed to be in the Intensive Care
    Unit (ICU) before and after the operation.
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    see what was going on, so the nurses in ICU
    always made sure his bed was raised up.
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    scar. As he was so young at the time, he
    has no memory of the whole ordeal, but
    he knows he has his scar. When people
    ask he doesn’t really know where it came
    from, he just knows he has the same scar
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    K A R I N A
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    Then and Now
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