‘Skategirl’ photographic entry speaks of hope for girls

SKATEGIRLA pretty portrait on the wall is all good and well, but shouldn’t we be celebrating art that makes an impact in the real world?
A photograph of a young female skater shot by prestigious portraitist Jessica Fulford-Dobson, at Afghanistan-based non-profit organisation Skateistan, has been shortlisted for the annual Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize, supported by the National Portrait Gallery, London.Selected from over 4,000 entries by photographers from around the world, the winner of the Taylor Wessing Prize must convince the judges that it “successfully transmits the circumstances and character of a sitter”, and the four photos that made the short cut – see gallery above – all have childhood as their subject.

According to the Guardian, Fulford-Dobson said she wanted to show the liberating environment that Skateistan provides for girls. “It is here that for a few hours a week they are able to have some semblance of a childhood in a place that is detached from the war and their working life on the streets.

“Like so many other girls across the world, when given a chance to do something positive that they love, each starts to discover their own identity and strength, their own distinctive style and personality.”

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