Nova Gina takes a smoke break

Elize Strydom2019

National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery
Canberra, Australia

I met Dunghutti man Dallas Webster at his apartment in Parramatta. Over four hours, I photographed the transformation from Dallas to his alter ego, Nova Gina. It's an exhausting process and Dallas needed a few smoke breaks. We chatted about what it’s like to be a gay Aboriginal teenager in regional Australia. ‘This is not a life I ever considered possible’, he said. ‘But now that I'm here, I believe I've established a name for myself and should take advantage of the platform and raise awareness about the issues that really matter to me.’


  • Title: Nova Gina takes a smoke break
  • Creator: Elize Strydom
  • Date Created: 2019

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