Dr Young's Last Week
About the artwork and sitter
This photograph of Her Excellency the Honourable Dr Jeannette Young AC PSM, Governor of Queensland, shows a woman of strength and quiet determination. Positioned with her face emerging from the darkness in front of a solid stone structure, the execution references character traits exhibited throughout Dr Young’s career.
“She had become a prominent fixture in our living rooms over the last few years, during extraordinary times for our city and beyond. As an editorial photographer, I observed and covered countless press conferences when Dr Young was the CHO for Queensland, during the peak of the pandemic. Over that time, I felt compelled to create a portrait of Dr Young, beyond that of an editorial image. Dr Young kept calm, compassionate, and measured during an extremely challenging time, and I wanted to capture that in this portrait. The image was taken in her last week as CHO, before becoming the Governor of Queensland.”
About the artist
Jono Searle has worked as an editorial photographer for over 20 years, all the while continuing the portrait photography he began when he studied at the QCA at the beginning of his career.