A little trip down memory lane. This is my 15 year old daughter 16 years ago when she was a member of the National Capital Dancers (Canberra) she was getting ready to go on stage in their production of Swan Lake. Her role was in the corps de ballet. This photo was taken on film, I have processed it in photoshop to make it a bit more dramatic and to take away some of the distracting background. By the way (“I have been told that the use of ‘chookas’ to wish a performer good luck is uniquely Australian. It seems to have come into use during the early days of J.C. Williamson’s dominance of the theatre scene in Australia. In the early 1900s chicken was regarded as a treat (even in my experience ‘chicken in the basket’ was the most expensive dish on a menu). As most shows paid fees depending on the box-office take, a full house meant that the performers would be able to afford a chicken meal. The cry ‘chook it is’ was shortened to ‘chookas’, and eventually used by performers to wish each other a successful show regardless of the number of people in the auditorium.”) Curtesy of Colin Peasley
This is the colour version below.


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  • canonman99
    canonman99about 1 year ago

    looks great for a -1……I’m sure you were very proud

  • Yes extremely so, thank you kindly Dennis !

    – Karen E Camilleri

  • Kim McClain Gregal
    Kim McClain Gr...about 1 year ago

  • thank you for the honour Kim, I’m delighted :-)

    – Karen E Camilleri

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    paintingsheepabout 1 year ago

  • Thank you Gena !

    – Karen E Camilleri

  • Kasia Nowak
    Kasia Nowakabout 1 year ago

    Amazing portrait. Love the chiaroscuro effect.

  • Thank you so much for you lovely comment Kasia :-)

    – Karen E Camilleri

  • tori yule
    tori yuleabout 1 year ago

    Congratulations! Your work is beautiful!
    View your feature here and join me in congratulating our co-creators
    July 2013

  • Thank you for featuring my image Tori, I’m so delighted :-)

    – Karen E Camilleri

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    Heloisa Castroabout 1 year ago


  • Many thanks Heloisa !

    – Karen E Camilleri

  • Evita
    Evitaabout 1 year ago

    Beautiful image and work Karen !!! ☺♥

  • Thank you very much Evita :-)

    – Karen E Camilleri

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBabout 1 year ago

    July 12, 2013

    Beautiful work!

  • Thank you for the honour Teresa !

    – Karen E Camilleri

  • anaisanais
    anaisanaisabout 1 year ago


  • I thank you from the heart Anna x

    – Karen E Camilleri

  • patcheah
    patcheahabout 1 year ago

    I love this soft dreamy image of your talented daughter! I prefer the B& W ,BEAUTIFUL!

  • Oh thank you so much for your lovely comment and giving me some feedback Pat, very much appreciated !

    – Karen E Camilleri

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