Stoked. Gobsmacked. Overjoyed. Ecstatic. Bewildered. Honoured. Thankful.
All good words to describe how I feel about each one of my entries into the the 2019 Capture Magazine Emerging Photographer of the year being recognised.
I am so grateful to have received notification that they ALL placed in either the Top 20, Top 30 or Highly Commended groupings across both the Portrait and Art categories.
Each one of the entries I submitted this year were created as part of various personal projects. ‘Of Kin’, a series of portraits all shot in the doorways of their own homes was a project I began mid last year with the intention of capturing connection, emotion and tension between siblings.
My submission into the Art category, ‘The Red Balloon’ series was initially inspired by a friend and fellow creative. She keenly encouraged a small group of us to create our own images after rewatching the 1950’s cult classic film ‘La Ballon Rouge’ by french filmmaker, Albert Lamorisse. Lamorrisse cast his own children as actors in the film, a film which provokes a definite sense of nostalgia and childlike wonder, something I am always drawn towards in my own work. It’s definitely worth a watch if you haven’t come across this film as yet!
My final submission to the competition was a series of portraits all based on the 5 basic elements, Earth, Fire, Wind, Water and Ether, with a 6th submission covering the Afterlife. Given they are character based portraits, the choice of which category to enter them into was a tricky one as it sits somewhere in between the portrait and art categories. Having said that, I was thrilled to hear the news that these too had been judged Highly Commended.
It can be a quiet and isolated place sometimes when you are quietly creating for oneself, so I extend a massive and warm thanks to Capture Magazine for their acknowledgement of my work and more importantly, their encouragement. Now back to the drawing board to create some more!