We are delighted to announce the 3 winners of the APHE Bursary for the Offspring 2015 Photomeet two-day event. Thank you and well done to all who took part, we were very impressed by the standard of the portfolios submitted; the judges had a tough decision to make. But decide they did, and our 3 winners will have 8 x 1-2-1 portfolio reviews across the two days of the event. There will also be talks, networking opportunities, panels, showcases of work and the chance to meet and discuss their work with a great line up of photographers, editors, authors and publishers. Good to work with the team at Photomeet, here is to more excellent collaborations in future –
The 3 winners of the APHE bursary are:
Alex Beldea – Final Year Student, BA (Hons) Photography, University of Huddersfield.
Valid for Travel.
This is an ongoing project that has been built up as an extended documentary series focusing on the condition of Syrian refugees in the United Kingdom. Currently it is estimated that around 4 million Syrians have left their country and that approximately 3000 have chosen the United Kingdom as shelter. ‘Valid for travel’ brings together a range of photographic images and personal testimonies as a means to engage with this issue beyond the simplified stereotypes created around immigration. Throughout the process I have conducted a series of interviews and negotiated portraits with a number of Syrian men who have recently arrived in the UK. Photographs have played an important role in how these men have told their own stories that include family photographs, keepsakes they have brought with them from home, while other images taken on mobile phones document the conditions they have endured as refugees. ‘Valid for travel’ therefore stands as a collaborative document that depicts the experience of migration, covering aspects of the Syrians’ pre departure life, their journey and their current liminal status.
Cathryn Innocent – Final Year Student, BA (Hons) Photography, University of Falmouth.
Convergent Boundaries: Landscapes without Memory, Memory without Land. (2014)
The contemporary lens brings a burden of question alongside with it in the digital age. Photographic truth – what is “real” and what is “authentic” (Robins, 2014) are ideas deeply rooted within this project. This series explores this, as I have created images that combine digitally created landscapes I made on cartographic software, with macro shots of minerals – the objects that sit within the goods we use to create our virtual world. The work is inspired by the hardware used by artist programmers in the 1960s, yet the aesthetics are inspired from a variety of photographers. The work aims to “present the un-presentable”, a quote from Jean Francis Lyotard that sat with me throughout the creation of this series.
James Marvin – 2nd Year Student, BA (Hons) Photography, Nottingham Trent University.
The Ballaglass facility is run by two full-time technicians who, between them, look after over 80,000 rainbow trout, from which over 70 million eggs a year are harvested and exported to farms throughout Europe, Central Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Troutlodge is one of the world’s leading producers of eyed salmonid eggs, for breeding species such as Atlantic salmon and rainbow trout.
We hope all involved will have a productive and enjoyable experience on the weekend of 21st and 22nd March, once again thanks to all who submitted work and the team at Offspring2015 Photomeet.
Yours in Photography,