Photo Talent Contest II
This is our second contest and we are so happy with all your participation. We were totally overwhelmed with the quantity and quality of the good work you sent us, but we had to choose only 3 winners. We are pleased to announce Chiara Cappetta as the first prize winner whose work will adorn our printed issue 5 next month, Anna Broujean is second and Phoebe Kiely third. We have asked each on of them a few questions and you can see their amazing photographs above.
Her name is Chiara, She is 20, she comes from Italy and she lives in Bologna. Chiara studies Communication at the University of Bologna. She started taking pictures when my uncle gave her her first camera at the age of 10. She’s been self-taught since then. She is not very good with words, so she uses photography as her main form of communication. In January 2016 she acquired her first analogue camera and since then, almost all her photos are shot in analogue. She feels the imperfection of film relates more closely to her.
Chiara tells us some info about her work:
Through my work I try to represent what’s in my mind.
For many years i mostly took self portraits; recently I gained courage and I crossed personal boundaries, focusing on projects that include more people. Currently I’m working on my vision of love, in the project “Alienation” (from which comes the picture of the two eyes); my love and amazement about nature (and in particular my favourite time of the day, deep night and the sunrise) in the project “Before the dawn” (The photo of me in the kitchen and the photos of Lorenza and Chiara in the bus) and my gratitude in being alive in my project “Sleep when you’re dead” (Chiara at luna park).
I’m very grateful for this opportunity to share my work with other people, because this is what art is to me: the sharing of emotions.
Anna tells us some info about The Shanghai Chronicles:
Here, you can eat duck heads with pre-dinner drinks and wear pyjamas during the day. Here, monks play on their smartphones hidden in sleeves while you play dice in night clubs. Here, you gather at the crack of dawn to practice your Tai Chi and at dusk dance to techno music. Five choreographies the whole country knows by heart. Here, your job is to wait at the bottom of an escalator to avoid that, absorbed in their selfies, customers would fall. Here, you build Romanesque churches in cardboard cutouts to pretend like you’re in Paris and a hot pink Jesus completely stretched out is represented in the plastic stained-glass windows.
Ingoldsby was the village where Kiely grew up. Art was always a part of her life, photography was introduced at around the age of 13. Longing for a life in the city, she started university at the age of 21. In 2015 she graduated from Manchester School of Art. Her life has influenced her work and her work has in tern influenced her life and her decisions.
From a young age Kiely felt her visual language change and felt a shift in how she looked at the world. Kiely longs for people to never fully understand her work. Never wanting it to be labelled as a genre, she wishes her work to be everything that she sees committed to paper. It holds important moments, the memories she never wants to forget and the memories she does not want to remember.
Throughout university and beyond Kiely created darkroom prints. From seeing the photograph, to taking the photograph, processing and then printing allows Kiely absolute control. The darkroom element of the work is important. Laying out the prints to dry, analysing them after each printing day. Watching the paper dry, but not stay entirely flat. Every image is unique. No controls are taken down at the printing stage, allowing Kiely to never print an image exactly the same. The idea of reproduction of her work does not sit comfortably. She believes that committing her photographs to print she becomes more permanent.