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  gold  

Joseph Ford

Amount of Images: 12

about the artwork
I love optical illusions, whether it be with changing scales or with blending objects together. With this series I have worked on matching people to their landscapes through custom-made knitwear. Each of these pictures has taken me weeks to research and plan, and I’ve given the knitter, Nina Dodd, a precise brief on exactly how the design should match the background. She has spent weeks knitting for each one. I have generally begun with an idea: ‘Could I photograph someone blending into cherry blossom?’ Then I go looking for the perfect location. The locations have to be eye-catching but simple enough to be able to be knitted. They also have to be places that aren’t going to change too fast, as the knitting takes a few weeks. It would have been terrible to prepare a sweater and then not be able to shoot because the location has been demolished.  Once I’ve found the location, I photograph someone standing where I would like the model to be in the final picture. I draw over this scouting photograph and annotate the picture with different colours and patterns so Nina can plan how to knit. Often there are 10 or 12 different shades of yarn in a single picture, and up to 24 balls of wool at any one time for the more complicated designs. The choice of yarn has varied according to the background: the blue running track had a shiny surface so we found a fine cotton with a sheen to it.

 
  silver  

Eva Roovers

Amount of Images: 11

about the artwork
Series: Plantastic Plantastic is collaboration between Eva Roovers and setdesigner Carolyne Byrne, the pair created a fantasy forest based on regular household plants. The Flora is not all natural as appears on 2nd viewing. Some of the seemingly organic shapes come from plastic household objects and address the mater of plastic micro beads feeding into the ecological system on a daily base, in a colourful carnival of plants. Roovers is interested in the notion of Carnivalesque, where the mundane, the absurd and the miraculous are intertwined. In her colorful images, often described as sculptural photography, she creates a playful and sensual ambiance. Often starting our with everyday and unattractive subjects, such as rubbish, aging or pollution she creates magical settings trough the combinations of materials with a stylistic approach that transcend the ugly nature of these themes. She believes that the everyday is the vital soil for the exceptional and takes mundane objects into a new context to explore their qualities of being subject to visual poetry.  

 
  bronze  

Silke Baltruschat | Baltruschat

Amount of Images: 9

 
  public voting  

christian schmidt

Amount of Images: 12

about the artwork
"She liked the sea" is a personal visual journey through the wide and open landscapes of scandinavians westcoast.

 
  merits  

Bernd Cierpiol | STUDIO B71

Amount of Images: 12

about the artwork
This work is called Fata Morgana Burnout The term is known as a delusion, a mirage or even a mania. But their core nature is, that they seem to be real to us. "Burnout" as a term for total mental, emotional and physical exhaustion is accompanied with a state of blurred awareness and consciousness. Have you ever asked yourself: Is this really my beautiful house? Is this really my beautiful wife? Is this really my beautiful world? Or is it just a reflection of something, a mirage of my mind? This work is affected by the awareness of a world that changes in an unpredictable way. It destructs, alienates and deforms itself up to evanescence. Th photography where taken at the location of Cadiz and El Palmar de Vejer in the southwest of Spain. They represent mirrors of humans or buildings that the sea tide leave for a short moment on the beach presented upside down, so they become their own reality. Water turns into sky, sand structures into clouds.  

 
  merits  

Hana Knizova

Amount of Images: 12

about the artwork
Hamr na Jezere is a youth detention centre in northern Czech Republic. The project is rooted in my long-term interest in youth and ambitions. We used to drive by when I was little and I remember always wondering what the life must be like if you’re one of the kids. The youth, aged from early teens up to 16, have been institutionalized for various behavioural problems, ranging from aggression at school to petty crimes. Their length of stay varies from a couple of months to several years, and some of the children have spent half of their lives there. The facility comprises schooling and sleeping quarters, separated by gender, designed to serve as a 'family community' - the children live together, visited by guardians and counsellors in shifts. They mostly come from broken homes and some do not have any family members. Within their stay, they form various relationships, ranging from close friendship to hatred. They all have their personal stories which are impressive in its own way.

 
  merits  

Jim Kazanjian

Amount of Images: 8

about the artwork
Personal project using images sourced from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s online archive.