Jill Todd Photographic Award 2014
Street Level Photoworks, 25th Oct - 7th Dec 2014
Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries from 24 Jan – 21 Feb 2015
The Jill Todd Photographic Award is an annual award providing a valuable opportunity for emerging photographers to showcase a new body of work and benefit from the exposure of a gallery show. It has been established to support and celebrate the work of talented photographers from major Photography and Arts Degree programmes in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
The theme of this year's award is 'Flow'.
Ingvild Melberg Eikeland
The Grand and Royal Canal served Dublin with freight and passenger transport up until the 1960’s. Live Aboard documents the communities who live along the canal, and a way of life currently under threat from new legislation by Irish Waterways.
False Start, Limitless Ending
These aerial photographs show the River Forth flowing from its source to the sea. They were made looking up at the sky, looking down below, feeling the wind and walking with purpose. If our lives are like the journey from source to sea then life in the broader sense is like the river, timeless in our comprehension, always regenerating in an everlasting cycle.
Saudade (part ii)
In 1974 my parents left their birthplace, the island of Madeira, and emigrated to the UK for economic reasons, severing a link to their heritage for all their future descendants in the process. This severance was deepened when, whilst I was still young, my father passed away. My mother followed in 2009. In 2014, following the birth of my first child, I returned to the island determined to heal this fracture with the past, hoping in the process to get to know my parents better by exploring the land from which they came.
Sandra Platas Hernandez
When producing this series I wanted to play with three different colour and texture combinations that represent the constantly moving and changing nature of the earth, containing layers of conscious and sub-conscious elements of self expression.
The Domestic Aviary
Born tame, domestic birds can no longer survive in the wild. These interiors, coupled with pet birds either flying free or becoming an ornamental part of the room, can be read as a visual metaphor of our own conscious understanding of freedom and its limits and possibilities.
True Hunting’s Over
Inspiration for this series came from studying a specific group of Documentary photographers and fiction film maker's work, combined with my own personal thought, and conversations had about religious and pagan rituals in the Scottish Highlands where the series is set. The narratives depicted can be part fact, fiction, re-enactment, and in any combination. Once presented together, it becomes unclear which narratives originated from the local inhabitants, from other visual references, or from my own imagination.
These images create an imaginary and unseen world using one of the most symbolic (and visited) elements in the city of Rome, the fountains. Under the cold waters, for few seconds, the loud busy city becomes quiet again, suspended in time. The bottom of the fountains becomes a symbolic territory where thousands of underwater stories take place.
The JTPA 2014 exhibition is a partnership between JTPA and Street Level, in association with SSHoP, the National Galleries of Scotland, and Gracefield Arts Centre.
Banner image: Frank McElhinney
Left image: Ingvild Melberg Eikeland