The following photographers won awards at the LensCulture Exposure Awards in 2011 in the Single Image category. The three images can be seen in the slideshow above. The artist's statements on their work can be read below.
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Winner, 1st Prize
As a photographer, I've spent most of my career looking deeply into the spaces we inhabit. The idea of Home — what it meant and how it felt — preoccupied my thinking. Almost all my pictures were of the spaces we live in or the things we live with.
But at the age of 31, a diagnosis of breast cancer forced me to redefine my ideas of home. Needless to say it came as quite a shock. I had exercised and eaten correctly, and like many of my age, I felt indestructible, never thinking the most basic of dwellings could be lost.
Faced with the nihilistic process of radical chemotherapy and surgery, my ideas of "where" I exist turned inward. As the doctors, with their knives and chemistry broke down the physical structure in which I lived, the relationship between the cellular self and the metaphysical self became glaringly clear. My body may not be me, but without it, I am something else entirely.
I knew that my long held image of myself would be shattered. What would emerge would be a mystery. It was in that spirit of unknown endings, that I picked up my camera to self document the catharsis of my own cancer treatment.
No one was there when these pictures were made, just my dissolving ideas of self and a camera. And what began as a story that could have ended in many ways, this chapter, like my treatment, has now run its course. While I can't say everything is fine now, I will say, "These are the images of my Home - as it was then", and with a little luck, there will be no more to come.
S. Gayle Stevens
Winner, 2nd Prize
Calligraphy consists of a series of wet plate collodion tintype photogenic drawings of plant and animal specimens I have collected on walks near my home and in my travels.
This series is inspired by cabinets of curiosity, natural history collections from the 17th century, and the precursor of museums. The original meaning of cabinet was a small room; these rooms housed collections of plants, preserved animals and minerals. My collection contains diverse plant and animal remains.
I have always been intrigued by what is overlooked in daily life and these objects are cherished for the unique beauty of their sparse remains. I have rendered my drawings of these specimens in wet plate collodion. The silhouettes of the photogenic drawings are rendered as black shadows and echo the brushstrokes in Chinese calligraphy, sparse yet expressive.
Changeable as the original specimens, the silver rich plates are unvarnished and will tarnish with age. The speed and degree of tarnish will depend on their environment and the patina will be that of antique silver. The Calligraphy series is composed of single and multiple five-inch square plates displayed in the style of 19th century specimens and housed in black wood shadow box frames. This collection will be displayed as my personal museum of specimens collected on my daily walks. These images are my memento mori; an acknowledgement of lives passed, a rendering of fleeting shadows.
Andrey Ivanov-Eftimiopulos & Sasha Shikhova
Winner, 3rd Prize
The photographic project Shipwrecked Souls represents a series of portraits of people who are alone with infinite water elements.
After the initial perception of the tragic crash, there are more subtle connotations: Infinite space, infinite time, infinite loneliness, the diminishing of a human ego and the resurrection of the Divine Essence.
Placed in identical conditions, the live beings retain their own behavior, which is the source of reaction of infinite space.
Be sure to see the Portfolio Prize winners and the 25 Honorable Mention winners, too!
Congratulations to all!