Global nod for photographer
Former Denmark girl and talented photographer Isabelle Osborne has been selected as a finalist for the IRIS Award 2016, an international prize recognising new and outstanding portraiture in photography-based media.
The award is swiftly emerging as the world’s most unique photography award-exhibition attracting original and conceptually driven portraiture.
Osborne has been selected as a finalist with her portrait “Molly” which speaks of issues surrounding female youth and body image in our society.
Osborne said art and design have forever been mediums that have fascinated her, telling the Advertiser she has always been drawn to visual forms and feels that photography in particular holds an essence that she connects to and speaks through.
Currently, this talented photographer and artist is working solely with analogue photography and has been inspired by her recent travels to Japan.
“I became really inspired by the concept of ‘wabi-sabi’ which aims to see the beauty in all things imperfect, impermanent and incomplete and through this philosophy and aesthetic, much of my work now aims to question ‘beauty’ in both people and places,” she said.
Although showing work in various other exhibitions, this is the first entry into the IRIS Awards for this gifted photographer, who said she was extremely shocked and excited to be a finalist.
“I was encouraged from tutors within my university context to enter, so on a whim decided I had nothing to lose — which I am now very pleased I did,” she said.
“Although completely shocked to be a finalist in such an amazing award, I am completely honoured and proud that my portrait piece will have the privilege of being exhibited alongside some amazing photographers.”
Osborne said her portrait, Molly, speaks of two very loaded words: female and youth. “As a young woman myself, this portrait speaks of the many complexities, expectations and concerns I have encountered being a young female in this day and age,” she said.
“This portrait aims to bring concerns surrounding body image and distorted expectations to the forefront.
“It has a distinctly cold and disconnected feeling to it, which in many ways speaks of my resentment towards gender norms and ideals of ‘beauty’ in young women — something I feel completely disconnected from and feel needs changing.”
The opening night for the awards is on September 1 at the Perth Centre of Photography at 6.30pm.
A work by Isabelle Osborne.
’Molly’, a piece by Isabelle Osborne.