Global nod for pho­tog­ra­pher

Albany Advertiser - - AGENDA - Jes­sica Cuth­bert

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.

Pic­tures: Is­abelle Os­borne

A work by Is­abelle Os­borne.

’Molly’, a piece by Is­abelle Os­borne.

Is­abelle Os­borne

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