ELLE (Canada) - - Radar -

There are so many im­ages in the world, and for me to make an­other one, there needs to be a good rea­son,” said Amer­i­can pho­tog­ra­pher Lisa Op­pen­heim after win­ning the In­ter­na­tional Aimia/ AGO Pho­tog­ra­phy Prize last year (Canada’s most sig­nif­i­cant pho­tog­ra­phy award, which is voted on by the pub­lic). This year’s nom­i­nees, in­clud­ing Cana­dian Owen Kydd, seem to have taken this state­ment to heart—Cal­gary-born, L.A.-based Kydd in par­tic­u­lar, who is less in­ter­ested in cap­tur­ing a mo­ment in time than the ac­tual process of de­pic­tion.

(2015) by Owen Kydd Us­ing ev­ery­day ob­jects in situ, his im­ages move ever so slightly on a loop—a chan­de­lier ro­tat­ing from left to right or a flower’s leaves rustling in the wind—to give the il­lu­sion of time pass­ing. Other nom­i­nees in­clude Amer­i­can Dave Jor­dano for his Detroit se­ries, Ger­man artist An­nette Kelm, whose small ob­jects be­come sculp­tural mas­ter­pieces in front of her lens, and Hito Stey­erl (also from Ger­many), who looks at the In­ter­net’s im­pact on im­ages. Pub­lic vot­ing be­gins Septem­ber 15, and you can see all the nom­i­nees’ work at the Art Gallery of On­tario un­til Jan­uary 6, 2016.

From left: Ar­les (2012) by An­nette Kelm; Glemie Play­ing the Blues, West­side, Detroit (2011) by Dave Jor­dano; Ad­di­tive (Sugar Cubes)

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