Twin photo earns place in fi­nal

Central Leader - - NEWS - By DANIELLE STREET

The fa­mil­iar scene of chil­dren watch­ing car­toons in the early morn­ing light has earned an Auck­land artist a place at the fi­nal­ists’ ta­ble in an in­ter­na­tional pho­tog­ra­phy com­pe­ti­tion.

Mt Eden res­i­dent Chloe Rid­dell cap­tured the im­age of her twin niece and nephew late last year while she was vis­it­ing fam­ily in Hawkes Bay.

‘‘They woke up one morn­ing and that’s how they were ly­ing there watch­ing TV.

‘‘I just came in and just took the photo of them.

‘‘That’s ex­actly how they were,’’ Miss Rid­dell says.

It is one of the last pho­to­graphs taken of the 8-year-old sib­lings be­fore they were sep­a­rated due to fam­ily dif­fi­cul­ties.

The im­age is one of a se­ries that cap­tured in­ti­mate mo­ments in her fam­ily’s re­la­tion­ships.

Ms Rid­dell, who is un­der­tak­ing a masters de­gree at Elam School of Fine Arts, chose the im­age for the Sony World Pho­tog­ra­phy Awards Stu­dent Fo­cus di­vi­sion be­cause it was ‘‘so unposed and so nat­u­ral’’.

‘‘And there was the greater story that was quite in­trigu­ing to me, be­cause it was about how the twins had been sep­a­rated.

‘‘It has a greater con­text to it,’’ the 25-year-old says.

Ms Rid­dell shot the im­age on an old-fash­ioned 4x5 large for­mat cam­era.

De­spite the ef­fort and ex­pense of us­ing such an an­ti­quated for­mat, she says she en­joys the fact that it slows her down.

‘‘With a dig­i­tal you can find yourself snap­ping 10 shots of the same im­age and then choos­ing the best one,’’ Ms Rid­dell says.

‘‘Whereas with 4x5 the film is so ex­pen­sive, and has such a process to get it de­vel­oped, so you take your time and you make sure it’s ex­actly what you want.’’

The Twins was selected as one of 10 fi­nal­ists from around the globe that will move to the next round in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Ms Rid­dell has been sup­plied with a dig­i­tal cam­era and been asked to shoot a se­ries of im­ages un­der the ti­tle ‘‘self-por­traits’’.

‘‘I don’t re­ally pho­to­graph my­self so it’s go­ing to be a bit of a chal­lenge to try and make im­ages that aren’t cliche,’’ she says.

She will fly to Lon­don in April to at­tend the gala cer­e­mony where the win­ner will be an­nounced.

Photo: DANIELLE STREET

See­ing dou­ble: This im­age, en­ti­tled Twins, was pho­tographed by Chloe Rid­dell. Old-fash­ioned: (Be­low) Pho­tog­ra­pher Chloe Rid­dell with a large for­mat cam­era sim­i­lar to the one she used to shoot her strik­ing im­age.

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