Twin photo earns place in final
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.
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.