Snow Queen’s reign of silver
A Snow Queen and a ‘‘darkly beautiful’’ mummified bird have prompted judges to give a nod of approval to Matamata photographer Myra Bayly.
Myra admits she has a bit of a dark side which was reflected in two images which placed highly in the Professional Photography Institute NZ Iris Infocus awards.
She submitted four images in total to the national photography competition and received two silver distinction awards, one bronze award and a professional standard placing.
Her photo, ‘‘Snow Queen’’, a collaboration with Alicia Sim Artistry and model Hope Blackmore won silver distinction and a second photo by Myra, ’’post existence’’, also earned a silver distinction.
It took six hours for Myra and Alicia to turn Hope into a powerful snow queen, not to mention the days Myra spent designing and creating the costume.
‘‘I wanted her to powerful and strong.’’
Post existence was a perfectly mummified bird Myra found a few years ago. She says some people are quite ‘‘grossed out’’ by the skeletal bird, but Myra sees it as darkly beautiful.
‘‘I guess I have a bit of a dark side,’’ she laughs.
‘‘For me photography is cathartic, I can express the way I feel or raise an issue I feel strongly about.’’
Her photo of Maggie her cat received a bronze award and professional standard with Rapture. look
Myra recieved two of the 62 silver distinction awards given out and admits she is proud, considering it’s only her second year submitting work into the awards.
She also gained high accolades with her five entries in 2015.
Myra is also disappointed in herself that she didn’t place higher.
‘‘I was stoked last year with my first entry getting silver distinction, silver and three bronze. But I would like gold - I am my own worst critic.’’
A photographer may submit up to 10 photos into the awards, which Myra will aim to do next year and hopefully reach her goal.
‘‘I’ll be going for gold next year.’’
Myra’s placing awarded her with a medal and certificate for an associate, she was one of only seven to achieve such an accolade. She is aiming for her masters in 2017.
Myra Bayly with her three winning photographs Rapture, Maggie and Post-existence.