First and sec­ond awards val­i­da­tion for pho­tog­ra­pher

Katikati Advertiser - - Your Community Voice - By MELANIE CAMOIN

Katikati pho­tog­ra­pher Jo Bryant who thought she “could not stand a chance” got a dou­ble prize at this year’s ART Waikino com­pe­ti­tion.

Sur­prise and ex­cite­ment were the words of Jo Bryant when she dis­cov­ered two of her pho­to­graphs won the first and sec­ond awards in the peo­ple pho­tog­ra­phy cat­e­gory at the open­ing of the an­nual art ex­hi­bi­tion at Waikino.

“I did not ex­pect it at all with the high stan­dard of artists that I would stand a chance. I am so ex­cited,” she said.

Jo’s first prized photo en­ti­tled The Vi­o­lin­ist shows a lit­tle boy play­ing vi­o­lin has a story be­hind.

“He was play­ing at the Pa­pamoa mar­ket rais­ing money for refugees, chil­dren in Iran.

“He was so in­tent and soul­ful,” she said.

Jo cut out the back­ground in post pro­duc­tion and turned it into a mono­chrome shot.

“It took me three weeks to track his par­ents’ down to get per­mis­sion to en­ter this photo at a pre­vi­ous con­test (TrustPower Awards) and I can’t wait to tell them.”

She said this photo had al­ways tugged at her heart.

Judge An­nette John­ston said it de­notes the “quiet de­ter­mi­na­tion of this child; eyes shut, his hair par­tially ob­scur­ing his face, our in­volve­ment in the scene is how­ever ce­mented by the in­clu­sion of the slight hand move­ment on both bow and fret”.

Jo’s sec­ond awarded pho­to­graph, Gui­tar Man, show­ing a colour­ful “grungy and edgy” gui­tarist at play breaks the pho­to­graphic codes, the judge said, “a com­po­si­tion­ally chal­leng­ing im­age”.

Jo said be­ing awarded that night is a val­i­da­tion of her work.

“So many times you en­ter com­pe­ti­tions and like art, it is sub­jec­tive for peo­ple to like it or not. Many do not like what you do, but win­ning two prizes in such a big con­test made me re­alise this is what I want to do.”

Her pas­sion for pho­tog­ra­phy came dur­ing her teenage years un­til it was par­tially in­ter­rupted while rais­ing her chil­dren.

“I still took pho­tos but mainly fam­ily ones.”

Af­ter they left home, her pas­sion resur­faced, pick­ing up her Lu­mix cam­era and train­ing with her men­tor at the time, Kiwi pho­tog­ra­pher and owner of Al­spix.com Alis­tair Boot.

“He was won­der­ful, en­cour­ag­ing and al­ways said to me, ‘it is not the cam­era that mat­ters, it is the eye of the pho­tog­ra­pher’,” she said.

Jo has been run­ning the Katikati A&P Show pho­tog­ra­phy com­pe­ti­tion for sev­eral years and founded the Katikati Pho­tog­ra­phers group last year.

Dou­ble win for Jo Bryant — hold­ing her photo that won sec­ond prize in the peo­ple sec­tion at ART Waikino. Her black and white photo be­hind of the lit­tle boy and vi­o­lin won first prize.

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