THIRD PRIZE: JESSICA HARDY
“An image that has resonance and atmosphere, that speaks of a personal struggle.” – Zed Nelson
“Jess presents an image from a deeply personal project which she describes in her statement:
“I have Bulimia. Whilst struggling I came across Jo Spence’s photo therapy work and was inspired to use photography as therapy myself. I did this through using the camera to really investigate my past selves through the recreation of memories, as I believe that allows the viewer to remember the lost thoughts and feelings attached to each moment”.
The image is unashamedly personal. You see the shutter release cable winding between our position and her hand and, while she isn’t the first to use this technique, it’s an effective way of reminding the viewer that we’re witnessing a self-portrait – diaristic, and the work of the photographer alone. Literally and psychologically, she isn’t allowing anyone else to enter this personal space.
It’s a well-constructed image – with real care taken over the composition and lighting, which sits in contrast to the dangled cables and ruffled carpet in the room. That juxtaposition creates a tension, along with her facial expression suggesting that the surface calm hides strains and complexities underneath.
It’s an attractive image, and as a viewer I’m compelled to enter Jess’ world – to try to understand her feelings. In that sense it’s a really powerful portrait.” – Life Framer Editors
FURTHER HONORARY MENTIONS
Paul Wenham-Clarke, Mike Marlowe, Lucile Boiron, Colin Kopp, Marinka Masséus, Tahmineh Monzavi, Shelby Orr, Bivas Bhattacharjee, Mattia Micheli, Leon Hendrickx, Rana Young, Ingvar Kenne, Dimitris Rapakousis, Charlotte J Ward, Ovidiu Tataru, Chiga Kenji, Mijoo Kim.