I was fortunate enough to travel to London for the opening of the Renaissance Photography Prize last November. Forty-five photographers were chosen to exhibit from thousands of submissions in the Getty Images Gallery in central London. Craigieburn # 3, my image of an outer Melbourne suburban shopping centre, was one of the twelve shortlisted images.
I met photographers from Japan, England, Romania and Poland who shared their creative practices and experiences. The exquisite handprinted silver gelatin prints by Japanese photographer Miho Kajioka was a feature in the exhibition. And, where did the peacocks go? was created from her experiences as a journalist reporting on the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan.
Documentary photographer, Andrei Nacu from Romania, exhibited an historical image from his series, In the Forsaken Garden Time is a Thief, an insight into his parents daily life in contemporary Romania. UK photographer Sam Ivin‘s scratched portrait of an asylum seeker Fabrica for Pakistan from his series Lingering Ghosts was particularly poignant.
Images at the opening by Erica Wells. Renaissance Photography Prize 2015.