We are pleased to announce the first recipient of the Photo Life Student Award. The Emerging Photographers 2015 competition winners have also been selected and will be published in the February/March 2015 issue of Photo Life.
Our annual Emerging Photographers competition gives Canadian photography students, apprentice photographers and those just beginning their careers a unique opportunity to share their vision and talent with the world. Twenty-one photographers have been selected to have their images featured in the Emerging Photographers portfolio, which will be published in the February/March 2015 issue.
In addition, competition participants enrolled at a recognized Canadian photography program were considered for the Photo Life Student Award. We are pleased to announce that the recipient of the first Student Award is Brandon Brookbank.
A photography student at Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in Halifax, Brookbank was selected by the Photo Life team and David duChemin for his most distinctive student work. His photographs were a part of a project called Pools and Other Nouns. Brookbank explained, “My work predominately encompasses the theme of banality—be that a moment of stillness, an object of mundane simplicity, or explorations of a leisurely activity. I look for absences within the image, a language of realism within the frame, and depictions of banal moments through subtle representation. I am interested in presenting objects, spaces, and trace. I aim for my work to not only remove any specific presence from the image but also remove myself for the photograph to speak to its own inquisitions. This being said, my practice is constantly changing; my ideas are processed through the space, city, or place in which I am working.”
After completing his photographic studies, Brookbank intends to continue on to a professional practice. Brookbank will receive two tools to boost his emerging career: a web portfolio here on photolife.com and a two-hour discussion with veteran photographer David duChemin.