Here’s something. The average age of the photographers shortlisted for the T W Portrait Prize is 29. Not a single photographer is over 35.
It’s hard to judge the pics from the website, they are presented very small, but if you are hoping for something fresh, think again.
Nothing wrong with that. This is not the ‘re-invent the wheel’ photography prize.
This photo, The Ventriloquist, by A. Haser is my favorite by a country mile. Its the title that makes it for me. And by the same token I feel the picture is let down by the mundane discription of how and why it was taken.
Why did they do that?
I’m not interested in the truth. I’m interested in possibility.
Born into an artistic family in the Black Forest, Germany in 1989, Alma Haser moved to the UK in 1995 and gained a BA in Photography from Nottingham Trent University. Her shortlisted portrait, taken in her shared house in South London, is of friends Luke and James who have known each other since they were 12. Struck by their hairstyles, Haser initially planned to take separate portraits but it was difficult to get them to concentrate so she decided to photograph them together.
She says, ‘I asked them to sit on a tiny, wobbly coffee table, forcing them to almost cling onto each other. Ultimately I wanted to turn their verbal banter into a visual image. The title is designed to help viewers make up their own stories about what is going on.’
Chosen by the British Journal of Photography as one of the four best graduates of 2010, her work has featured in 10 exhibitions internationally and she received third place in the People’s Choice at Foto8 Summer Show 2012.