Congratulations to PSC student David Bibby who has been announced as a finalist in this years Bowness Photography Prize!
The Bowness Photography Prize is an initiative of the MGA Foundation and was established in 2006 to promote excellence in Australian photography. It has become one of the highest awards for photography in the country and receives hundreds of entries from renowned and up and coming photographers.
David’s image is from a folio series he produced as part of his Bachelor of Photography studies. Another image in this series received a gold award at the Victorian AIPP awards earlier this year. David was thrilled to hear the news, ‘I’m amazed and very excited that this series has been received so well. This will be my first gallery appearance, and of course the next challenge is perfecting the print’.
Well done David!
Check out his stunning image and read his artist statement below.
Fear of dark places gave our ancient ancestors an evolutionary advantage, by priming brains and bodies for a fight-or-flight response when faced with the threat of danger or the unknown. These primal fears also had a strong influence on our cultures. Our fear of darkness and of forests, as dark places that conceal the unknown, has placed them at the centre of many of our myths, legends and folktales.
Despite, or perhaps because of our fear, we seem to have an attraction to the darkness and there is something intrinsically beautiful in many dark images. Maybe the darkness has become a refuge in the modern world for those things we can’t control, including mystery and imagination.