Talented London College of Communication student Joe Reddy shone at the 17th National Open Art Exhibition, winning not one but two prestigious awards. Joe, who graduated last year from Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at LCC and who is now in his first year of BA (Hons) Photography, was delighted to win The Piran Strange Award for Young Artists, and The Young Photographer’s Award.
Joe won The Piran Strange Award with his photograph ‘Hand i’. Joe explains:
“‘Hand i’ is the result of my exploration into surreal photography. It was the final result of my A2 level project ‘Surrealism’ which I based around human manipulation. The image was one of a series of images.
The photograph was entered for the John Downton awards which exhibited in the Contemporary Turner Gallery in Margate, Kent, my home county.
The image actually won the gold prize and was used for advertisement on leaflets and banners outside the gallery. They decided to use my photograph for the advertisement of the NOA competition, which was a great honour. Michael Hoppen was one of the judges for the competition, along with Brian Sewell.”
There to present Joe with his awards was Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood.
Joe went on to win the Young Photographer’s Award with ‘Hidden Beauty Triptych’ – his triptych of photographs of a Quarry in Yorkshire Dales National Park. He talks about his work:
“The triptych I entered in the competition was actually my final project for the LCC foundation last year – I had them mounted up on a large scale in the entrance for the final project show.
The photos came from a trip I made up to Yorkshire with a friend from CSM, based on the beauty of landscapes, and how a scar on the land can still be portrayed as beauty. The project name was “Aesthetic Silence” and the Quarry was located within the National Park.
The inspiration and influence behind the photographs came from one of my favourite photographers, Edward Burtynsky.”
The National Open Art Competition is a registered charity whose aim is to provide a truly open and fair platform for all UK artists to exhibit, sell and promote their work through the medium of an annual National competition with exhibitions in London, Chichester and other venues around the UK.
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