After a hugely successful CBSDCP Third Edition Opening with over 200 people in attendance, exhibiting 2800 photos from over 100 project participants, there’s just a few days left to come in and see it for yourself! The exhibition is open at Ruffian Gallery: 361 Barkly St, Footscray on Thurs 9 October & Friday 10 October from 3-7pm AND Saturday 11 October & Sunday 12 October 12-4pm (more info here).
But this blog post is dedicated to the winner of the CBSDCP: Third Edition 2014 Colour Box Studio Award: participant Chloe Caday. Her series of photos grabbed our attention during the installation process and we thought that her images were captivating, dream-like and evocative. In her photos, Melbourne (somehow) looks like a far away place – the images are reminiscent of a 70s summer holiday (!). It was clear that she wasn’t afraid to experiment with the disposable camera and she even shot directly into the sun with some awesome results! We were really interested to find out how she achieved an overall ‘hazy’ look throughout her roll of film… to find out how she did this and more, read below. She’s one talented and creative 17 year old.
1. How did you find out about the CBSDCP and why did you decide to participate?
I actually found out about the CBSDCP through a blogpost on the Frankie Magazine website, and it just struck my eye immediately! I’ve always been into shooting with film, every time I’d go on holidays or spend a day at the beach or at the city with my family and friends, I’ll always carry one along with me. It just captures this beautiful, frozen moment in a way that I can never achieve digitally. So as soon as I heard about the project, I knew instinctively that I had to be a part of it!
3. How did you achieve the ‘hazy’ look in your images?
I think the beauty of disposable cameras is that they have the ability to capture a frozen motion of time in the purest form. When I use a disposable camera, I like to be quite spontaneous with my shots, but at the same time take into the composition and the narrative you are trying to portray. We’d like to look back at our shots, and have some sort of symbolic meaning as to why we had taken them – whether it’d being significantly emotional; for remembrance of a person, event, scene or object; or to just capture one of those ‘you had to be there’ moments. Film has this ability to capture this pure perception of reality that we can never achieve through our phones or digital cameras, so I think taking into consideration the narrative especially is important. It allows the viewers an insight of the world through your eyes both visually and mentally, and playing around with the angles, composition, lighting and even movement can create that unique aspect into your photographs.
7. Would you like to participate in the project again and if so, do you have any plans for what you would shoot?
CBSDCP Third Edition 2014 – Awards Winners
• People’s Choice: Best Set of Photos Award – Amelia Peterson
• Ruffian Gallery Award for Outstanding Photo – Kel Devoil
• Best Photo Award – Julia Weaver
Judged by Daniel Boetker-Smith, Founder/Director of the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive.
• Best Set of Photos Award – Catherine Mulhall
Judged by Torika Bolatagici, artist & Deakin University Photography Lecturer.
• Colour Box Studio Award – Chloe Caday