Photography is always such a inspiration for me, the way something is photographed has an instant emotional effect on us. The International Photography awards winners and finalist have produced some amazing work. Over the next few weeks I will be serialising some of my favourites.
First up is Dean West from Canada, this photographs have another worldliness about them - the colours are dark and dramatic with shots of glorious colour running through them, an ideal piece of inspiration for a luxury interior design scheme.
Entry Title: " Fabricate"
Name: Dean West, Canada
Category: Professional, Collage
Entry Description: A contemporary appropriation of Greek & Roman mythology
About the Artist:
Being referred to as 'one of the worlds best emerging photographers' (AFTER CAPTURE MAGAZINE), Dean's style of contemporary portraiture is highly conceptual and thought provoking imagery, a body of work which can be seen among the pages of your favorite magazine to the art gallery wall. Born in a small town of rural Australia in 1983, Dean’s love for photography began in the high school darkroom before continuing his study at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. In Dean’s graduating year, he claimed Gold and Silver distinctions along with the runner up award for prints in the annual Australian Professional Photographers association awards. Graduating with a Bachelor of Photography with majors in visual culture and advertising, Dean later formed a partnership with another photographer, which won nation wide acclaim as a high-end photography and post-production studio called, Berg+West. West, a native of Australia, has spent the past 3 years travelling the globe exhibiting at the world’s most prestigious art fairs. Included in Saatchi & Saatchi’s collection of the world’s top 100 emerging photographers at Cannes, and winner of the IV International Arte Laguna Prize in Venice, Italy. West's images, designed with the intention of arousing intense curiosity-champion the medium. While this is a case of a picture being worth a thousand words, Dean points out that the multilayered images allow viewers to analyze the process of digital photography itself, which incorporates surrealist collaged objects and perfectly manicured poised models caught in mid-air.