Footscray to be pictured as the envy of the west
This year, West Envy is the guiding theme. What does Footscray have that other places don’t? The list is endless – an appreciation that isn’t lost on local photographer Jody Haines. Haines will be joining Director of the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Adam Harding, to select the winning works. Having lived here for many years, she has a first-hand understanding of Footscray.
“There is a rawness, a lack of pretension to Footscray that I really love. What you see is what you get.”
With a coveted first prize of $3000 cash, Haines hints at the kind of photographs she’ll be considering for the top prize.
“What I look for is evidence of a true connection happening… That there is an engagement between the person operating the camera and the subject on the other side (be that a person or object for a scene).”
Winner of the 2018 Picturing Footscray First Prize, Nathan Stolz, also has some words of wisdom for this year’s photographers:
“Don’t play it safe – back yourself and enter what speaks to you. Chances are, it will speak to others too.”
Photography has a special way of sparking curiosity, connecting people and, as Haines reflects, can enable “ 'seeing' a sense of empathy with what lays within the frame”. Picturing Footscray is an extension of this, with hundreds of perspectives presented side by side without bias towards format or experience.
Entry is free, with all photographs exhibited in a major salon-style exhibition held at VU at MetroWest in May and June.
To find out more and enter a photograph, visit www.vu.edu.au/picturing-footscray.
Entries close at 5pm on Wednesday 1 May.