Scholarship photography exemplars - 2014

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<ul><li><p>1</p><p>NZQANew Zealand Qualifications AuthorityMana Tohu Matauranga O Aotearoa</p><p>Home &gt; Qualifications and standards &gt; Awards &gt; New Zealand Scholarship &gt; Scholarship subjects &gt; Visual Arts &gt;Photography exemplars - 2014</p><p>Scholarship photography exemplars - 2014Show: All Scholarship resources</p><p>Outstanding Scholarship(click icon images to see a large version in a new window)</p><p>Panel 1 (JPG,816KB)</p><p>Panel 2 (JPG,804KB)</p><p>Panel 3 (JPG,758KB)</p><p>Entire Folio (JPG, 2.3MB)</p><p>Sample Workbook pages</p><p>Sample page 1(JPG, 3.4MB)</p><p>Sample page 2(JPG, 2.7MB)</p><p>Sample page 3(JPG, 2.7MB)</p><p>Sample page 4(JPG, 2.8MB)</p><p>Sample page 5(JPG, 3MB)</p><p>Sample page 6(JPG, 3.1MB)</p><p></p></li><li><p>2</p><p>Sample page 7(JPG, 2.9MB)</p><p>Sample page 8(JPG, 2.6MB)</p><p>This Outstanding Scholarship Photography submission presented an innovative and original approach tothe discipline whilst maintaining control over pictorial concerns and image making. From the outset, thecandidate takes strong ownership of the enquiry exploring social and political ideas related to notions ofplace, identity and history. The proposition is focused on the candidate's own Maori descendance (NgaiTuhoe) and is both a personal and articulate response to her experience of what it means to be Tuhoe.This is explored in context of iwi land, Te Urewera and contemporary relationships and understandingbetween the people and the land.</p><p>The folio is positioned as a revealing of story through documentary modes of practice. The enquiryacknowledges a collaborative philosophy through the integration of photographic media and materialprocesses reinforcing the intent to describe the different relations between the land and the peopleand how it is that they are co-evolving. The work is executed in three phases across the 3 folio boards,which are interlinked and traverse various approaches of picture making, documentary, constructed andsculptural. These approaches evidence an astute understanding of how to communicate a sense of theexperiential and to make images that open up dialogue and offer ways in for the viewer to understandcontext and the significance of these relationships.</p><p>The experimental use of various photographic genre and conventions underpins the conceptual andlateral tactics taken throughout the enquiry. Many devices have been employed to amplify aspects ininteresting and unexpected ways, eg. the use of colour as a signifier, the choice of lighting situations(interior forest vs. documentary of the event), application of scale (close-up, distance, viewpoint),the use of cutouts, blocking and silhouette. Material aspects mimic the subject, the occasion or thedriving concept, eg. thought-provoking links are made between the smoke on board 1, documentaryphotographs of the Powhiri for the Tuhoe Headquarters opening event, followed on board 2 by theuse of the whakatauki, As man disappears from sight, the land remains, which is represented by theotherworldly light saturated hazy forest scenes. The colour manipulation and use of coloured pigmentin the generation of imagery is intelligently managed and effectively communicates the significance ofthese abstract concepts.</p><p>This is a sophisticated and honest endeavour. The treatment of media as a means to construct imagefor photographic outputs is inventive and lateral and supports the conceptual. As a Scholarship entry,the folio and workbook together present a truly profound expose and story.</p><p>Scholarship(click icon images to see a large version in a new window)</p><p></p></li><li><p>3</p><p>Panel 1 (JPG,710KB)</p><p>Panel 2 (JPG,728KB)</p><p>Panel 3 (JPG,844KB)</p><p>Entire Folio (JPG, 2.2MB)</p><p>Sample Workbook pages</p><p>Sample page 1(JPG, 2.9MB)</p><p>Sample page 2(JPG, 3.6MB)</p><p>Sample page 3(JPG, 2.7MB)</p><p>Sample page 4(JPG, 2.7MB)</p><p>Sample page 5(JPG, 2.7MB)</p><p>Sample page 6(JPG, 2.4MB)</p><p>Sample page 7(JPG, 2.4MB)</p><p>Sample page 8(JPG, 2.7MB)</p><p>This Scholarship Photography submission takes a simple premise as its primary focus, the relationshipbetween natural and manmade elements. The candidate chose to represent the natural and themanmade through two key signifying elements; clouds as a soft amorphous natural form andarchitecture as a hard-edged manmade form. The subject matter selected to engage this dialogue was</p><p></p></li><li><p>4</p><p>a semi-derelict carpark, which presented a real site that offered the potential for these two elements toco-exist naturally and with artistic intervention.</p><p>From this point on, the candidate complicates their enquiry in interesting and visually compelling ways byintroducing a range of photographic strategies and conventionsand by being open to the possibilitiesof external influences and occurrences (weather and erosion) in relation to their chosen site and subjectmatter. A formal conceptual exploration of the site was instigated that operated through a series ofspatial photographic investigations.</p><p>The workbook methodically documents the visual research the candidate undertook. The approachis thorough and systematically traverses a range of relevant and lateral artistic reference. Naturalphenomena such as lightness and darkness, shadow and sunlight alongside architectural notions ofpositive and negative space effectively contribute to the conversation about the formal. Devices suchas illusion, perspective, reflection and mirroring are introduced as ways to increase the dynamic natureof the site and imageand to perhaps raise questions in the mind of the viewer as to what they areactually seeing.</p><p>The pictorial potential of the site was fully engaged with through constant renegotiations of the pictureplane and compositional play. The use of trompe de l'oeil as both device and concept productively drovethis investigation and kept offering new options and ways forward. The inclusion of the mirror and thesky image into the site presented good openings for some inventive experimental phases leading intothe more ambitious final photographic site installation works on board 3.</p><p>Another successful aspect of the work was the consistent approach taken throughout the enquiry.Technically, the candidate applied excellent management of photographic conventions with installationprocesses to make a series of photographs that effectively operated in the space between the real andthe constructed.</p><p>Copyright New Zealand Qualifications Authority</p></li></ul>


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