I’m so excited to share with you all that my newest image, ‘Memories of a Ghost’, has been shortlisted for the Milburn Art Prize!
The Milburn Art Prize is an annual exhibition open to artists of the South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales regions, which includes a prize awarded to a 2D work (painting, drawing, photography etc). The exhibition encourages both amateur and professional artists to participate, in the aims of discovering new artists, and also showcasing already established ones.
When I applied online, I wasn’t really sure if something like my photographic work would be accepted, but I figured it was worth a shot! So when I received the email to say my image had been shortlisted for the prize, I was pretty excited – I mean, to be in the running to win the Milburn Art prize is very flattering, however I’m just thrilled to be participating in a new group exhibition with a new crowd!
I took this photo whilst on holiday with my partner in northern NSW, and when we found this tree, I fell in love and just had to photograph it. Evans head is a wonderful, small costal town, with pretty beaches and a lovely community, but my partner and I did notice when walking along the river, a lot of memorial plaques for locals who had passed away. I am sure there’s an explanation as to why there were over 10 plaques for different people who passed away at different times, pinned to the side of the rocks along the river; perhaps their ashes were scattered there, or maybe there were fishing accidents, or it even could be that they liked that spot and spent a lot of time there when they were alive. Whatever the reason, whatever the answers to our questions were, I felt maybe the tree knew – being so old, it would have seen a lot of things in it’s lifetime, and knew all the secrets to the river. Adding the ghostly affect to the scene whilst photographing it enhanced how I felt about the tree, it’s surroundings, and the possible truths and stories of Evans Head.
The opening night for the Milburn Art Prize exhibition takes place Friday 1st of May 2015 at the Brisbane Institute of Art in Windsor – please feel free to come along and check out the other finalists, and support some local artists!
Have a lovely week, readers!
Love, Pheebs xx