'Ellie' by Aishah Kenton has been selected as a finalist in the 2017 Maggie Diaz Prize for women photographers. The exhibition of finalists will be on show at Bright Space Gallery in Melbourne from 1-17 September. The $5000 cash prize aims to attract a wide range of photographers working only with available light. In 2017 the gallery received 318 entries, with 51 finalists selected for exhibition.
This is the first competition Aishah has ever entered, so quite a coup for this young, up and coming photographer, who is currently in her second year studying Photomedia at the School of Art at the Australian National University in Canberra.
This photograph is part of Aishah's series Inside/Outside, which is currently on show in the Solo Gallery at The Photography Room until 24 September. This is Aishah's first solo exhibition.
My practice is set firmly in the tradition of personal documentary photography. The subjects of my photographs include my family, friends, as well as strangers who I see (and sometimes meet) in public places.
I primarily work with black and white 35mm and medium format film. Working with analogue allows me to explore the inherent nature of film and its granular structure at the same time I explore my photographic subjects. This series of photographs was made earlier this year for my medium format film photography class at The School of Art at the ANU. I am currently in my second year of a Ba of Visual Arts in Photomedia.
The people in these photographs are close to me and they collaborated with me to produce this series of photographs Inside/Outside, where I photographed each person from inside their home looking out and then from outside their home looking in. I’m interested in spaces where intimacy in photographs can be found, and I am currently exploring everyday, personal situations that we are all familiar with, as locations in which to make my photographs.
- Aishah Kenton