Jill Todd Photographic Award 2013 (3 stars)

The selected works carefully and imaginatively handle the theme of home

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Jill Todd Photographic Award 2013

Photo: Felix Davey

The Jill Todd Photographic Award was set up in memory of the talented young photographer Jill Todd, who trained at Edinburgh Napier University and was at the start of a promising career when she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, and died shortly afterwards. The award is dedicated to photographers who have recently graduated from Scottish institutions.

For this year’s exhibition, artists were selected according to their response to the theme of home. James Dixon uses photography to re-investigate the familiar spaces of his home, seeing them afresh through the intervention of an 8”x10” field camera and transparent film. Felix Davey uses photography to investigate a family he met in a chance encounter in Rome. His resulting images are beautiful and poetic, capturing moments of intimacy between Davey and his subjects, unknown to him before the project began. Theresa Moerman Ib turns the theme on its head, concentrating on the absence of home by capturing broken, fragmented associations through the transitory and impermanent medium of a smartphone camera.

The sensitivity of the selected works, which carefully and imaginatively handle the theme, contributes further poignancy to an already emotionally loaded award.

Street Level Photoworks, until Sun 2 Feb 2014.

The Jill Todd Photographic Award

Showcase of finalists in the inaugural competition to find Scotland's best student and graduate photographers.

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