2013 Marrickville Urban Photography Competition
The Marrickville Urban Photography Competition ran for its third consecutive year in 2013, with photographers of all ages and abilities encouraged to engage with the Marrickville urban landscape.
Images must in some way feature, reference or comment on the older attributes of our built environment (pre 1960). The municipality is full of uniquely interesting places, spaces, and details which may evoke strong emotive responses. The competition specifically seeks a contemporary perspective on the layers of urban fabric around us.
The judging panel may include two or more of the following judges: a photographic teacher or curator, Council's Cultural or Heritage Advisor, a member of the Marrickville Heritage Society, a commercial photographer or head of photography and/or a Marrickville Councillor.
The 2013 judges were Professor Dr. Dirk Spennemann, Discipline Head of Cultural Heritage Studies, School of Environmental Sciences, Charles Sturt University and Caroline McLeod, Acting Manager Culture and Recreation Services, Marrickville Council.
Winners and judges comments are included below:
Winner of the 2013 Marrickville Urban Photography Competition: Jenna Hore, Tunnel Vision
"All of Jenna's images stand out by being well conceptualised. Their strong framing forces the viewer to become part of a world that SHE sees. 'Tunnel Vision' is very evocative of urban realities at the start of the twentieth century. Former municipal achievements, such as pedestrian tunnels, have become places of desolation during the day and discomfort, even fear, at night. Her choice of dropping out almost all colour bar the solitary individual creates strong sense of loneliness and alienation, of dark and cold, seemingly without end, a tunnel vision leading to a bleak future."
Highly commended: Deborah Kent, Sawtooth Roof
"This image sets up a strong dissonance between its oversaturated colours and the dystopian sky, between a busy poster-covered wall and the empty road, strongly defined by the white double line. The viewer is arrested by the horizontal components and the man running away. Him just about to cross that line is a very nice touch. Only with another, deeper look one notes second man, blending into the background, seemingly hesitant whether to follow the runner or not."
Highly commended: Carolyn Murphy, I am human and I need to be loved
"Carolyn's photograph captures the urban reality of a community in transition. Run-down buildings of light industry, crying out for maintenance and repair or just to be used. This desolation is accentuated by the muted colours, the lack of traffic of any kind, and by the sparse, yet poignant graffiti."
Commended: Julie Gabriel, Evening, Marrickville Road
"A good image of an urban palimpsest."