The hidden landscapes where our food is produced

Self seeded willows press against Polyethylene in the early morning light. © Marco Kesseler, Polytunnel Marco Kesseler explores the relationship between chaos and control in the natural environment Many people have seen polytunnels, but few have witnessed the vast manmade landscapes that are engineered within their polythene walls. In a new series shot across the UK –  entitled Polytunnel– Marco Kesseler ventures inside these structures …

OpenWalls 2020 is now open for entries

© Torsten Scheel, OpenWalls 2019 shortlist This year, we are inviting photographers to respond to the theme ‘Growth’ This year marks the second edition of OpenWalls, an international award aimed at creating opportunities for photographers to exhibit their work around the globe. Continuing from the success of our inaugural edition, this year’s OpenWalls exhibition will also be held in Arles to coincide with Les Rencontres d’Arles …

Home & Away from three perspectives

A Whole Skinny Chicken © Louise Hagger, from the series A Carp in the Tub, OpenWalls 2019 finalist Food, religion and abandoned buildings. Our finalist photographers have been chosen for their nuanced interpretation of the theme For the inaugural edition of OpenWalls, we asked photographers to respond to the theme Home & Away. From the thousands of entries, 50 shortlisted images and 3 finalist photographers …

The shortlist has been announced

50 shortlisted images, and three finalist photographers, have now been revealed for OpenWalls 2019 Last year marked the first call for photographers to apply for OpenWalls, an international award series that creates opportunities for emerging and established photographers to exhibit their work in prestigious locations around the globe. Naturally, the first OpenWalls stop is Arles, where, for a month each year, the leading names in …

Meet this month’s OpenWalls Editor’s Pick photographer, Gustavo Tavares

© Gustavo Tavares

Gustavo’s photograph is of the small airport in Pyramiden, an abandoned soviet coal mining city in the Svalbard archipelago, Norway Gustavo Tavares has spent many years exploring the arctic, photographing the landscapes as a way to understand the climate’s harshness, and the relationship between man and nature. For Gustavo, the arctic embodies a fractured sense of home. It is not where he lives, but where …

How does sense of place impact your work?

In light of OpenWalls, a new award calling for photographers to respond to the theme ‘Home & Away’, we take a look at different interpretations of the theme For our very first OpenWalls award, we are inviting both emerging and established photographers, from all over the world, to submit work responding to the theme ‘Home & Away’. Up to 50 photographers will then be selected …

Christopher Bethell on his complex relationship to home

Meet one of our featured photographers, Christopher Bethell, who explores his identity through his work Christopher Bethell’s work comes from a desire to explore his identity, making his personal reflections universal. His complex relationship to home comes from his dual American and British citizenship. Despite never having visited America, he has always thought of it as a home, and so embarked on his major MA …

Brandon Dare explains why home is at the heart of all his work

Meet one of our featured photographers, Brandon Dare, whose work explores the unique emotions conjured by home Brandon Dare is currently preparing to enter his final undergraduate year at the University of South Wales, where he studies documentary photography, and he will soon be embarking on his first photography project away from home. Brandon’s previous work has always explored the emotional connections of home, first …

Alexander Mourant on creating work in unfamiliar surroundings

Meet one of our featured photographers, Alexander Mourant, whose work challenges the friction between our interior and exterior worlds Raised on the Channel Island of Jersey, Alexander Mourant has always been influenced by his surroundings, and seeks out projects far from home. Drawing inspiration from the notion of pilgrimage to and from sites, he attempts to exemplify the connection between experience and place. Mourant’s early …

Meet our first OpenWalls Editor’s Pick photographer, Francesca Pompei

Francesca Pompei’s photograph depicts her father in Rome, her hometown, on a visit to one of their favourite spots Rome-based photographer Francesca Pompei is our first OpenWalls Editor’s Pick photographer, having been selected by our online editor Diane Smyth as one of this month’s best entries, and voted for on social media by our readers. Her work is focused on art and architecture, and she …