The AOP Open is run by the Association of Photographers and is the only competition where professionals and amateurs compete on equal terms. There are no categories or themes in this competition so the choice of work submitted is entirely up to the photographer. The competition has been running for 12 years and each year it attracts approximately 1500 entries from around the world.
Out of 1500 images 60 were chosen for the exhibition.
We have to transport a large horse along the waterway on a boat, and when we come to the end of the waterway, we disembark.
There’s a turnstile to get through and steep concrete steps down to the road. Across the road is a field where the horse will live. We wonder how we will get the horse through the turnstile, let alone down the steep steps.
Then I remember that we don’t need to try and get the horse through the turnstile at all, as next to it is a narrow chalky path cutting down the embankment to the road. Problem solved.
Having realised this, we turn around to fetch the horse only to see that he has shrunk to the size of a dog. We can now simply carry him down in our arms. We look at him and wonder what his name might be. We all agree at once that his name must be Sebastian. We laugh.
We put him on a coffee table and give him a drink of water. As he drinks he becomes invisible; only a watery outline remains and this we can only see at certain angles.
existing on the threshold between two states of being
A group show bringing together the work of four artists who share a bold and uncompromising attitude to life. To be alive means passing through a series of transitions; from conception to extinction nothing is ever static.
Embracing these transient states and refusing the safe haven of certainty allows each to be fully immersed in the sea of all possibilities; free to explore these inner changes without pre‐conceived outcomes.
As a visual kleptomaniac, Paula keeps and hoards personal and collected images recreating them through the act of translation.
Since a painted scene can never be the absolute translation, it is the loss between the act of looking and that of painting which Paula is interested in. Narratives and associations start to develop revealing the struggle between memory and forgetting.
Shrugging off the mannered cloak of self‐ awareness, Gaynor delves into the visual world echoed in the dreaming mind. She treads a path where the impossibility of dreams remains possible and summons forth the emotional truth hidden in plain view.
Invoking these dream characters through various mediums, Gaynor aims to capture the fleeting moments between perception and imagination.
Starting from the premiss that we mostly exist in two places at any one time, where conscious thought is only ever an observer of our actions, Stan looks behind the mind's constant babble to explore the inner drivers of this will and desire. Recognising the changing nature of this unspeaking underlying animal self.
Deborah wields a confrontational politic and exhilarating sense of fun and transgression. This informs her current sculptural, installation and image based artwork, exploring the relationship between the simultaneous banality and violence of all that is beautiful and the poetic gravity of all that is ugly.