FotoFilmic is excited to conclude its first SOLO EXHIBITION AWARD series now taking place every fall by announcing the final SOLO IV Winner and Runners-Up juried by fame contemporary photography duo ALEX WEBB & REBECCA NORRIS WEBB! Talented photographers from no less than 19 different countries responded to this fourth call challenging the jurors Alex and Rebecca with the complex task of delving into a full-fledged, global picture of film and analogue practices today. After 3 weeks of intensive deliberations Alex and Rebecca chose to reward the following photographers:
WINNER & EXHIBITOR: RYOTA KAJITA
Congratulations to Japanese-Alaskan photographer Ryota Kajita on impressing the expert eyes of Alex and Rebecca with his longterm ongoing series ‘Ice Formation’! We excitingly look forward to presenting Ryota’s stunning work immortalizing one of the Great White North’s most ephemeral natural wonders with remarkable aesthetic finesse this Spring in Vancouver, BC, Canada, April 21-May 20 at PULP on Bowen Island. Ryota will get the chance to meet the jurors in person at the May 20 closing reception as they conduct their FotoFilmic workshop ‘Finding Your Vision’ on the island that weekend.
JURORS FOREWORD: Below are a few words of feedback from Jurors Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on their choosing of the work of Ryota to win FotoFilmic’s fourth SOLO Exhibition Award:
“We’re most drawn to photographs that take us somewhere we’ve never been before. Sometimes it’s largely due to a unique subject matter; other times, it’s thanks to a particular way of seeing. More often than not, it’s a mix of the two.
In looking at Ryota Kajita’s photographs, we were initially struck by their minimalistic beauty. There is an otherworldly quality to these mysterious crystalline forms. Are they images from outer space? Or perhaps they’re macro photographs of cellular structures? Knowing that they’re natural ice formations from the lakes, ponds, and rivers of Alaska, only makes them all the more intriguing. Ultimately, the Japanese-Alaskan Kajita’s work suggests the uneasy beauty of the Far North—as transient as it is fragile—like our vulnerable planet in a time of global warming.”
— Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb
FOTOFILMIC FILM TALKS Interview #34: Read our interview (published April 7, 2018) with Ryota discussing many aspects of his analogue photographic practice, as well as influences and ultimate goals as a contemporary Alaskan-Japanese photographer.