5 years into existence FotoFilmic is excited to launch a new ambitious SOLO EXHIBITION AWARDS series of juried international calls and publications for emerging and mid’ career film and analogue photographers ready to break new ground and take their most accomplished work to contemporary photography industry’s public eye! Each SOLO Call for Entries is juried by a different influential figure in the field giving some of today’s most renowned photographers the opportunity to directly mentor the next generation of photographic artists working on film and analogically!
The first SOLO EXHIBITION AWARD was juried in September by beloved San Francisco photographer Todd Hido! Juror Todd Hido spent a week delving into the many applications received from 10 countries (USA, Canada, China, UK, Germany, Iceland, Australia, Lithuania, Sweden & Belgium) in search for the highest caliber undiscovered body of work able to touch him both emotionally and intellectually while connecting with his own insatiable quest for powerful photographic narratives rooted in atmospheric aesthetics and cinematic wander.
We’re thrilled to present here as a result the work of SOLO Winner and Los Angeles photographer Jill Beth Hannes to be exhibited Saturday 14-December 3, 2017 at the FotoFilmic//PULP Gallery in Vancouver, BC (Bowen Island)! We’re equally proud to introduce along SOLO Runners-Up Kristen Bartley & wet plate photographer Jacqueline Roberts whose respective works also deeply resonated with Todd Hido!
SOLO EXHIBITION: WINNER & EXHIBITOR, JILL BETH HANNES
OCTOBER 14- DEC 3, 2017
BOWEN ISLAND, BC, CANADA
Todd Hido: foreword on the work of Jill Beth Hannes
“When I first came across Jill Beth Hannes’s image of the two blond women looking quite identical, interacting with one another in a way that is unspecified, it is one of those moments of photography that anyone would have been lucky to shepherd into the world. I very rarely care about what people have to say about their work, and judge their images solely on my impression of the photograph. Without any of the language or background the artist has to give. However, after choosing this work based on the fact that it looks fantastic, I am delighted to see that some of the themes that I was getting from Miss. Hannes work were actually what she was intending on sharing.
Apparently, Miss. Hannes made this work once she became sober and I bring this up because I love it when photographs do more than look good. I love it when they serve a purpose, in exploring or reflecting upon a point in the artists life where they may have been vulnerable. The feeling of isolation, confusion, and longing are things that I saw in this work the moment I looked at it. Those go along with a very important sentence that Miss Hannes states about this moment in her life, she says “It’s like life on pause for just a moment, before beginning anew.” In a curious way that makes each and every one of these images a purposeful creation. Not every image in the world that’s good has to be that way, however when you add that extra layer of meaning to it, it really seems to make them rise up.”
– Todd Hido
Read FILM TALKS Interview #31: learn more about Jill’s photographic practice and how juror Todd Hido influences her work by reading our latest interview with her!