Subiaco Photographic Awards winner seeks out extraordinary in the ordinary

Mark Brierley took out first place at the Subiaco Photographic Awards. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d476504
Mark Brierley took out first place at the Subiaco Photographic Awards. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d476504

SUBIACO’S 2017 photographic award winner seeks to find the extraordinary in the ordinary.

Mark Brierley said he likes to show just how beautiful the world can be.

“I get inspired by anything, be it art, music, other photographers and books,” he said.

“I’m inspired by colour and shape mostly.”

Mark Brierley’s photo, Nihility.

The photographer said his overall winning image, Nihility, is an expression of nothingness, void of detail to invoke a calming experience.

“It will make the viewer question what they’re looking at and let them interpret for themselves their own personal meaning,” he said.

Mr Brierley has been taking photos for the past 10 years, and has been a finalist in the competition multiple times.

“The Subiaco competition is fantastic for promoting photography and a great way to get younger generations involved with the youth and kids categories,” he said.

“My photography is an expression of who I am and what emotions I may be going through at the time, it’s how I see the world and no one sees the world the way I do.

“I simply wouldn’t have it any other way.”

There were 230 entries across three categories in this year’s City of Subiaco Photographic Awards, with Juliet Magee taking out the Mobile category with Another Wet Day In Melbourne, Kale Bisset’s Load ‘er up victorious in the Open category, and Natalie Blom’s The Regal winning the Subiaco category.

Rose Fairey (10) took out the top kids’ prize with A Fairy’s Work Is Never Done and Jubilee Chan (16) won the Youth section with He Walks In Beauty.

Subiaco mayor Penny Taylor said she was impressed by the creativity of the entrants.

“The works on display are amazing,” she said.

“If you stop and look carefully at each image, you’ll see that it tells its own story.”

The finalists’ photographs are on display at Subiaco Library until Sunday, November 26.

To find out more about Mr Brierley and his work, head to markbrierleyphotography.com.

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