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Posted 27.11.14

Photography grad Shelley Belboda shortlisted for South West Graduate Photography Prize

By Sarah Packer

Untitled from 'Dead Girl Walking' series © Shelley Belboda

BA (Hons) Photography graduate Shelley Belboda was shortlisted as one of seven finalists for the South West Graduate Photography Prize. 

Fotonow CIC established the South West Graduate Photography Prize in 2010 in order to showcase photographic work emerging from the region to a national audience. 

The prize, now in its fifth year, selected Shelley's photographs from her series 'Dead Girl Walking' to go on display at The Old Truman Brewery up in London earlier this month. 

Shelley's work on display at the exhibition in London

The project explores the industrial archaeological heritage of her homeland Tamar Valley. The photographs depict desolate, hauntingly beautiful landscapes, they are a stark reminder of the historical backdrop of the area as an industrial site and her fascination with the landscape as a means of articulating the fragility of human existence.

Her personal connection to the land and its effects is documented throughout this extensive series, which combines landscapes with portraits of cancer survivors and people who live in the area. 

You can see more of Shelley's work here

– Read our interview with the directors of Fotonow about The South West Graduate Photography Prize

– Find out more about our BA (Hons) Photography programme

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