BA (Hons) Photography and Pre-Degree graduate Nicholas White has been shortlisted for the Zeiss Photography Award 2017 ‘Seeing Beyond – Meaningful Places’.
Nicholas' ‘Black Dots’ series will be on display at Somerset House, the renowned arts and cultural centre in London, as part of the World Photography Organisation’s annual exhibition, the ‘Sony World Photography Awards & Martin Parr’ at Somerset House from 21 April – 7 May.
The participants in this year’s competition had the opportunity to present their works for the motto “Meaningful Places” to a jury of experts from the photo industry, with more than 30,000 images submitted by 4,677 photographers from around 130 countries.
“Most creatives will understand when I say that you become emotionally attached to the work you’re creating, especially when you’ve lived with it for such a long period of time." — Nicholas White
Claire Richardson, picture editor at Lonely Planet, Sarah Toplis from the online art dealer The Space, and photographer Jürgen Schadeberg Dr. (h.c.) viewed and ranked the submissions. Nicholas is one of eight photographers who were selected for the award out of over 4,677 photographers.
From the rugged coastal hideaways of Cape Wrath to the snowy munros of The Cairngorm Mountains, Nicholas' series ‘Black Dots’ is a two-year-long study of bothies and the temporary inhabitants they attract, all shot on large format 5x4, capturing incredible detail and colour.
It’s Nicholas' hope that the work will generate a wider dialogue celebrating the relationship between man and wilderness in the 21st century.
“Black Dots is a project I’ve been working on for the past three years. As with any body of work, the endless process of researching, creating, reviewing and repeating pretty much consumed my life,” said Nicholas. “Most creatives will understand when I say that you become emotionally attached to the work you’re creating, especially when you’ve lived with it for such a long period of time.
“I try not to focus my attention on any anxieties relating to whether people will like the images I’m making or not, but those worries are always there!
“Receiving the news that I’d been included in the shortlist for the ZEISS Photography Award 2017 was incredible – I had just landed in Bangkok when the email came through and it was a very welcome distraction from the jet-lag!
“ZEISS received over 30,000 images for the competition and so for Black Dots to be in the final shortlist is an amazing feeling.”
Nicholas’ other awards include; Shortlisted, Landscape Photographer of the Year, 2016 / Finalist, Royal Photographic Society International Print Show 159, 2016 / Commended, Landscape Photographer of the Year, 2015 / Night Contact Open Submissions, Brighton Photo Biennial, Contact Editions, 2014 /Magnum Professional Practice, Magnum Photos & Ideas Tap, Birmingham, 2014 / Magnum Professional Practice, Magnum Photos & Ideas Tap, London, 2014 / South West Graduate Photography Prize winner, FotoNow CIC, 2013 / Peaches & Cream III finalist, Millennium Images, 2013 / Magnum Photos Showcase, Magnum & Ideas Tap, 2013 / Best in Show, Plymouth College of Art, 2013.
Nicholas studied on Plymouth College of Art's A-Level equivalent Extended Diploma and BA (Hons) Photography programmes. He has also exhibited widely across the UK and is supported by Rab Equipment & ViewRanger, most recently Rab filmed a documentary following Nicholas’ work on the Black Dots project, which you can watch below.
See more of Nicholas’ work on his website at www.nicholasjrwhite.co.uk
And follow him on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @nicholasjrwhite
See the full shortlist for the Zeiss Photography Award 2017 here.