Wolverhampton School of Art

Photography graduate scoops Young Talent runner-up prize

2016 photography graduate, Bradley Pearce has come runner-up in Burn magazine’s Young Talent Awards, in association with Fujifilm.

Bradley is a fine art photographer who specializes in self-portrait work that is based on themes of identity and representation. Using studio photography and post production Pearce creates scenes and photo-montages that reflect narratives focused on the self and the perception of the self.

His latest piece, The Photographer Who Couldn’t, secured his runners-up spot and a Fujifilm camera! The piece presents himself as the titular photographer and through a mixture of appropriation, studio photography and photo montage Pearce attempts to come to terms with his identity and overcome his photographers block.

This photographer’s block has been caused by his father who was a professional football player; Pearce did not follow in his father’s footsteps, instead choosing to become a photographer meaning that he did not succumb to the pressure placed on him from both family and society.

By placing his own images, text and appropriated pieces into a Panini book and slides respectively Pearce reflects the relatable burden placed onto our shoulders by both family and society. The theme of phototherapy is present in this work and Pearce uses the camera as a means of healing.

The photo essay can be seen here >>

Since graduating Bradley has been working as an event photographer and studio assistant in Prague.

Course leader, Peter Day, said: "Bradley has been a great ambassador for the photography programme both as a student and photographer. He has worked both on internal and external projects for clients such as the Birmingham Jazz Festival, Wolverhampton Art Gallery and in helping to curate the Peter Dench exhibition at the University."

More about studying BA (Hons) Photography.

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