OUR Local History columnist (and accomplished photographer) Bob Edwards is the overall winner of the Liverpool Pride LOOK photography competition.
The contest sought images that represented this year’s Pride theme of Liverpool Icons and an exhibition of the winning photographs opens at Liverpool ONE tomorrow (23 July). The exhibition sets the scene for Liverpool’s LGBT festival and aims to demonstrate the tolerance, community and services that the city enjoys. Entries included family shots, march images and, as you would expect, some incredible costumes.
Bob’s Pride of Pride image entitled Pride Selfie was taken at the 2014 festival and this is what professional photographer and judge Michael James O’Brien had to say about it:
“This image is both simple and complex: at once a ‘portrait’ and ‘portrait of a portrait’. Strengthened by two iconic elements: historic architecture and a Pride reveller, the ratio of building-to-figure gives a sense of place and empowerment. The graphic juxtaposition of the building’s rigid lines and colour, against the florid lines of the participant intensify this feeling. The invitation to imagine her snapshot makes this image more interesting. She is not posing for the photographer’s camera, but only her own, giving added pride to this moment”.
A rather pleased Bob said: “I have been photographing events across the city for a number of years now and started taking photographs of Pride when it began and each subsequent year. I saw the invitation from LOOK to submit photographs for the International photography award and submitted several of my favourite images.
“I was absolutely thrilled that my ‘Pride Selfie’ image was chosen but even more so as the guest judge, Michael James O’Brien, was the one who chose my image. Michael is an iconic photographer and I feel honoured to have one of my images chosen and critiqued by him.”
Well done Bob!
You can view a selection of the photos here