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Winners of the Scottish Ballet Alice Photography Competition

March 15, 2011

We can now reveal the winners of our Alice Photography Competition!

Overall winner/Digital Art category winner

Amy Fokinther – Imagination

“The inspiration for this image came from the word ‘imagination’: I have included two prominent characters in the story, The Hatter and the March Hare, and incorporated them within Alice’s face to emphasise that they are all characters in her imagination.”

Photography category winner

Timea Porubszky – Alice
“Alice found herself in wonderland, but this magical world exists only on her own imagination, which is why I used an old style mirror where she can look at herself with curious interest. I would like to show her as a strong, confident character rather than an innocent little girl.”

Facebook favourite (poll taken from 07 March – 13 March, received 280 votes)

Laura McKinnon – Warp

“When I discovered that Scottish Ballet were running an Alice-themed photography competition, I immediately knew that my photograph would need to have sinister undertones. Having read Alice in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking Glass as a child, I distinctly remembered being disturbed by the surreal and disorientating content of the book. My own personal interpretation of the book itself reflected very much a dreamlike, erratic narration, of which led to a degree of panicking my younger self – the sheer random content of the book was unsettling and thought provoking as a child and ultimately influenced my interest in surrealism as I grew older. I suppose, the older I aged, the less enamoured I became with the simplicity and pleasantness of popular fairy tales and I found myself seeking the originality that Carroll had offered up to me.”

Digital Art category finalist

Annette Rubery – You’re Nothing But a Pack of Cards!

“This image didn’t start out as an Alice in Wonderland-themed composition. Having long been interested in surreal self-portraiture, I set myself the challenge of picturing myself ‘levitating’ (an effect achieved by blending multiple images in Photoshop and masking out the object I’m lying on). I knew I wanted flying playing cards somewhere, too, but it wasn’t until I got to the processing stage that the rest fell into place. Something about my position reminded me of Alice falling down the rabbit hole; the pose might look easy but the effort of keeping my limbs elevated was better than a workout!”

Digital Art category finalist

Claire Davidson – Alice

“I am inspired by the idea of Alice falling through the lens of a camera: how the beginnings of photography brought questions about our perception of reality and how Lewis Carol’s stories reflect this. The increasing use of digital manipulation of images brings new questions about our perceived visual reality and I wanted to explore this in my image. My drawings are inspired in part by Victorian naturalist’s illustrations that I imagine Alice would have been familiar with, but with a playful twist- a sense of the creatures forming and morphing in her imagination in a fluid, tumbling, dream-like space.”

Photography category finalist

Agnes Kliczka – Alice

“As a student of Stevenson College Edinburgh I received good education in constructing image which I used trying to fill the brief. My attempt was to visualise an idea of celebration in dream like place. Alice, who is an explorer (I use symbol of binoculars which lay on the ground) is accompanied by two surreal characters (they symbolise opposite forces). I constructed image in which I tried to avoid clichés. My picture is full of details which I have set up carefully, and the most unexpected for viewer is a dog in front door. Camera angle gives unusual perspective. My inspiration comes from fashion photography and allegorical oil paintings.”

Photography category finalist

Ania Mroczkowska – My Alice

“My picture of Alice had been obviously inspired by the magical story by Lewis Carroll especially the part when she enters the world of Queen of Hearts. I used playing cards as a main prop; after many shots where cards weren’t in a right place (my assistant was throwing them) I captured this one where cards created kind of circle – at that moment I knew I have my Alice shot. I wanted this picture to be simple and eye catchy; I hope that I achieved that and after looking at my photograph no one will have a doubt that it is Alice, my Alice…”

Photography category finalist

Jon Davey – Stories Come to Life

“For my competition entry I returned to the originals – Lewis Carroll’s words and John Tenniel’s illustrations. All subsequent interpretations of the story stem from the books Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There first published in the mid nineteenth century and therefore my photograph returned to the source and the magical inspiration the words and pictures have provided for generations over almost 150 years. A selection of characters, with Alice herself in the foreground, are seen springing out of the pages of the book. Alice is lit as if in a theatre spotlight and the open book itself resembles a stage, upon which the story unfolds, while in the background a simple teapot becomes a starlit backdrop. Overall the image has an almost timeless connection to the magic of Lewis Carroll’s stories and the world of the imagination.”

Digital Art finalist

Kerry Calder – Curiouser and Curiouser

“I have always been interested in the story of Alice in Wonderland and the most poignant character for me is the Rabbit, he is the one who attracts Alice’s curiosity and leads her into Wonderland. He is symbolic of innocence and the urgency of time, he is a constant reminder to Alice that she must return home and continue to grow up. The clock represents the fears and struggles of adulthood and that it is inevitable, Alice cannot run away from it. I chose to shoot the image of the Rabbit in a new age and dreamlike approach, incorporating oversized clocks to stress the importance that time has within the story. I also chose to use a female model suggesting that the rabbit could have been an alter-ego of Alice within her dreams. The mask helps to create visuals in a candid manner, confirming the subject matter to the viewer.”

Office favourite!

Sophie and Annie Barber – Barbie does Alice!

“We hope you like our photo! We have made the backgrounds, and used Barbie and Bratz dolls as the dancers. We are always putting on Barbie Ballet Productions so this is a fantastic opportunity!”

The winning entries will feature in:

– The Alice programme

– A private exhibition for friends and sponsors of Scottish Ballet

– A virtual exhibition on Scottish Ballet’s website

The overall winner will also receive two tickets to an Alice performance of their choice and a copy of our book Scottish Ballet: Forty Years, and their image will feature in the Scottish Ballet Alice exhibition, to be displayed in the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh.

View the winners here


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