1st Place winner
DESCRIPTIONIn a sinkhole below the city, a woman desperately searches for her sister—her guide begs her to turn back—while a monster waits in the darkness.
The image suggests the main female subject has descended from ‘above the surface' into a sinkhole and her pureness does not belong in this space. The image shows a contrast between an 'angelic' outsider and the dark horrors that lurk underground in these subterranean depths.
This shot aims to evoke feelings of claustrophobia and suffocation as a representation of mental illness and the fight or struggles one feels against negative thoughts or emotions.
Our subject looks up towards the camera as a shaft of light illuminates her face, as if, there is a crack in the cave and a small amount of sunlight or 'hope' is streaming down upon her. Her body and feet disappear down into the darkness as if there is no way out. The dancers create shapes around her, creating an invisible ‘monster’ that is swallowing her.
The photo was shot from a ladder, looking down on the four subjects shot individually and then manipulated in Photoshop together with Davey Simmons.
Shot on a Canon EOS R5 with a Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III lens.
Shot for a theatre show by the same name 'Monsters' at Malthouse Theatre and Stephanie Lake Company in Melbourne, Australia.
AUTHORTamarah is a photographer who works in the Melbourne Art Scene. Tamarah only started photography only 4 years ago and has no professional training. Working primary in creative industries with artists who want to let their imagination be captured in a single shot.