Photographer ‘elated’ at winning place in international exhibition
An image by a Bermudian photographer was one of 30 single entries that won a place in a major international touring exhibition.
Brangman, by Meredith Andrews, was selected for Portrait of Humanity, a worldwide competition run by 1854 Media and the British Journal of Photography.
It is one of two images by the photographer that will be included in a book of shortlisted entries.
Ms Andrews said she was “elated”.
She explained: “With a lot of these things, it’s sometimes about the person’s celebrity or maybe the photographer’s celebrity or the photographer’s big lighting.
“Not to say that you can’t have big lighting to do all this but it’s a kind of nice competition because it’s quite honest, even though they’re intentionally shot portraits.
“I respect it a lot, so to have been chosen is just wonderful.”
Ms Andrews added: “What I do would be nothing if the people didn’t trust me to take their image."
The winning portrait was of Eugene Brangman, a former teacher, taken outside his Somerset home last May.
A caption on the 1854 website said: “Mr Brangman uses the side of his home as a public message board where he shares his opinion on everything from obesity to Donald Trump.”
Ms Andrews said: “My sister used to live on West Side Road so for years I’ve been driving past his house and his garden.
“His garden is really impressive, he has this little space and he’s got a full-on farm in there and obviously all the stuff he writes on the walls, which is sometimes kind of controversial and very direct."
She said: “I’m really excited for myself and I’m really excited for him and, in the past, all the people who I’ve been able to show.
“Also just to represent Bermuda a bit.
“We’re a small place and people confuse us with other islands, which is understandable and fine, but if there’s anything that we can do to kind of show ‘real Bermuda’, because I would imagine that quite a bit there’s an idea that we’re all a bunch of millionaires and billionaires and this kind of false idea."
She added that her work was an opportunity to show "what people are really like here“.
The 1854 website said: “Now in its fourth year, Portrait of Humanity serves as a powerful prism through which to understand a myriad of stories from around the globe.
“Among the three winning photographic series and 30 single images, there are displays of joy, stoicism, hope and bravery – poignantly reinforcing the fact that in 2021, light began to flicker at the end of the pandemic-induced tunnel.”
The images were selected by a panel of jurors at 1854, including British Journal of Photography’s editorial director Izabela Radwanska Zhang.
The photographers’ work will be exhibited at festivals throughout the world, starting with Melbourne next month for Photo2022.
The winning single images will also be published in the Portrait of Humanity book besides 200 images that made the award’s shortlist.
A second entry from Ms Andrews – a photograph of 107-year-old Myrtle Edness – will be included in the book, published by Hoxton Mini Press.
It is the second time her work has been shortlisted for the prize.
An image of PHC Zebra majorettes at the Bermuda Day Parade was published in Portrait of Humanity, Volume 2 in 2020.