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Brad Wilson

Brad Wilson knows how to take a portrait. His site is filled with stunning commercial and editorial portraits of a wide array of sitters, each captured with dignity and respect. He brings these same qualities to his fine art work. Brad’s soulful images of animals are quite remarkable and reflect an intimacy rarely seen in animal photographs.

Chimpanzee #4, Los Angeles, CA, 2010

Brad began his studies in art at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and continued on to study at various workshops and work with notable photographers until he began his own career in 1996. He now lives in Santa Fe, is published around the world, which includes images on over 400 book covers around the world, and numerous advertising campaigns, annual reports, and music packages. He has numerous European exhibition slated for 2011, in Switzerland, London, and Belgium.

ANIMALS: There is something appealing about a purely instinctual, intuitive existence. Perhaps it is the common human longing for a simpler life, or the desire to be fully present in each moment – largely free of our recent past or imagined future. For me at least, animals embody this special type of immediacy. Not long ago I began to wonder what it would be like to work with them in a studio environment without cages or scenic landscapes or any other distractions. What would they reveal and what could I create? This whole complex project was really born of those few basic curiosities. A few months and many, many phone calls later, I was standing in front of a chimpanzee, then a tiger, and later an elephant. My journey into the unknown had begun.

Chimpanzee #2, Los Angeles, CA, 2010

The first thing I learned was that I was not really in control, nor was I going to be. For the most part, the animals did what they wanted within the confines of the photography set. Waiting and patience quickly became an integral part of the project. So in the middle of what I can only define as a gentle and unpredictable chaos, I tried to find a specific moment – a moment where mood, composition, and stillness combined to create something uncommon, something unexpected. I was looking for a final image that could stand completely on it’s own, regardless of context, and that also transcended the obvious beauty and power of my subjects. This series of photographs is the result of that exploration.

Chimpanzee #1, Los Angeles, CA, 2010

Bull #2, Los Angeles, CA, 2011

Cheetah #1, Los Angeles, CA, 2011

Cheetah #3, Los Angeles, CA, 2011

Elephant #1, Los Angeles, CA, 2010

Elephant #4, Los Angeles, CA, 2010

Giraffe #3, Los Angeles, CA, 2011

Lion #3, Los Angeles, CA, 2010

Orangutan #1, Los Angeles, CA, 2011

Orangutan #3, Los Angeles, CA, 2011

Tiger #1, Los Angeles, CA, 2010

Zebra #2, Los Angeles, CA, 2010

Zebra #3, Los Angeles, CA, 2010


The "Emerging" Photographer Bursary Award

Spectrum, Garage Studios and Photoworks are sponsoring an exciting new bursary: the winner will receive a heavyweight package of tuition and mentoring, studio time, and a fully promoted exhibition.

The Bursary will include:

*1 full day of studio lighting tuition at Garage studios with one of our experienced tutors worth over £550

*7 days of studio and lighting hire at Garage Studios, with a lighting assistant provided to support you on your shoots worth over £2800.

*1 day of mentoring from Photowork’s Emma Morris, which will include discussion on creating a cohesive project, and understanding artistic practice with a view to how this can be applied to a studio environment.

*£1000 worth of Spectrum goods and services to be used for the final exhibition (including any film processing, scanning, printing mounting and framing you may need).

* An Introductory visit to Spectrum who will be on hand throughout the bursary to offer technical printing help and guidance.

*1 Full days use of one of Spectrum’s top of the range calibrated monitors, to ensure you colour management is spot-on before printing.

* A two week exhibition which will be promoted by all three companies, and held at Garage Studios in September worth approx £3,000.

To apply for the bursary all applicants should submit a 300–500 word submission document describing the proposed studio based project and how you envisage it developing. All applicants must also submit a minimum of 3 images of previous work, alongside a current CV to showcase their work. The organisers are of course aware that this is for emerging talent so images submitted may be either work in progress or non studio based imagery but please consider how the images will support your proposal. All applications must be received by 12pm on Monday 2 May, no entries will be accepted after this time.

The judges, Emma Morris of Photoworks and Spectrum-appointed judge Simon Roberts, will view all applicants submission and images and will pick one overall winner of the Bursary Award.

For more information and to apply visit: www.garage-studios.co.uk

The "Emerging" Photographer Bursary Award

Spectrum, Garage Studios and Photoworks are sponsoring an exciting new bursary: the winner will receive a heavyweight package of tuition and mentoring, studio time, and a fully promoted exhibition.

The Bursary will include:

*1 full day of studio lighting tuition at Garage studios with one of our experienced tutors worth over £550

*7 days of studio and lighting hire at Garage Studios, with a lighting assistant provided to support you on your shoots worth over £2800.

*1 day of mentoring from Photowork’s Emma Morris, which will include discussion on creating a cohesive project, and understanding artistic practice with a view to how this can be applied to a studio environment.

*£1000 worth of Spectrum goods and services to be used for the final exhibition (including any film processing, scanning, printing mounting and framing you may need).

* An Introductory visit to Spectrum who will be on hand throughout the bursary to offer technical printing help and guidance.

*1 Full days use of one of Spectrum’s top of the range calibrated monitors, to ensure you colour management is spot-on before printing.

* A two week exhibition which will be promoted by all three companies, and held at Garage Studios in September worth approx £3,000.

To apply for the bursary all applicants should submit a 300–500 word submission document describing the proposed studio based project and how you envisage it developing. All applicants must also submit a minimum of 3 images of previous work, alongside a current CV to showcase their work. The organisers are of course aware that this is for emerging talent so images submitted may be either work in progress or non studio based imagery but please consider how the images will support your proposal. All applications must be received by 12pm on Monday 2 May, no entries will be accepted after this time.

The judges, Emma Morris of Photoworks and Spectrum-appointed judge Simon Roberts, will view all applicants submission and images and will pick one overall winner of the Bursary Award.

For more information and to apply visit: www.garage-studios.co.uk