NTU’s 20th annual photo festival Emerge kicks off next month, and Platform’s Photo Editor Callum Baigrie is following the build up to what is turning out to be one of the biggest and best shows yet. Read more about the festival here.
On the run up to the festival, Platform are speaking to some of the photographers exhibiting. We’ll be finding out who is inspiring them, what their projects are about, and what they plan to do after the festival closes. With the festival starting this month, we look to Annabel Noble’s project, directed towards women lost between rigid stereotypes.
What is your degree show project about?
My degree project is titled the space between. It focuses on the vulnerability of the transition of women who are undefined and deny conforming to the ridged stereotypes that are set by our society. It is directed towards women and girls who are trying to explore the space between the fixed cultural boundaries where vulnerability is organically exposed and the future remains unknown. The work embraces themes of identity, culture, gender, race, sexuality and the overall essence of being in between.The aim is not to draw on a comparison between each subject but to focus on the broader universal foundations of what it is to be a woman. The decisions, ambitions and choices we decide to make are specific and subjective to each individual, but the struggles that we face are universal and unanimous when seen in a larger picture.
As a young woman, transition and change is something Annabel has always struggled with, at the point in her life where the most prominent conversions into adulthood and the real world are occurring. The vulnerability of being open to exposure to the new and unfamiliar is a daunting prospect. Through this project she is not only passionate about the vicariously exploring and confronting her own identity, but also addressing her fears about transformation and vulnerability through the portraits and profiles of each subject.
Which photographers/artists are inspiring this body of work?
Annie Leibovitz has always been a massive inspiration of mine, not only her representation of women but also her style of image making is perfection and has influenced me massivly with this project. Harley Wier and Juila Noni as well. Magazines such as I-D, Dazed and confused, Kinfolk and C-Heads have influenced the project touching on political, social and cultural issues through photography.
What do you plan on doing after you graduate?
My current practise is based towards fashion and editorial photography. Currently my main ambitions for future work based development are directed towards shooting look books and editorials for advertising or publication based work. My main aim is to work for a large scale company or fashion brand, shooting the look books, and work within a high end team collaborating with the creative direction, coordination and styling of shoots. Also keen on working with graphic designers, fashion designers, makeup and hair stylists in order to combine my interests and creatively expand my knowledge and expertise of the industry.
Annabel will be exhibiting at Fox Talbots. Check out more of Annabel’s work on the Emerge website here.