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Juno Calypso and Felicity Hammond have been named the winners of British Journal of Photography’s International Photography Awards 2016.
Juno Calypso won the Series Award for Joyce, a collection of performative self-portraits that reflect on “modern rituals of seduction and the laboured construction of femininity.”
As a photography student, Calypso spent her loan to fly to “the middle of nowhere in Pennsylvania,” alone, to picture herself in the state’s honeymoon hotels.
“I began staging these photographs three years ago, using my grandma’s bedroom as the set, or a room found on Airbnb,” Juno tells BJP. “The idea always starts with the location – finding somewhere with a time-warp feel. This year I went to stay alone at a couple’s honeymoon resort in the US to continue the project. So it begins with an appreciation of 1960s pink decor, but also ends up as an awkward social encounter. I like to explore those feelings – seduction, solitude, desire, disappointment.”
“Juno’s photography has a very original identity; visually it is surreal and seductive,” Hannah Watson said of the winning series. “Although she only graduated recently, she already has a unique voice in photography. I can’t wait to see how she will exhibit this work in a gallery context.”
Felicity Hammond was awarded the Single Image Award for Restore to Factory Settings, a large scale photographic collage printed as a cyanotype.
Hammond’s image explores economic and social evolutions in London; a cityscape once defined by factories and industrial structures, now given over to the incredible demand for residential and office spaces.