Snap: Making The Digital Image Real Again: Chester Field Photo Contest

Presentation House Gallery is pleased to present the finalists of the Chester Fields photography programme. Established in 2008, Chester Fields is a juried photography competition that challenges youth to create original works of art around a given theme.

This year, we wanted students to consider the ways that images circulate online. Because of social media and advancing technology, people are able to capture and share high-quality images like never before. But what happens to these images once they're posted and shared? Who owns them? Can they be appropriated, or ever truly deleted?

In light of these questions, we asked youth from the Lower Mainland to choose an image they had posted on social media, and to create an original work of photographic art in response to it. "Snapping" out of the digital realm and back into the real world, students were encouraged to take ownership of their creative work, and to think about the photograph not as a digital file, but as a material object.

Niels Lucke, "Glory Foods" 2017 (Honourable Mention)
Niels Lucke, "Glory Foods" 2017. (Honorable Mention)
Natalie Zawislak, "Shelter" 2017 (Honourable Mention)
Natalie Zawislak, "Shelter" 2017. (Honorable Mention)
Mia Zhang, "I See You" 2017 (Honourable Mention)
Mia Zhang, "I See You" 2017 (Honorable Mention)
Sarah Pudritz, "anticipation" 2017 (Honourable Mention)
Sarah Pudritz, "anticipation" 2017. (Honorable Mention)
Hana Braker, "Both Sides" 2017
Hana Braker, "Both Sides" 2017
Tatiana Cooper, "Limitless" 2017
Tatiana Cooper, "Limitless" 2017
Sarah Doolan, "Wilted Innocence" 2017
Sarah Doolan, "Wilted Innocence" 2017
Lia Elrik, "re-take" 2017
Lia Elrik, "re-take" 2017
Eli Figueroa, "Untitled" 2017
Eli Figueroa, "Untitled" 2017
Moritz Gebler, "Bietschhorn" 2017
Moritz Gebler, "Bietschhorn" 2017
Jeffrey Hernandez, "Easy on the Eyes" 2017
Jeffrey Hernandez, "Easy on the Eyes" 2017
Ivan Hilario "Untitled" 2017
Ivan Hilario "Untitled" 2017
Stefan Kowalski "Swarm" 2017
Stefan Kowalski "Swarm" 2017
Monique Limanto, "Lost in a maze" 2017
Monique Limanto, "Lost in a maze" 2017
Jerry Lin, "Bridge to the Past" 2017
Jerry Lin, "Bridge to the Past" 2017
Mark Mackay, "The Potion" 2017
Mark Mackay, "The Potion" 2017
Dylan McCartney, "Red House on a Snowy Day" 2017. (3D Image)
Dylan McCartney, "Red House on a Snowy Day" 2017. (3D Image)
Luca Papini, "Walk Down a Different Street" 2017
Luca Papini, "Walk Down a Different Street" 2017
Jarrett Pawson, "Illumination" 2017
Jarrett Pawson, "Illumination" 2017
Jessica Pegram, "Lost in the dance" 2017. (Detail)
Jessica Pegram, "Lost in the dance" 2017. (Detail)
Fengyuchen Qian, "Wired" 2017
Fengyuchen Qian, "Wired" 2017
Adrien Segur, "Weeping Branch" 2017
Adrien Segur, "Weeping Branch" 2017
Andy Shin, "Unnatural" 2017
Andy Shin, "Unnatural" 2017