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.