United Arab Emirates

PrizeHonorable Mention
City/CountryStockholm, Sweden
Photo Date2013
Entry Description

A series of urban images taken in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

About Photographer

Over a period of 15 years, Brendan Austin's art work has encompassed photographing numerous locations including a nuclear submarine base in Ukraine, a radio telescope in Latvia, the hidden tunnels under London and more recently, a number trips to the middle eastern deserts and mountains. "I would say that my upbringing played a crucial role in what I do now, and the subject matter of my work". Austin was 15 when his parents took him out of school, “My father was in engineering, and his job took us all around the world. I must have lived in 50 houses by the age of 21.” This time the decampment was to Durban, on the east coast of South Africa. “I was half way through studying for exams in the UK when we moved, so rather than start a new school I carried on learning remotely. It meant I had a lot of time on my hands.” Time which, eventually, he filled with taking pictures. Recent projects have explored the idea of our relationship to the vastness of nature. Creating fictional landscapes by using various techniques, Austin attempts to question how we perceive both the reality of the image and how we experience the world around us. Austin has exhibited at various galleries and institutions including 'The Center of Photography, Stockholm', Focal Point Gallery, UK, The Photographers Gallery, UK', Museum of Modern Art, The Netherlands and a recent solo show at Kleerup Gallery in Stockholm.