Photo Life Student Award 2015 Portfolio

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[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he first recipient of the Photo Life Student Award, Brandon Brookbank is a 22-year-old photographic artist born in Halifax, N.S. He is currently in his last semester at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and will be graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in May 2015.

Brookbank was selected by the Photo Life team and David duChemin for his distinctive work as a student. His photographs are a part of a project called Pools and Other Nouns. Brookbank explained, “My work predominately encompasses the theme of banality—be that a moment of stillness, an object of mundane simplicity, or explorations of a leisurely activity. I look for absences within the image, a language of realism within the frame, and depictions of banal moments through subtle representation. I am interested in presenting objects, spaces, and trace. I aim for my work to not only remove any specific presence from the image but also remove myself for the photograph to speak to its own inquisitions. This being said, my practice is constantly changing; my ideas are processed through the space, city, or place in which I am working.”

Pools and Other Nouns has just been exhibited at the Anna Leonowens Gallery, in Halifax, from January 27 to 31. This series of images was produced during a one-month period in Reykjavik, Iceland. The photographs range in subject matter: a non-linear representation of leisure activity; tourism and human interaction in a contemporary European city; a view of the commonplace and ordinary people, places and things; and images of pools and other nouns.

Click here to view the Photo Life Student Award 2015 portfolio. To view more of Brandon Brookbank’s work, visit

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