UAPF Spotlight: Peter Gordon – European Photographer of the Year
Ukrainian Photographers are happy to announce the winner of FEP European Photographer of the Year – Peter Gordon
“I was recently honored to win European Photographer of the Year with the FEP. The winning portfolio was a series of images that are part of a much larger project that Im hoping to publish a book on and also have an exhibition. I have attached the winning portfolio plus one additional image that made up the Irish portfolio win.
The work was captured at the Burning Man Festival in Nevada and the project is known as: ‘Life and Death – The Temple’.
I was trying to reach as many photographers as possible to tell them about the win and also inform them of a Kickstarter campaign I am running to try and turn the book and exhibition into a reality.
Over the course of a week in late summer 2011 Peter Gordon made a collection of photographs at the Burning Man Festival in Nevada. A selection of that work saw Peter named FEP European Professional Photographer of the Year as well as Irish Professional Photographer of the Year.
Located in the starkly beautiful setting of the Black Rock Desert, the Burning Man attracts some of the most interesting and extraordinary people, art and activities you are ever likely to find in one place. Burning Man transcends traditional interpretations of what a festival is. It has its own identity, its own peculiar and astounding nuances. It represents more than just a week in the desert: It represents a way of life. A central feature of the festival is the building and burning of a temple. The Temple in many ways is the spiritual hub of the festival. People visit and write messages for departed loved one’s on its walls and meditate in its centre. They grieve. They marry. They party. The festivals climax see’s the Temple being burnt and with it the grief that people have shared within its walls. These Burning Man photos are a document of a week at the Temple which seek to share the narrative behind its construct, its being and its ultimate destruction.
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