FujiFilm/Young Talent Award – 2015 Runner Up
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FujiFilm/Young Talent Award 2015 runner up
Plateau is an exploration of the North Carolina piedmont region. The piedmont, situated between the mountain and coastal region of the state, has long been home to tobacco farms, furniture production, and textile mills, among other industries. This series takes it’s inspiration from North Carolina’s eminent writer Thomas Wolfe and his short story “The Lost Boy”:
“Here,” thought Grover, “here is the Square as it has always been-and papa’s shop, the fire department and the City Hall, the fountain pulsing with its plume, the street cars coming in and halting at the quarter hour, the hardware store on the corner there, the row of old brick buildings oil this side of the street, the people passing and the light that comes and changes and that always will come back again, and everything that comes and goes and changes in the Square, and yet will be the same again.
Plateau is an attempt that finding, in the small towns of the piedmont region, a changelessness and consolation for the state’s rapid growth. Plateau holds on to innocence while looking towards the future and finding the quite global in the local.
Aaron Canipe earned a BFA in photography in 2012 from the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, D.C. While in D.C, he worked as a photographer and contemporary collection archivist at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Canipe also co-founded the publishing and design imprint Empty Stretch, which focuses on curating books, zines, and exhibitions highlighting up-and-coming artists and photographers. Canipe is a recent graduate of the MFA in Experimental & Documentary Arts program at Duke University.
FujiFilm/EPF Young Talent Award is an additional grant for photographers under 25. Using David Alan Harvey’s words “A heart felt thank you also to FujiFilm for making it possible for the EPF to keep focus on the future generations, the young ones, the ones with a vision already making a mark now… and just might make another jump soon…”