Appleby mud portraits receive world recognition

Date: Monday 12th March 2018
One of Tim Fisher’s 10 shortlisted images taken at Appleby New Fair.
One of Tim Fisher’s 10 shortlisted images taken at Appleby New Fair.

A KESWICK-based professional photographer is one of only 10 from across the globe to be shortlisted in the portraiture category in this year’s Sony World Photography awards.

A total of 10 shortlists, for a range categories, were announced by the World Photography Organisation (WPO), and Tim Fisher, who relocated to the Lake District in September, 2015, said his series of 10 photos called The Appleby Mud Portraits had been included.

He added: “It’s been a trifle frustrating, having to sit on this exciting news since mid-January. I am one of only 10 professional photographers to be shortlisted in the highly competitive portraiture category in this year’s Sony awards.”

He said that, with only 10 categories, the awards were held in “very high regard across the entire industry”. “You only need view the three winners and shortlisted photographers from previous years to know that there’s little to choose between any of them," he said. "In fact, I have seen more shortlist Sony/WPO photographers in subsequent book deals and other competition wins as those who scored a top three placings, so in truth even getting recognised and on to this shortlist is extremely exciting.”

This latest news follows success in several competitions over the past three years and Tim has recently concentrated mainly on portraiture and landscapes, as well as some longer term projects.

And, by tapping into the zeitgeist in contemporary portraiture, he has spent days on end in major and national galleries throughout the British Isles every couple of months — and it seems to be paying off.

He added: “I am hoping, in the next few days or weeks, to make a further announcement regarding an art gallery which I am in negotiations to purchase, where these 10 images might also find a space to be hung for a few weeks after the London gallery showing."

The shortlisted project was taken over three of the wettest days during last year’s Appleby horse fair where Tim encouraged all to pose for his camera and studio flash set-up.

He said: “Truthfully, while I had many rejected requests for people to stand and have their pictures taken, my success rate was sufficient and the subject matter so interesting that I knelt, almost continuously for those three days, in the gloopy mud; I was the only one disheartened to see it dry out.”

Winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on 19th April and both shortlisted and final winning images will be on display at Somerset House, London, from 20th April until 6th May as well as being published

in the annual awards book.