To help me to develop my practice following my MA, and to continue with Harena Now (which I think has more longevity), I have applied for the Royal Photographic Society’s Environmental Bursary (run in conjunction with The Photographic Angle).
This bursary seeks photographic projects that promote environmental awareness, which Harena Now most certainly does.
When I first saw this opportunity, I was a little concerned that my style of work may not be considered suitable; it isn’t documentary and many of the past winners work has been (although I was pleased to note that Mandy Barker received this award which enabled her to pursue her interest in our use/misuse of plastic and the subsequent non-documentary work she creates).
The award itself does state: “We are looking for a creative interpretation of the subject as well as documentary and editorial photography.”
The deadline is June 5 and successful applicants will be notified by July 8.
My proposal includes travel to a country effected by sand mining issues such as Sri Lanka. I want to work with people there to create work that will be part of a bi-nation exhibition that will help to raise the profile of the global sand crisis.
It was a good exercise in writing succinctly, with responses to questions restricted to 300 words. I will share my full proposal once I know the outcome.
The Royal Photographic Society. rps.org. Available at: http://rps.org/competitions/environmental-awareness-project-funding [accessed June 2, 2018]