The Clive Harrison Trophy is an annual competition for a thematic panel of between three and eight prints. The images should all share a common theme, tell a story or complement each other in some way when viewed together.
Remember this day
The images are of love padlocks left on gates and on railings around Europe.
This was my accompanying statement for the panel
Remembering the day …
Love padlocks now proliferate around the world.
I like to think of the two lovers locking their padlock, throwing the key into a nearby river and then always remembering the day that they pledged their love with a padlock.
These are just some of the ones that I have found.
Padlocks on gates, on fences, I’ve seen lots of them, around the world and I’m not quite sure personally what originally drove people to do this but I have done something similar myself in [Wales] with my girlfriend at the time and we wrote our names on slate and threw it onto the nearby heap
… some of these [locks] are either very expensive locks that are nice shiny or very old ones, this is quite an interesting thing to do ,
… it helps when they are locked around a fence or a gate with a view because that tends to enlighten the scene.
… now these locks here, one of the things that strikes me and indeed has struck me about most of the images here tonight is that we have all played the game of panels before and what we have here given the subject, which is not too easy it is quite difficult but we still have the makings of a panel. In other words we have a cross in the middle here and we have locks facing in and some locks facing each other top and bottom so we have the making of a good panel layout
… Technically speaking I have no problem with the images themselves, the colour rendering is pretty good and they are all pretty sharp and one lock is the focal point, and the ones behind are , a good grip on your f-stops,
… [these are] nice sized photographs, I must say to people who print A3 that they are becoming less and less fashionable and I see smaller photographs such as A4 or smaller, tehre’s nothing wrong in that at all in that, they don’t smack you in the face
The individual images
From left to right: 1 and 2 were from Malaga
and 3, 4 and 5 were from Helsingborg