/ 2020 / Nature / Landscape

A Symphony of Gestures

  • Prize
    Gold in Nature/Landscape
  • Photographer
    Carolyn Cheng

At the height of summer in Iceland, glacial meltwater in the centre of the country runs south over black volcanic sand, creating the highly expressive, colourful braided rivers determined to cross overland towards the ocean. This series captures the lyrical beauty of the flowing waters and the raw power of the glaciers as a way to express moments of perseverance and tranquility.

Drawing from the practices and gestures of abstract expressionists, I aim to transform the landscape into primordial, dramatic and colourful pictorial spaces which generate a strong visceral and affective sensibility.

Carolyn Cheng is a contemporary Canadian photographer currently living and working in Toronto, Ontario. Inspired by her lifelong passion for travel to unusual places, her primary focus of artistic interest involves landscape investigations through abstract aerial photography. Cheng is an award-winning artist that has been published in National Geographic, and has shown at the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Her work is held in various private collections.

Awards 2019, Silver and Bronze, Nature, Professional, PX3, Prix de la Photographie Paris

2019, 5 Honourable Mentions, Aerials and Fine Art Abstract, Professional, International Photography Awards

2018, Top 101 Photographs, International Landscape Photographer of the Year

2018, Amateur Photographer of the Year, One Eyeland

2018, 3 Honourable Mentions, Nature - Aerial/Drone and Seasons, Non-Professional, International Photography Awards