/ 2020 / Portraiture / Family

Mother, Winter 2019

  • Prize
    Bronze in Portraiture/Family
  • Photographer
    Claudia Caporn

My mother, Lisa, chopping wood in the rain on a particularly cold and miserable morning. From the day she was born, my mother has spent her entire life on a farm in rural Western Australia, and for the last three decades has owned and farmed an 18,000 acre wheat and sheep property with her husband. She is always in her pink dressing gown, pyjamas, and slippers. This spontaneous image captures the juxtaposition between her obvious femininity, and her tough, independent nature in doing a typically 'masculine' activity. She is one of the strongest, most capable and determined women I know.

Claudia Caporn (b. 1997) is an emerging portraiture and documentary photographer based in Perth, Australia. She grew up on her family’s wheat and sheep farm in Quairading, and her passion for capturing the human condition emerged. She is completing a BA in Photography in Perth, Australia. The duopoly of this parallel existence in rural Australia and urban city is deeply ingrained in her practice through the combination of her role as a flaneur, and her unusual eye in ordinary circumstances. Her works aim to give prominence to the mundane and often neglected aspects of life.

Awards Awards:
Top Graduating Student in Photography, Curtin University, Perth, Australia, 2019.

Selected exhibitions:
2019 - Red Giant, Perth Centre for Photography, Perth, Australia.
IRIS Award (Finalist), Perth Centre for Photography, Perth, Australia.
Rotterdam Photo, Rotterdam Photo Festival, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
2018 - Collective, Perth Centre for Photography, Perth, Australia.
CLIP (Finalist), Perth Centre for Photography, Perth, Australia.
2017 - Collective, Perth Centre for Photography, Perth, Australia.
Places of Curtin, Place Activation at Curtin University, Perth, Australia