Photographer shortlisted for prestigious national award

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A Barwick-in-Elmet resident has been shortlisted for a national competition that celebrates the diversity of British manufacturing.

Wedding and portrait photographer Karen Turner (pictured inset below) has taken a different view to normal and is now in the running for the EEF Made in Britain photography awards.

Karen said: “I’m a social photographer at heart so I never expected to have such affinity with this industrial matter.”

Karen will join a select number of shortlisted photographers across the UK at the Houses of Parliament next month where her images will be on display and the winner will be chosen.

Karen, who has photographed weddings and families for 10 years, has taken photographs at Hargreaves Industrial Foundry in Halifax.

She said: “I love sculpture and first visited Hargreaves because I wanted to learn more about the casting process and I just loved the whole environment from the moment I walked in – the smell, the noise and the intensity of heat from the furnace – I felt so excited and inspired to document that intensely colourful, dramatic and strangely other-worldly atmosphere.”

Karen added: “I was really lucky on my first visit to photograph the Antony Gormley replica work in the process of being cast, and as a result he asked me to provide images for two further projects, including the chance to photograph a private viewing of his exhibition in Paris.

“I will always love capturing the special moments in people’s lives, but I also really relish the photoshoots at Hargreaves, so to be shortlisted for this award gives me an even greater sense of purpose to continue to develop my approach in both areas.”

The EEF ‘Made in Britain’ photography awards take place on Tuesday December 4.

The aim of the competition is to ‘give British manufacturing ‘greater visibility’ and to challenge the myth that ‘Britain doesn’t make anything anymore’.

Shortlisted and winning entries will be showcased throughout 2013.