We're delighted to announce that one of our gallery artists, Oxford-based Rory Carnegie has won a national award for his portrait series âPort Meadow Dogs' at the Association of Photographers (AOP) awards, 2013. Winning Gold and Best in Category (Portrait Series)
Rory found the idea for the series, while taking his dog for daily walks on the meadow, which is near his home in Oxford. There he discovered a profound connection with not only the land itself, but the history it is steeped in.
âAll of the dogs in this series have some sort of relationship with Port Meadow, Oxford,' he explains. âSince living in Oxford, I have always walked on Port Meadow, and I quickly formed a very strong bond with it. When my beloved, irascible and beautiful Lurcher, Luca, died in tragic circumstances, I realised that I had few photographs that linked him with the Meadow, where he spent so much time. Compositing images of Luca with landscape images that I have made continuously throughout the seasons, was the genesis of this project.'
An area of ancient common grazing land, Port Meadow has never been cultivated, therefore is rich in archeological significance. In the 10th Century, in return for helping to defend the Kingdom against the Danes, the Freemen of Oxford were given, by Alfred the Great, these 300 acres of pasture next to the River Thames. Those grazing rights have been cited in the Domesday book of 1086, and have been excercised ever since.
Rory Carnegie is an award-winning photographer based in Oxford. His work has been published in The Observer, LA Times, The Telegraph Magazine, The Sunday Times, GQ, The Independent Magazine, Creative Review and the British Journal of Photography. Specialising in portraiture, recently his chosen subjects aren't well known, but are all people that are a vital part of society and culture in a quiet, uncelebrated way; but all of whom have a story to tell.
Recently Rory Carnegie has taught photography with students from Sarah Lawrence University, New York, as part of the exchange programme with Wadham College, Oxford. He also works with young Asylum seekers who are living in Oxford.