The Photographic Society of New Zealand’s Jack Sprosen Memorial Trophy for digital audiovisual sequences has been awarded to Tauranga local Matt Leamy, for his efforts in capturing a charity event designed to raise awareness around men’s health.
Photographer and film-maker Matt Leamy filed the October 9 Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, which aimed to call attention to prostate cancer and men’s mental health. The film, both whimsical and down-to-earth, brings together editorial-style photography with live commentary, covering hard-hitting messages about the health issues facing men today.
“What I love about this medium is that it gives the film-maker unparalleled flexibility and scope for creativity,” Leamy said. “The beauty is in the sequencing of images, the timing and audio effects, and the way they work together to tell a story – rather than in the strength of individual images. If you gave 10 film-makers the same imagery to work with, they would all come back with a completely different interpretation.”
Having strong images does, of course, help, and Leamy took full advantage of the opportunity presented by the event. “Visually it offered a lot,” Leamy said, “a contrast of old and new, of dignity and playfulness, and, of course, a strong sense of camaraderie. I really wanted to capture those layers and do them justice with the AV.”
Photographer’s Mail, Issue 216, January – February 2017.