Joe Cole award 2012
A BRIGHT future is in the frame for a talented artistic photographer after he snapped up a prestigious award.
Cleveland College of Art and Design BA (Hons) photography and former Foundation Diploma student Fabiano Almeida was presented with the Joe Cole Award for the most outstanding piece of artwork.
The annual accolade, named in memory of former head of foundation diploma in art and design Joe Cole, is awarded from hundreds of entries displayed by students at the annual college art exhibitions.
Fabiano created two family portraits using around 10,000 images from 20 members of his family. Using these he printed layers of plastic to create one large image of his aunt and another image of his father-in-law.
The project, called Tempo, features photographs of both past and present family members, older ones printed in black and white and present family in colour.
Judge and former fine art teacher Ken Young said: “I chose Fabiano’s work as it shows fascinating tones, colour and composition in two nice images.
“It has all the qualities of a drawing but it is a photo. His work really is outstanding and reflects the quality of the work in the college too.”
Fabiano, 33, originally from Brazil, but now living in Stockton, said: “I couldn’t believe it when I heard I had won the award. I have enjoyed the course so much here and this really is the icing on the cake for me.
“I feel so happy that other people appreciate my work and I’m quite proud of what I have achieved.”
Fabiano is now in the process of applying to do a master’s degree at the Royal College of Art and is considering a future in creative advertising.
Programme leader, Jamie MacDonald said: “Fabiano has embraced the new techniques that he has been shown here and his work is very challenging.
“He has learned a craft and has taken it somewhere else technically, which has resulted in two beautiful images which have a lot of meaning to them and are very poignant.”
CCAD principal Martin Raby said: “This award is open to all our students and Fabiano’s work is typical of the quality produced by students at CCAD.”