11 Jan, 2023
The Abysm chronicles the physical and emotional journey my father took at the onset of a life-threatening disease. It focuses on the mental health issues associated with such a diagnosis, and documents his decent into a personal vortex of anxiety and depression that consumed every part of his life. Using documentary photographs, arranged fopr this subisssion in single picture and montaged sequence, the work records the emotional state of a man as he reflects on his life, whilst being consumed by questions of his own mortality.
Gareth Phillips is an established photographer working predominately in the medium of photo books, maquette and installation. He has an extensive exhibition and curation history, has been recognised in numerous awards and continues to be commissioned and collected internationally. He is a Reflexions Masterclass alumni. Exhibitions Solo 2022 – Caligo – LeNeuf Gallery – Paris, France 2021 – IAOVBIOSTI - Diffusion Photo Festival, Cardiff, UK 2021 - Land Book in 21 Pages, Basque Mountains, Spain2021 – Land Book in 12 Pages, CultVR Gallery, UK 2021 – Land Book in 24 Pages, Akkigalleria, Finland 2020 - NH5, CultVR Gallery, UK 2014 - Hiraeth, Ffotogallery, UK 2014 – Degabay | The Poem, Cory’s Gallery, UK 2013 – Love Lies Bleeding, MJR European Studio, UK 2013 – Y Tir Newydd | The New Land, Third Floor Gallery, UK Group 2020 - A Passage Through Passages, Brunei Gallery, UK 2017 - David Hurn 'Swaps', National Museum Wales, UK 2014 - Hiraeth, W&M Show, Andrews Gallery, Virginia, USA 2014 – A Fine Beginning, Made In Wales Group Exhibition, Cardiff, UK 2012 – University of Wales Newport Alumni Exhibition, Newport, UK 2011 – MILK Gallery ‘Underground’ 2011, New York, USA 2010 – Chobi Mela VI International Photography Festival, Bangladesh 2010 – Fotografia Photography Festival, Rome, Italy 2010 – Newport Museum Showcase Exhibition, Newport, UK Awards 2014 - International Photography Awards - Honourable Mention 2013 - Selected as one of American Photo Magazine Image of the Year 2013 2008 - Commended Fast Forward Magenta Award 2008, Magenta Foundation. 2007 - Commended, Ian Parry Scholarship UK 2007 - Winner of British Council Open Cities Commission, UK 2007 - Winner of B&H Assignment Award Eddie Adams Workshop, New York 2007 - Winner of placement at Eddie Adams Workshop, New York 2007 - Winner, Welsh Livery Society Award for Photographic Excellence, UK 2007 - Commended, Shots Magazine Award for Photography, UK