Columbus, Ohio Award of Excellence: $2,000 Age: 25 "Art demands a receptive attitude to living one's life in a way that absorbs all the influences, struggles, celebrations, and circumstances that make us individuals."Brian Kellett is a photographer that strives to capture the unpredictability of whatever circumstances come his way. Kellett, who is a T4 paraplegic, turned his photographic hobby into a career after the mountain biking accident that caused his disability. The ability to continue a loved pursuit enabled a positive attitude post-accident and set the foundation for Kellett's artistic motivation: being open to unplanned moments in time that, together, tell a story that unfolds in an exposed chain of film frames. Primarily using 35mm roll film, Kellett works to build a visual timeline that is unknown until the film is developed, and he abandons any anticipation of capturing a specific photograph.
A National Juried Exhibition for Emerging Artists with Disabilities, Ages 16-25. September 7, 2011 - January 22, 2012