Observations and Orchestrations by Kerry J Dean

Honourable Mention: Personal

This series is the result of Kerry J Dean’s ongoing interest in the people and topography of Mongolia, which she has photographed for 14 years. Dean is particularly intrigued by the clash of contemporary and traditional culture in the country. The series features recurring themes that may start with a chance encounter but then evolve into a series of orchestrated images created by Dean over a period of years.

Her lengthy work in the country has allowed Dean access to people and scenes that stand outside of the potentially clichéd images of Mongolia – of yurts and eagle festivals. Instead, she captures everyday acts and domesticity, as well as the changing nature of Mongolia, which is experiencing an ongoing tide of urbanisation and digitisation.