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The art of waking up


27 August 2010

Getting out of bed has now been elevated to an art form with the inclusion of 20-year-old Sydney College of the Arts photography student, Emilio Cresciani, as one of the finalists in the National Youth Self Portrait prize, which is now on show at Canberra's National Portrait Gallery.

Emilio's photographic portrait, titled The Wake Up Call, is a self-portrait that focuses on the universal daily ritual of getting out of bed.

The Wake Up Call by Emilio Cresciani is a finalist in the National Youth Self Portrait prize.
The Wake Up Call by Emilio Cresciani is a finalist in the National Youth Self Portrait prize.

Emilio, a second-year photography student at Sydney College of the Arts, set his camera up on the bedroom floor to capture the times he reached out to turn his alarm off for yet another five minutes snooze.

"This photo captures my sleepy attempts to wake up, as I lean over that 50 centimetres of space between my bed and desk to turn off my alarm," Emilio says.

"It took me a couple of weeks just to find the right angle for the shot. And then I had to keep waking up to take it!"

The competition was open to 18 to 25-year-olds and all artistic forms are represented including drawing, printing, painting, photography and screen-based media including animation. The finalists are on show at the National Portrait Gallery until 12 September 2010.

The prize is supported by the Tallis Foundation and the Association of Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (ADFAS).


Media enquiries: Jacqueline Chowns, 0434 605 018, jacqueline.chowns@sydney.edu.au