Photo credit: Ezra Böhm
Ezra Böhm, a young student photographer, earned himself an award at this year’s Sony World Photography Awards for his series called “The Identity of Holland.” Böhm was awarded the Student Photographer of the Year 2022.
Now celebrating its 15th year, the competition awarded several titles to impressive photographs. One such award was given out to the Photographer of The Year, Adam Ferguson, who snatched the prestigious title with his work. Other individuals also got titles under the Student, Youth, and Professional categories.
When he saw that people were still wearing the 100-year-old costumes today, Böhm decided to explore the culture and find out more about it. According to Böhm, “After a while, I came into contact with some people who are still wearing the costumes today. Once I had (established) contact with them, things went quickly. There are only a few people who wear traditional clothing, and they often know each other.”
Böhm’s photographs are often unsmiling, showcasing subjects in traditional outfits from The Netherlands. According to these individuals, while their clothes may be old, they still wear them to preserve their culture and history; they often attend church or sing in a choir wearing 100-year-old garments.
“The goal was to celebrate and cherish the old culture of the Netherlands,” said the young photographer. “But apart from all the beauty, these communities have something valuable in common that we often miss in modern society: togetherness, security and pride.”
Böhm further added, “Many people today have lost their cultural roots and can feel alienated in a society full of global citizens. By showing these communities to the world, I hope that people start to look at their own cultural roots again.”
Böhm has spent more than 12 months researching and taking photographs of his chosen subjects.
His photographs led him the title — and a grant of 30,000 euros or $33,000 worth of Sony equipment for the school. Currently, he is a student at the Nederlandse Academie voor Beeldcreatie in Eindhoven.
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