Art Center College of Design Student Eric Chang has been nominated for a Lucie Award for “Time-Trap,” a photo series that could soon adorn Elton John’s walls.
The 22-year-old is among the eight nominees in the Discovery of the Year category — which recognizes emerging image-makers in editorial, advertising, fine art and other photo-centric industries — and carries a $5,000 prize.
Winners will be announced Oct. 8 at the 10th annual Lucie Awards, presented by the Lucie Foundation, which works to cultivate the craft of photography worldwide.
The gala dinner and awards presentation at the Beverly Hilton hotel will feature stars from both sides of the lens, including Jessica Lange, Aisha Tyler, Ryan Murphy and Joel Meyerowitz, who will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement award.
Actors Pierce Brosnan and Andy Garcia will make special presentations, as well as Grammy-winner and photo collector John. “I met Elton the other day, and he wants one of my pictures from the series,” said Chang, adding that he’ll pass along a print during a birthday party for John’s husband, David Furnish, later this month.
“Time-Trap,” which captures a woman mid-crisis, was shot in Art Center Provost Fred Fehlau’s home in May with several environmental and product design Art Center alums on set.
Chang, who switched from photo to film while at Art Center, says he prefers to work in different fields.
“I prefer a multi-disciplinary approach,” he said. “I enjoy fashion photography, so we shot this when we had time off [from school] during spring break.”