Every December, lovers of photography come to Studio Altius to view a collection of the best photography created in that year from St. Louis area photographers. This show celebrates photographers, professional and amateur, across all genres. It is the culmination of a contest to find the best of the best in St. Louis. We want to see what our best photographers have SEEN! The finalist images have been selected by a blind jury and will be displayed in the SEEN 2011 show at Studio Altius throughout the month of December and part of January.
I went to have a sneak peak at the SEEN 2011 photo contest tonight, and, well, I am now content that just 3 of my 9 submissions made it in as finalists. There really are so many fabulous photos in this contest and I am pleased to have taken a few that are among them, in the categories Flora, Architecture, and Photojournalism. If you are in St. Lou and need some Saturday evening plans tomorrow, come on out!
Three other things I discovered tonight are: 1) that I don’t have to be that worried about overworking my images, 2) I might have to experiment with large glossy or matte prints, and 3) that I think I have discovered the photographer I want to be when I grow up. David McWhirter’s work is amazing, and he has stellar work in most of the categories of SEEN 2011.
Italian, ‘light-dark.’ A term used to describe the effects of light and dark in a work of art, particularly when they are strongly contrasting. -The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms
Well, it is high time The Dassler Effect hosted a photo contest. Check out the details here. Top prize this year? $125 and you could possibly win more than one prize as this contest presents you the opportunity to enter two photos!
Get those cameras shooting and hard drives whirring!
The results are in for the Lightning in a Bottle: Capturing Summer Photo Contest, but before the big reveal why not take a moment to meet the judges (you may want to visit their sites and give them a shout out), then have another look at the entries and see who took each shot. But if you are the sort of person who eats dessert first, the results are at the bottom.
Check it out!
The entries are in, and we have an unprecedented fifty-one! And competition is as fierce as the summer sun.
The results will be out on Labor Day or whenever all the judges report in, whichever comes first. Good luck to all the contestants.
Check it out!
Midnight on August 8th, 2010. That’s the deadline for the chance to win up to $150 in the Dassler Effect’s summer photo contest, Lightning in a Bottle: Capturing Summer, with no entry fee. Get them in!
Well, the page for the Lightning in a Bottle: Capturing Summer is up. Have a look. Shoot some shots. Submit some entries.
There is not really too much hurry, though,as the entry deadline is August 8th. So, you have some time to take some naps in the hammock, head out on that float trip, catch some lazy summer ball games, or whatever else floats your canoe, before you need to submit.
But don’t forget either! Though there is little worry of that as I am sure to remind you.
- sheet lightning illuminating the sky like a backdrop
- lighting bugs twinkling one by one in the gloaming, in tiny galaxies in a child’s bottle
- fireworks fountaining into a humid night sky above a sweaty crowd, above a glimmering skyline
- water from a sprinkler fountaining around children, droplets flying, slip and slides and snow cones
- a rainbow arcing above the city, a thunderhead hemming in the prairie, ponderous as a mountain
- watermelon juice tracking sticky down a boy’s face and arms and chest, popsicles, corn dogs and funnel cakes
- concentric ripples on a dusky pond at evening, cicadas
- summer corn and sweet tea, fried chicken and washers, lawn chairs and grills
- sundresses and cut-offs, flip flops and bare feet
- festivals and mosh pits, coolers and canoes, road trips
- bear cubs and redbirds
I could go on. But hopefully these images of summer help you get an idea of the wide open scope of the next photo contest on the Dassler Effect, wide as prairie. Summer truly is an amazing season. I encourage you to add your own iconic images of summer in the comments and let’s make this collective brainstorm a thunderhead.
“Lightning in a Bottle: Capturing Summer”
I sit typing in San Antonio, Texas, still in the Central Time Zone of the United States, and wait for the New Year and all I can do is think of past. An hour earlier an aunt from Pakistan calls, recounting to me how they still kept the Hogmanay feast, in a little Scottish mission school in Pakistan, and I am taken back. We decide to watch the Karate Kid tonight as a family. And I am taken back. My sister-in-law remembers wanting to be Ali; I wanted to be Daniel. Johnny Lawrence still sweeps the leg and Daniel still arches in the Crane position and delivers the decisive blow. My little, 8-year-old niece spontaneously bursts into applause, and the magic still works. And that I suppose is an apt enough image of the transfer between years, the old transferred to the new.
But you are not reading this post to hear about my New Year’s musings. The results for A Christmas Carol Photo Contest are in and here you go.
Now, outside the firecrackers are going off, echoing crackers in our kitchen a few minutes ago, and it is a festive start to 2010, indeed. May each of you be richly blessed by God in the coming year and have peace and hope.
Yup, this is a reminder for the photo contest! Get those entries in!