“Nothing Special” — L.A. Photo Curator

“NOTHING SPECIAL” — L.A. Photo Curator: International Photography Awards – ‘Where Photography & Philanthropy Meet’

Curator Bree Lamb

Lamb says, “From the spontaneity and unpredictability of street photography to the artfully crafted still life to the happenstance urbanscape and far beyond, photographers have long been able to create powerful, beautiful work drawing from the banality of everyday life.

How do you make something compelling out of nothing special? This question has become compounded as the ubiquity of image-making and image-sharing has reached at an all-time peak and is steadily growing through various social media outlets. In a time when we are sharing, “liking,” and viewing more images than ever, how are you
seeing and capturing the world around you?

This call is looking for well-seen images of the everyday – the benign, the boring, the overlooked. I’m curious as to how you view the world, and in particular how you capture the subtle, in-between moments, people and spaces that are such a large part of our daily lives. Whether found, staged, or manipulated, all subject matter and methods of capture are welcome.”

“Other Worlds” SE Center for Photography

“Other Worlds” with juror Tom Chambers

SE Center for Photography
1239 Pendleton Street
Greenville, SC 29611

October 6-28

“We asked to see Other Worlds, real or imagined, dreams, nightmares,
the impossible and the unusual. The SE Center was looking for images that pushed reality to the edges of the frame, staged, contrived or candid, digital,
analog, or antique processes.”

 

Collodion Photogram Workshop Impressions

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l had a wonderful time making wet plate collodion photograms with a fun and talented group of photographers. J Jason Lazarus, a photographic educator at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, had this to say:

“Nadezda did a terrific job with making the material approachable for beginners and advanced alt-pro photographers alike. Although I’ve certainly possessed a basic understanding of the process, she demystified so many elements of this complex process – one that I’ve always seen as magical… From coating the plates with silver through exposure and development, I quickly developed a cautious confidence in what I was doing thanks to Nadezda’s hands-on guidance. Students were encouraged to play with several alternative processing methods that would alter the final result – and that exploration only fueled my interest in the process even more.”

I am grateful to all the participants for making this such a rewarding workshop experience and look forward to seeing the results of their future forays into the process! Again, many thanks to Michael and Chelsea Granger at LightBox Photographic in Astoria, OR, for their hospitality and dedication to antiquarian photography.