Produce one image that is derived from a folk/fairy tale suitable for use as one of the following;
Fashion Editorial or Book illustration
This image must have been made specifically for this project since the 3rd of March 2017.
The original tale chosen
From the ’80s to the early ’90s, child abductors dressed up as clowns terrorized a number of towns in the US. One notable incident happened in May 1981, when police officers from Brookline, Massachusetts released a bulletin regarding a mysterious van lurking near the local elementary school. A clown or group of clowns hiding inside the vehicle allegedly used candies to lure young victims towards the van. The most recent sighting took place in Chicago, Illinois where a community alert was subsequently issued in late 2008. The similarities were striking: An unidentified man was spotted wearing clown makeup and offering balloons to lure children into his white van.
Idea plus research to support the planned direction:
This set project I chose to approach as a fashion photojournalist who is sent to Gran Canaria Carnival to capture an image that would trigger the viewer’s memory to any kind of Folk/Fairy tale. The image would be shot in Fashion Editorial style and it will be used as VICE magazine cover for the last two weeks of March to finish up the carnivals that have been going on around the world from February until March.
Examples of different monthly covers for vice magazine:
All the covers look very dull with the colours and there is not much going on in them to distract the eye and also there is a lot of awkwardness in the cover photos.
Images from previous carnivals in Las Palmas
On the carnival, there will be various types of characters and costumes that would remind of some folk/fairy tales.
My images from the carnival
For the final image, I chose the picture with a clown what immediately reminded me of folk stories about clown kidnappers. I also edited the final image in the style of VICE cover images what looks slightly desaturated and with little bit sepia tone in it.
To achieve this I was holding a flash gun in my left hand and pointed it from above and as much as possible away from the camera to the left side.
There was and questionnaire what needed to be filled in to get accepted for the competition. You can see the questions and my answers here below.
PLEASE ANSWER THE FOLLOWING (100 WORDS MAX PER ANSWER):
HOW would you Describe your photography?
Mostly I shoot fashion because I like working with people and working with a team I get a lot of inspiration and motivation for projects. My photography comes from passion. I Like to create images that make people stop and think for a while.
Why do you think your work is commercially appealing?
Because my work is technical side is very commercial, I like to light up the subject and bring attention to it while having a pleasant view on the background.
Why do you want to BE a commercial Photographer?
Because I like challenges and being a commercial photographer you have to make the product look better than it actually is and that’s what makes me excited about photography, being challenged and overcoming the challenges.
What, in your opinion, does the future hold for photography?
Future is very bright for photography although mobile phone cameras are getting better and DSLR’s are getting cheaper what makes it available for everyone but professionalism, knowledge, and experience what divides and will always divide professionals and amateurs.
LPA FUTURES COMPETITION – TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Be over 18 years old.
Be based within the UK.
Be emerging talent i.e. actively engaged in seeking a career as a professional/commercial photographer and beginning to gain recognition in the industry.
Produce work that is relevant to the Lisa Pritchard Agency and its clients.
Only submit work that was produced after November 2012.
Agree to enter into the LPA contract (standard photographers/agents contract), which will be provided to all shortlisted photographers who make it through to Round 2 of the judging process.
Provide at least 1 printed portfolio. Edit and advice on presentation to be provided by LPA.
Have a website. Edit and advice on presentation to be provided by LPA.
Invest their time and a few marketing funds in promotion over the 2 year contract period, details and costs to be discussed before signing LPA contract.
A total of 20 images to be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please only submit work that you feel is a good representation of your style and is relevant to LPA’s client base
LPA website for more details.
There is no entry fee.
CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES 10 PM 10TH FEBRUARY 2017
JPEG, 72 dpi, A4, RGB – e-mails should not exceed 5MB. All files must be labeled with the entrant’s full name and numbered 01-20 (e.g. lisapritchard01.jpeg).
It’s essential that all images can be reproduced to 20”x30”, 300 dpi, CMYK for the LPA Futures exhibition.
The goal is to select 5 photographers who demonstrate the potential to be successful commercial photographers.
We are looking for emerging photographers who have the potential to gain commissions from communication agencies and businesses directly to advertise products and services. In our experience, photographers who succeed in this area have a recognizable or ‘signature’ style, their work has a strong identity and often evokes an emotion. Aside from having a good eye and being technically faultless, good commercial photographers have a certain something that makes their photography memorable and engaging, whether that’s defined by an aesthetic or a subject matter, or both.
Upon signing the LPA Futures contract, photographers will be represented by LPA Futures for a period of 2 years, subject to the terms of the contract. The winners’ work will be displayed in the LPA Futures exhibition, which will be introduced to the industry for the first time at a private view in May 2017. LPA will contact the 5 winning photographers via telephone or email by 21st April 2017; please note unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted.
In addition to representation with Lisa Pritchard Agency for a 2 year period, all winners will receive the following prizes:
– £250 worth of lighting hire, a day’s studio hire and training course from Direct Photographic.
– £250 voucher towards a bespoke portfolio/portfolio bag from Delta Design.
– 4 30 x 20” C Type foamboard mounted exhibition prints and a 20% discount on C Type matt folio prints from Metro Imaging.
– A free ‘Shine Online’ website review and detailed analysis worth £200. Shine Online is a new and exciting collaboration between Manage My Website, experts in designing websites for photographers, and LPA.
– 1 hour of free legal advice from Swan Turton LLP. Please note this legal advice must be related to photography.
– £250 voucher towards insurance from William Carson/Chubb.
All prizes must be redeemed within the 2 year Contract period.
I looked through the other photographer’s portfolio who work for Lisa Pritchard Agency (LPA) and their work looks very polished, tidy and clean commercial photography. After looking through their previous winners for the futures competition and I was surprised that I didn’t see any fashion photographers, there was one photographer who had a little bit of fashion in her portfolio, though. Even after looking through their Photographers portfolio I still didn’t see any fashion photographers, there are more food, fine art and social photographers and all in high-end commercial style. Maybe they are not looking for fashion photographers or maybe they haven’t seen anyone who they like so far, so maybe there is a chance for me. Here below you can see the list of the photographers and previous LPA future winners.
I chose 19 images to submit for this competition and I had to create one more that would represent my signature style. My style is fashion photography, I like using various lighting set-ups to make the subject more interesting. I decided to do fashion style test shoot in the studio. I organized a model and makeup artist and asked the model to bring white clothes with her as I was planning to have the bright background for this shoot. The model just recently got 15 and she looked much younger than on the pictures I saw of her. Her height was 5,3ft and I saw it as a challenge to get a decent picture from her first but then during the shoot I realized that I have tho go very low to make her look tall. Going through the photos I was quite happy with one image what I will use for this competition. Here below is four images where from I chose one for the submission.
I chose a picture of her in portraiture style where she is holding right hand on her hip, its first above this text. I think this is the strongest image out of these four. The lighting suits her clothes better than on the other pictures because her clothes are properly lit up and the background color is not much darker than her clothes. Although her face expression is almost same on every picture but on the picture that I chose her careless expression and dominant pose match very well with the style of clothes she is wearing.
Here below are all 20 images that I submitted for the LPA Futures competition
To enter you must like and follow our City Art Centre Facebook page. Post your entry on our City Art Centre Facebook page using the hashtag #CaptureEdinburgh. Only one entry per category will be accepted. On your Facebook post state the title of your photograph, location was taken and the category you are entering, also using the following hashtag. #CaptureEdinburgh
You must also post a paper copy (no need for a quality print at this stage, just something for us to reference at judging stage) to the following address:
Capture Edinburgh Photography Competition
Learning and Programmes
City Art Centre
2 Market Street
On the back of the hard copy write your
Name of Photograph
Category you are entering
To get photographs for this competition I went to Edinburgh to take pictures from the Scottish Parliament building and also of Holyrood Park. I was fortunate to get nice weather and beautiful sky what made the hunt for the pictures much easier because from the beginning I was planning to capture Edinburgh showing the cloudy sky on the background. In total, I thought I had at least 4 images to choose between but ended up only 2 images that I liked and are quite competitive but the choice of the final image was easy for me. Below you can see 4 images were from I chose the final photo for the contest for „In all weathers“ category.
First two what I liked was the shot from Scottish Parliament Building and the second one from Holyrood Park. The other two images I didn’t like at all as they look too amateurish and look more like quick snaps rather than photographs. From the two chosen photographs I decided to use the one with Holyrood park for the contest because it looks more artistic than the one from the parliament. Before taking the picture from Holyrood park, when I was looking at it I saw in my head Andreas Gursky’s photograph what is most expensive photograph ever sold in the world and the price was $4,3 million. These horizontal parallel lines start from the foreground and go all the way up till the background where is the bright cloudy sky. The cyclist fits the picture very well to show the scale and to match the colors of the sky with his blue jacket. This image fits the „All weathers“ category as there is said Edinburgh with dull and leaden skies, with bright skies. On the picture, you don’t see Edinburgh so much but the Holyrood park is in the background and the mountain is very well known.
I chose between these four photos that I think are the strongest ones in my portfolio. I looked through each image to find mistakes what could bring the points down to win that competition. The first image below that I shot in a studio in high key lighting is really strong and eye-catching but I decided to leave it out because of the empty background where is no interest and nowhere to look at what wouldn’t stand out so well. The picture with the red dress I thought straight away that this is a good picture but there is no chance that it could win this year because last year’s winning photograph was also with the red dress and I think they want something different for this year’s image so that picture is out. I like the third image below that I shot earlier this week, I think it would be interesting for judges to look at but don’t think that it’s good enough to win as the picture looks a little bit messy.
The B&W photo where the model is holding her hands on her hips and looking on the right side, I decided to use this image for calumet student photographer of the year because I believe this is one of my strongest images that I have in my portfolio at the moment. What I like about the photo is that the whole process behind it was really easy and simple. This image is shot from a lower angle looking up having BBC Glasgow building wall for the background. The model dress suits with the background very well and the leading lines on each side of the model keep the viewer attention in the center of the photograph. In photoshop I turned the image into black and white colors and draw a square around the model and turned outside of the square into negative color what gave nice overall effect. I like the model pose and face expression what suits very well.