Thanks to everyone who lent their support to the PrintItForward competition we kicked off a back at the end of January. It was very welcome and you have our gratitude.
Entries closed at the end of February and the panel of judges have finished their deliberations and in a haze of what can only be described as rye, we’re pleased to announce…
…a three-way tie for first place!
Each winner will be receiving one large print from the very generous Shawn Mozmode, whose idea for a giveaway sparked all this; as well one print from either panel members Jonas Lundström or Craig Pindell …or for the unlucky, something from EMULSIVE HQ.
Hang on, a three-way tie? Here’s why:
The competition had quite a bit of activity following its initial announcement and we continued to see people commenting and sharing in the weeks that followed. However, perhaps the stipulation of self-portraits combined with a commitment to send on prints felt a little too much like hard work for some. As a result, we only saw a grand total of three (yes, three) brave souls submit pieces for consideration.
Considering the time and effort these three intrepid trailblazers spent in order to capture and submit their entries, the panel decided that no distinction should be made between them. They’re all winners in our book.
I’m now getting back in to pinhole photography after a 30-year break. I used my original template to make a cardboard pinhole camera and took this self-portrait while testing exposure time and paper speed in my back yard (near Baysville, Ontario, Canada).
The paper was Ilford 4×5 Multigrade RC and exposure was ~15seconds ~f/100. I used Dektol 1:2 for 1 minute to develop the results you see here.
I’m currently teaching workshops/courses in Muskoka (Central Ontario, BC), for kids and adults, using my portable darkroom. Most have never gotten hands and minds on film before and they love it!
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The setting for this photograph is Magnuson Park, in Seattle. The park isn’t that far from my home and I’ll often head over there for some photography if the light looks promising and only have a short window of opportunity.
Although I generally don’t photograph other people’s art, I find this art installation “Fin Art” visually intriguing and have tried to photograph it — always unsuccessfully — on several occasions. And although they were arranged to represent a pod of whales, the sub fins make me think of sharks.
Other things that I don’t normally photograph are people, but I was in the mood for a challenge and liked how Shawn Mozmode made his photographs with his back to the camera. I decided to try this technique in some shots with “Fin Art”, thinking that they‘d give the photo a sense of place. The day was overcast, but bright enough that each fin caught the light on its edge.
When printing, I went for a slightly dark interpretation. I love Poe-esque fiction and would like that vibe to seep into my work.
I shot this with a Bronica SQ-A (using a mechanical self timer) on HP5+ pushed to 800. Printed on Ilford Multigrade Fiber paper.
I took this shot in Saint Paul, Minnesota. I’m fairly new to film, and photography in general, but I work for the city as a videographer and I’ve gotten to know where the best views are to be captured from. After putting in a few hours of work on a surprisingly warm Saturday in late January, I decided to explore a few areas with great views of the Mississippi River and the downtown skyline.
I had my Canon AE-1 loaded with Kodak T-MAX 400, and I was planning to take a picture for this contest. When I arrived at this spot I realized that I left my tripod at home. Luckily, I noticed a short concrete cylinder sticking out of the ground.
The top of it was rough and jagged, and the ground around it was wet and muddy from the melting snow, but I positioned my camera as best as I could, set the self-timer, and hoped for the best. One of my favorite things about film photography is unexpected results, and in this case I think my makeshift tripod made the shot much more interesting.
Thanks again to Sandy, Monika and Josh for getting out and taking the time to capture these shots. Your efforts are what make this community such a lively and interesting place to be.
Hats off to you all and your prints will be in the post very soon.
Keep shooting, folks!