Probably, at this very moment when you read these lines, you are stuck at home during the Coronavirus lockdown, looking out the window and imagining the pictures you could be taking right now.
- Are you a landscape photographer, have you travelled halfway around the world to capture “that” photograph and, at this moment, the farther you go is from the bedroom to the living room?
- Are you a street photographer, and find yourself trying to take candid photos of your wife/husband?
- Are you a wildlife photographer, and last night were you chasing a spider on the kitchen ceiling?
- Every morning you grab your camera and lenses, you prepare the camera bag, you watch two or three YouTube videos and then put everything back on the shelf?
Well, you’re not alone. We are all in the same situation. We, photographers, always need to have one or two ongoing projects, new images in the catalogue to edit, something that keeps us connected to this passion.
And thinking about it, WE HAVE A CHALLENGE FOR YOU!
How to participate?
The challenge we have for you is to document your life and those around you during the lockdown. Grab your camera and shoot some photos around the house.
For example, some candid moments of your family, portraits, self-portraits. A landscape? Why not? Maybe you will enjoy the view from your window in a different way. Do you live in the city? Perfect, you can certainly capture some interesting city views, neon lights, people passing by on the street. Including the frame of the window itself as a frame of the image? Yes, of course, it could be an interesting idea. Architectural photography inside your home could work as well.
You will be able to experiment with techniques you have never used before, such as light painting or double exposures, for example.
What we don’t want:
- That you leave home to photograph. Stay inside. Please. Unless you have a garden, a yard or a terrace, and can come outside without breaking your self-isolation.
- That you go get old photos from your archive to edit them again. That may be an excellent idea, but not for this challenge. Now we want new photos, taken during the lockdown.
- Macros. Or abstract photographs taken to an extreme level. They might be interesting, but they are not representative of this period, you know? That kind of photos can be taken at any time and, at this moment, we want your photos to be explicit about this very particular context that we currently experience.
- In the comments section below, post a photo taken during the lockdown, with a minimum of 1500 pixels on the long side;
- Include a short introduction about yourself, how your interest in photography started;
- Describe your favourite photography genre and how it influenced the photo you submitted;
- A brief description of that photograph;
- The equipment used, settings, accessories (if applicable);
- Include your name and the URL of your website or Instagram account.
A selection of those images and texts may be included in an upcoming issue of Olympus Passion magazine.