New York in­spires photo com­pe­ti­tion

Geraldton Guardian - - The Sauce - Francesca Mann

In 2010, an Amer­i­can pho­tog­ra­pher picked up his cam­era and started snap­ping por­traits on the streets of New York.

Al­though Bran­don Stan­ton orig­i­nally planned to cap­ture 10,000 por­traits, the project quickly de­vel­oped a large fol­low­ing on­line and the pop­u­lar Hu­mans of New York pho­to­blog was born.

The blog has spawned thou­sands of sim­i­lar projects around the world, and now it’s Ger­ald­ton’s turn to cap­ture im­ages of the peo­ple that live, work and play in the city.

At 6.30pm on Thurs­day, pho­tog­ra­phers of all ages and skill lev­els are in­vited to the Arts and Cul­tural Devel­op­ment Coun­cil of Ger­ald­ton’s com­mu­nity gallery for a pho­tog­ra­phy com­pe­ti­tion.

Jointly run by ACDC and MG Pure Im­ages, the com­pe­ti­tion re­quires par­tic­i­pants to hit the streets of Ger­ald­ton, ask a stranger five ques­tions and snap a por­trait of them.

Par­tic­i­pants will have just two hours to com­plete the chal­lenge and their cam­era must be set to man­ual mode.

Pho­tog­ra­pher and MG Pure Im­ages owner Melissa Weir said she would of­fer tips and tricks on the night but en­cour­aged par­tic­i­pants to let their cre­ativ­ity flour­ish.

“I re­ally want it to be left to the in­di­vid­ual, I don’t want to di­rect any­one,” she said. “I’ll be giv­ing some ba­sic guide­lines, ex­am­ple ques­tions, and when it comes to how to set up the photo, I’ve sug­gested things like the back­ground, light­ing.

“But I want it to be their own work and to ac­tu­ally cap­ture the true essence of some­body with just five ques­tions.” The fi­nal im­ages will be ex­hib­ited at the gallery on March 22 when the ACDC board will an­nounce the win­ner.

The com­pe­ti­tion win­ner will re­ceive an overnight stay in a pre­mium stu­dio apart­ment at the Ger­ald Apart­ment Ho­tel.

Pho­tog­ra­phers will be able to take their printed im­ages home af­ter the ex­hi­bi­tion or they can choose to sell them in the gallery. The com­pe­ti­tion costs $20 to en­ter, with all pro­ceeds go­ing to ACDC.

Ms Weir, who is the ACDC trea­surer, said she had been sit­ting on the idea for a year and thought it would be a great way to raise funds for the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“On Face­book a year ago I saw this guy tak­ing pho­tos of strangers in New York,” she said.

“I thought it was re­ally in­spir­ing and won­dered if we could do it here.

“I’ve al­ways wanted to run this com­pe­ti­tion, so I thought I’d do it and try to sup­port ACDC as well. Come down and give it a shot, this is what life is about.”

I want it to be their own work and to ac­tu­ally cap­ture the true essence of some­body with just five ques­tions. Melissa Weir

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