New York inspires photo competition
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