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Thursday, July 2, 2009

I'm Holding A Contest

I’ve been thinking about magazines lately since I can’t pass a newsstand without scoping out the covers. Now I don’t buy magazines like I used to (no more expense account), but I’m always looking to see if something catches my eye and hooks me.

Magazines pretty much tell the same story over and over again: a feature on a business owner, a designer, someone who did something newsworthy; or maybe it’s about how I can lose 20 pounds in an hour and a half; maybe the best clothes, hair, makeup, life I can buy from the starlet of the moment—it doesn’t matter, it never really changes. Maybe that’s why magazines are failing—nothing they offer is new.

It got me wondering how a photographer approaches shooting something that we’ve all seen over and over. The best photographers renew the genre, offering some extra insight in their image that makes it stand out. The journeymen just make it look good.

I want to challenge whoever is reading this blog post to enter into a little contest I’m proposing. Find someone with an interesting story to tell and shoot him or her as if you’re on assignment. Imagine you’re shooting for a cover story. There are no limits, I’m curious to see what shows up. Here’s the challenge: Can you make a compelling portrait that tells me all about this person without any words to tell me who they are?

Send entries to The limit is 3 images per person and the deadline is August 1. I’ll be publishing and commenting on what I like. There is no ultimate prize, except a chance for you to challenge yourself to do something creative.

I hope you all take me up on this. Digg it Facebook MySpace Slashdot Technorati Stumbleupon Twitter


Blogger thebanana said...

Is there a deadline?

July 03, 2009  
Blogger Stella Kramer said...

Let's say August 1.

July 03, 2009  
Anonymous Roberto said...

Hi Stella,
I got your blog through Google and it sounds very interesting for me.

So, I am going to take part in this contest and hope to share other ideas about photography.

July 13, 2009  
Blogger Dore Hammond said...

Like your blog and "contest" sounds like fun, no pressure. I tried to send you my photos but when I clicked on the address in the blog it did not seem to work. Can I e mail you my images to another address? Thanks. Dore

July 24, 2009  
Blogger Stella Kramer said...

just send an email with your photo to that email address

July 24, 2009  

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