Congratulations to Mitchell Dutfield who has won last week’s shooting challenge! His image will be added to the winners of this and the next 6 Shooting Challenges where an overall winner will be decided and a prize given. ‘Big Phama’ is the idea that there is more financial gain from HIV medicine than there is in research for a cure. His photo depicts currency, drugs and HIV symbolism ring fenced away from humanity symbolised by planet Earth. The two cultures are quite separate; those who need HIV drugs (or money to obtain them) in order to survive and those who need people with HIV, in order to satisfy shareholders. It’s a contrasting view not shared by most people yet the idea stands.
Our other entrant is Zoe Van-De-Velde who scored a HIV symbol into her body. Is she telling us her status? Is she in solidarity with people living with HIV or could this be a statement that many people wear a red ribbon to be fashionable around World Aids Day? Would people balk at the idea of bearing the HIV mark directly on their body or would people prefer to obtain a free ribbon which can be cast away at the end of World AIDS Day awareness? – Pain, blood and a semi-permanent marking is the opposite to what most people living with HIV would desire, yet there is a ritualistic component to identity and symbolism. Combined with the sexiness of this image it’s provocative both for HIV & AIDS awareness and that you can still be sexy, even though you ‘bear the mark’.
Week 2: Negative Space
Last week, we received many questions, “I don’t know what to photograph” & “I don’t understand my camera” & “I’m scared to submit a photograph” & “Please extend the deadline” so this week (and all future weeks) we’ll set the theme and explain a little which we hope will help. (We’ve even extended the deadline to Sunday evening). You should know, that you do not need to be a photographer to join into this competition and if your a student of the art, we’d love to see your ideas and pictures)! Almost everyone has a camera on their phone, everyone is capable of taking photographs – we’d like to tap into this, get creative with the gear you already have, it’s not about the tech, it’s about YOU!
This week, we want you to incorporate negative space within your photograph. If you’re unsure what that is, it’s quite simply, the space that surrounds an object in a image. Just as important as that object itself, negative space helps to define the boundaries of positive space and brings balance to a composition. For more on negative space, see Udemy and Photographymad.
Use negative space when composing your image.
You could photograph a red ribbon in a new and unique way, you could draw attention to an object which you feel is connected to sexual health. It could be serious, or funny, outrageous or calm. It’s up to you! – And to make it even easier, expand beyond HIV into sexual health. Sexual health is about protecting yourself from sexually transmissible infections (STIs) or not having to face an unplanned pregnancy. It means taking responsibility for your body, your health, your partner’s health and your decisions about sex.
Clean sheets in the bedroom, fresh, calm and ready for sex. Not unlike the clean and calm aesthetic found within negative space in photography. This could have been a wide shot showing chocolates on the pillows, candles burning with desire beside the bed with the lover as he or she reclines on the bed.
Instead, in harsh monochrome, your focus is drawn to the reality of a wrapper on the bed, forcing the decision of safer sex. The the bed and pillows are hardly apparent and you’re drawn to the condom, over and again begging for it’s use, or begging to be forgotten.
Image details: f/4.5, 1/60 sec ISO: 2000. In-camera settings modified for sharp monochrome
- Follow the brief
- Send your best photos by 6PM on Sunday 9th November 2014 with “Shooting Challenge” in the subject to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll announce the winner on Monday 10th November as we set the theme for next week’s shooting challenge.
- Submissions must be your own work.
- Photos must be taken after the challenge was published; so no existing shots please.
- Explain briefly in your submission email the equipment, settings, technique used and the story behind the image/images.
- We will of course credit you so if you have a website or twitter handle, let us know! – If you’re happy for us to use the images elsewhere on our site – do let us know!
- Save your image as a JPG, and use the following naming convention FirstnameLastnameEasy.jpg
- Anyone can enter, regardless of camera gear, or location!
- The most important rule — HAVE FUN!
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