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This week’s Shooting Challenge Winner!

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Night Sweats 3 by Zoe Van De Velde

Congratulations once again ago to Zoe Van De Velde, in our final Shooting Challenge of this series.  Zoe has entered every week and brought with her thought provoking ideas and meanings which challenge the standard norms in HIV awareness work.  From the onset in Night Sweats 3, Zoe is illustrating seroconversion from the beginnings of HIV infection.  Though this photograph could also depict advanced HIV infection or possibly AIDS.

Zoe has said she is reminded of the Thom Gunn poem entitled “The Man with Night Sweats’ as he saw his friends dying.

I wake up cold, I who

Prospered through dreams of heat
Wake up to their residue,
Sweat, and a clinging sheet.

My flesh was its own shield:
Where it was gashed, it healed.

I grew as I explored
The body I could trust
Even while I adored
The risk that made robust,

A world of wonders in
Each challenge to the skin.

I cannot be sorry
The given shield was cracked
My mind reduced to hurry,
My flesh reduced and wrecked.

I have to change the bed,
But catch myself instead.

We hope to catch up with Zoe in the near future and talk about her photographs she has shared with us.

An overall winner of the shooting challenge will be chosen on Wednesday 17th December 2014 at the Positive Art exhibition on Charles Street, Leicester.  (Details here)

Thank you to everyone who has participated in the Shooting Challenge, we hope you had fun with your photography as we have had viewing your photographs.

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Shooting Challenge: Week 6 Winner & Week 7: “Anything Goes!”

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Transcendent Ecstasy by Zoe Van De Velde

Congratulations to Zoe Van De Velde, who created this beautiful image depicting unsafe sex.  Auto-erotic asphyxia is a method of increasing sexual excitement by restricting the oxygen supply to the brain, usually by tightening a noose around the neck.  It often arouses interest among the less experienced – curious schoolboys and young men keen to experiment with masturbation in the belief that the practice heightens sensation at orgasm.  What is not passed on is the fact that it can be fatal.

Although statistics have never been recorded in Britain, one US study estimated that there are between 500 and 1,000 deaths from auto-erotic asphyxia every year. An analysis of 135 such cases by the FBI found the average age of the victims was 26.

Photographs of unsafe sex typically centre on the safe use of condoms and staying safe with your partner.  Zoe has photographed is unsafe sex outside of the ‘normal’ realms which all too often, sexual health charities sometimes ignore.  (Read more about the dangers of Asphyxiation here and here).

Zoe has featured in every #ShootingChallenge week, thank you Zoe! You can see Zoe’s work and that of all our Shooting Challenge entrants (up to two weeks ago) at the Positive Art exhibition on Charles Street, Leicester.  (Details here)

This is our LAST WEEK! – an overall winner will be selected on 17th December at the close of the Positive Art exhibition.

WEEK 7: ANYTHING GOES!

For our last Shooting Challenge let’s keep it easy, in some weeks we’ve had few entries and last week we received just one.  We’re throwing the rule book out the window so you can photograph anything, provided there’s a reason for it relating to HIV and what it means to you.   We’ve been thrilled to see your images on HIV, and we hope you’ve had fun creating the images for the challenge!.  This week, with no restrictions we’d love to see what you come up with!  It could be that of community, an image depicting HIV medicine, a red ribbon, fear or sigma you name it! Your photo could be thought-provoking or humorous, colour or monochrome, have a ‘message’ or just be a great shot that tells a story without any words.  As with last week, there’s no photographic technique to use,

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!

THE BRIEF:

Anything goes, simply photograph a representation of HIV or Safer Sex!

THE EXAMPLE

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You no longer need examples! – Check out all the work you’ve done! – Thank you all for participating!

THE RULES:

  • Follow the brief
  • Send your best photos by 6PM on Sunday 14th December 2014 with “Shooting Challenge” in the subject to photography@lass.org.uk and we’ll announce the winner on Monday, 15th December.
  • 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 FirstnameLastnameAnythingGoes.jpg
  • Anyone can enter, regardless of camera gear, or location!
  • The most important rule — HAVE FUN!
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Shooting Challenge: Week 5 Winner & Week 6: “Unsafe Sex”

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HIV Testing by Estelle Keeber

Congratulations to Estelle Keeber, who created a collage of emotions.  Estelle has said there are various emotions when confronted with HIV testing and there is a mix of people to show that HIV and HIV testing can affect everyone.  She also said this is light hearted, hence the exaggerated expressions but the message is clear.  That it is ok to feel however you want about HIV testing, that everyone is different.  You can see Estelle’s work and that of all our Shooting Challenge entrants (up to last week) at the Positive Art exhibition on Charles Street, Leicester.  (Details here)

Other entrants this week are Celia Fisher, Gavin Whyman and Zoe Van-De-Velde, (images below).  Thank you all for your pictures this week and we can’t wait to see what you come up with next week!

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It Started With Me by Celia Fisher

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Powers Of Persuasion by Celia Fisher

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Know your Viruses by Gavin Whyman

 

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Witch Trial by Zoe Van-De-Velde

 WEEK 6: UNSAFE SEX!

As with last week, there’s no photographic technique this week but we do want you the conform to theme.  We’ve spoken about stigma, big phama, chastity, infections, HIV testing & Safe Sex.  This week, we’d like to know how you would photograph Unsafe Sex.  (Now, bear in mind we’re a family blog, so nothing which can be considered pornographic thank you)!

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!

THE BRIEF:

Photograph what you consider unsafe sex to be.  This could be a broken condom, (no condoms)? — drugs, one night stands, alcohol, etc.. get creative and show us how you can represent what unsafe sex can be!  You could be literal, conceptual, funny, clever, thought provoking, depressive, emotive, sexy, it’s all about what you can come up with, and who knows, you could win!

THE EXAMPLE

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Ready & Waiting by Tom Robson

In the photograph above, you see clear signs of substance abuse together with an on-line dating app.  What’s just happened? – The individual is face down, is he conscious? Did he manage to get a fix? Did he manage to find someone before he passed out?  What did he say to them if he did? How will he be looked after?  Can he be assured he’s about to have safe sex? These are just the starting questions from this photograph.  Is there anything in this scene which is safe? – Has he called for an ambulance? What is about to happen?

This shot was quickly set up and posed for, yet it’s connotations are that of unsafe sex. – What will your gaze tell you?

THE RULES:

  • Follow the brief
  • Send your best photos by 6PM on Sunday 7th December 2014 with “Shooting Challenge” in the subject to photography@lass.org.uk and we’ll announce the winner on Monday, 8th December 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 FirstnameLastnameUnsafe.jpg
  • Anyone can enter, regardless of camera gear, or location!
  • The most important rule — HAVE FUN!
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Shooting Challenge: Week 3 Winner & Week 4: Colour & Contrast

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Doug Smith – Winner for Week 3: Perspective

Congratulations to Doug  Smith (again) who has won last week’s shooting challenge! His image will be added to the winners of this and the next 4 Shooting Challenges where an overall winner will be decided and a prize given.

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Light at the end of the tunnel by Estelle Keeber

Estelle coveys in her image, the light at the end of a tunnel, after a HIV diagnoses.  By placing a condom over the end of her camera lens then shooting a light source Estelle has conceptually created a ‘tunnel’ using the means to engage in safe sex.  Estelle has said that she enjoys the abstract nature of this image because it invites the question as to what it could be, furthering the debate.

 

 

 

With ‘Infected’ Zoe denotes both pleasure and pain within the same photograph.  She has said, as the disease normally comes from pleasure, then ultimately causes pain she wanted to use the pain to mark herself externally, (something which many people who live with HIV would want to avoid).  By merging sexual bondage and stigma together, HIV looses it’s power to depress as ownership is declared for the condition.

WEEK 4: COLOUR & CONTRAST

Knowing how to use contrast will help you create eye-catching images. Contrast is a tool that photographers use to direct viewer’s attention to their subject. There are two types: Tonal Contrast and Colour Contrast. Tonal Contrast refers to the difference in tones from the lightest tone to the darkest tone, in other words, the difference in tones from white to gray to black. Colour Contrast refers to the way colors interact with each other.  For more examples and further reading on Colour & Contrast, visit: MyPhotoSchool and Photoinf.

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!

THE BRIEF:

This week, we want you to use colours and tones in your images, your photo’s could be simple, like our example or impressive like some of the examples in the above links.  As always, there must be some link to World AIDS Day, HIV or Sexual Health.

THE EXAMPLE

 

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LASS Panels

These panels were initially a response to a need felt by volunteers of LASS to visibly commemorate and remember the people they have loved who have died from an AIDS defining illness.  Various ideas were thought of from pigeon holes with photographs in, to a wall hanging that could have ribbons tied to it. These didn’t seem to encompass all that we wanted to represent which was a personal statement and a show of affection to the person who had died, but also a public celebration of each life.

The panels consist of beautiful, colourful and contrasting purses hooked onto a quilted backcloth which is decorated with pearls. Each purse celebrates a person who has died.  The purses are made of any fabric volunteers wish e.g. velvets, rubber, brocade, silk etc.. and can be decorated with badges, beads, buttons, sequins or anything that is special to the volunteer and person they are remembering. Inside is a special memento of that person, something only the person who has made the purse knows about.

THE RULES:

  • Follow the brief
  • Send your best photos by 6PM on Sunday 23rd November 2014 with “Shooting Challenge” in the subject to photography@lass.org.uk and we’ll announce the winner on Monday 24th 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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