I am dumfounded by the number of times I use “I” while writing this blog. But popular opinion confirms that a certain about of narcissim is inherent in the act of blogging…period. I suppose I could start writing about the food quirks of the famous. It’s election season in the US, anyone want to talk about Jimmy Carter and peanuts? I didn’t think so. This next Call encourages a healthy dose of narcissism. Be your own muse…
Check out this Call for Entries from the Darkroom Gallery (Essex Junction, VT) for id – The Object of Self. The entry fee at Darkroom is always low ($20), and they will provide free matting & framing if you work in their standard sizes. The jury method for this one is a change from the norm. Take a look…
*Editor’s Note: If you enter, please make sure to let them know that you found the Call on ArtAndArtDeadlines.com. We’ve got a great history with them…including Best of Show! I entered this one myself. You’ve got a little time left…don’t miss out.
CALL for ENTRIES:
id – The Object of Self
The self-portrait: Is it your compulsion? Your obsession? An impulse?
Was it out of necessity (the mandatory Photo 101 exercise, a portrait for the office newsletter, or because you needed to self-promote)? Is it the autobiographical record you decided was best told in image?
Sometimes we have to step in front of the lens – we can’t seem to communicate what we want to others, or maybe we’re just the most convenient choice for a model (the least expensive, for sure). Even if we got there by default, there is no one better able to translate our vision to the camera than ourselves. Perhaps you were experimenting with persona or striving for a personal perfection? Were you desperately seeking Self?
For those willing to dig deep and bare all, the self-portrait is a reward for your bravery – because whether you love it or hide it in the depths of your archives for decades, you’ve learned from it. Whatever your intention, there is nothing closer to an authentic portrait, than to sit both behind and in front of the lens. And whether for totally narcissistic or completely humble intents – you have to admit, it’s you.
ELIGIBILITY: Entrants must be at least 18 years old. If younger, you must have a legal guardian make the submission for you.
August 22, 2012
September 5, 2012
JUROR: Cig Harvey exhibits internationally, teaches internationally, and photographs everywhere in between. She balances her always imperative personal imaging pursuits with a large number of commercial clients. She is published widely, has won numerous awards, and retains a reputation as an instructor/mentor that leaves waiting lists worldwide.
Cig will choose a Juror’s Choice and honorable mentions, but otherwise, it’s all YOU! Each of you who submits your self-portraits will be able to vote for up to four images (including one of yours if you’re that confident!). No anxiety here…images will be anonymous, labeled with titles and medium only if provided by their authors. You will not know who you are voting for, and your peers will not know who you voted for. Only those who make a submission will have access to vote. Though you are not required to vote, by submitting your images, you give the other submitters the right to view (and vote for) your images. The 50 to 60 images that get the most votes will be showcased in our gallery and online.
AWARDS: All selected entries are exhibited in the gallery and included in a full color exhibit catalog. Juror’s Choice receives a 20×35″ vinyl exhibit banner featuring their image. People’s Choice gains free entry into a future exhibit.
SALES: Darkroom offers free matting and framing of accepted entries for the duration of each of their exhibitions, subject to standard sizes. Photographers set their own prices if they wish to sell their work and retain all rights to their photographs. For commission details, go to the bottom of the Submisssion Rules page!