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Photo Challenge – THE WAY

We are always keen to help out right and like thinking folks to ourselves and have agreed to test out this new function on the Photocrowd site. It allows us to set a challenge to which you can contribute pictures. It is great fun and for Photocrowd a learning experience. You never know it might become a regular feature. Have a go, send in some pictures we would love to know your way. Go here

The challenge we have set is titled THE WAY

You can interpret this in any way that interests you, it could be a path, a thoroughfare, a process (the way to do something), or something more spiritual; how you interpret and what you produce is up to you. Photography is more than simply recording what is in front of you, it is your unique way of seeing, showing others your vision is what makes being a photographer such a thrilling experience. Before you start shooting think about what you would like to say and how you would like to do that. It might be that an image with lines leading somewhere speaks to you, think of the wonderful Bill Brandt landscapes; or you might like to consider something more esoteric and represent your ideas about a spiritual way. Making pictures is about you and not anyone else so think about what matters to you. For this challenge you do not have to shoot new pictures, we would be happy for you to reconsider images you have in your archive and send us those.

Our purpose is education, that is what The OSP is for and there are no better teachers than the masters of photography. Here are some ideas from the greats of photography

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Norway – Piotr Trybalski/www.tpoty.com

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Bill Brandt

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Dorothea Lange

Henri Cartier-Bresson

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Henri Cartier Bresson

 

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Sebastiao Salgado

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_DSC2712; Kara Tribe, Omo Valley, Ethiopia, 08/2012, ETHIOPIA-10032.  Silhouette of a young girl running into the sunset. Running at Sunset retouched_Sonny Fabbri MAX PRINT SIZE: 40X60

Boy in mid-flight, Jodhpur, India, 2007 At the foot of the vast Mehrangarh Fort, one can find the Blue City, a small tightly knit maze of houses located towards the north of Jodhpur. In one of the narrow alleyways a boy flees McCurry's camera. Balancing three intersecting planes of colour - one of which is covered in stark red handprints - the image pulsates with energy as a young boy dashes through the narrow alleyways. At the foot of the vast Mehrangarh Fort, one can find the Blue City, a small tightly knit maze of houses located towards the north of Jodhpur. Balancing three intersecting planes of colour - one of which is covered in stark red handprints - the image pulsates with energy as a young boy dashes through the narrow alleyways. Phaidon, IP page 6, final print_poster Unguarded Moment_Book Iconic_Book final print_MACRO final print_Genoa final print_Sao Paulo retouched_Sonny Fabbri

Steve McCurry

 

 

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