Bridge at Halong Bay, Vietnam
Intimate Landscape issue of Open to Interpretation
A publication that pairs photography with prose and poetry.
Landscapes conjure images of vast, sweeping scenes, but the details captured by a photograph can turn a seemingly impersonal setting into an intimate story. It's up to the artist to define what constitutes an intimate landscape, be it representational, non-representational, urban, suburban or rural.
My grateful thanks to the juror Karen Irvine and to Clare O'Neill, Creator + Manager!
30 images out of 1,500 were chosen for the publication.
Each volume of Open to Interpretation represents a unique collaboration between photographers and writers. The content for each book is sought via two distinct calls for entry/submissions:
Photography "Call for Entry." After judging takes place, the selected images will be posted online.
Writing "Call for Submissions." After viewing the selected photographs online, writers craft and submit an interpretation of an image in poetry or prose. Two written works will be selected for each photograph. All writers are welcome to submit work provided it is written in English, not more than 300 words, and submitted via email. All work must be original and previously unpublished, either in print or electronically.
The collaboration will result in a published book.
Karen Irvine is Curator and Manager of Publications of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago. She has organized over thirty five exhibitions at the MoCP and other institutions and written essays for numerous artist monographs and publications including Art on Paper and Contemporary. Irvine is a part time instructor of photography at Columbia College Chicago. She received an MFA in photography from FAMU, Prague, Czech Republic, and an MA in art history from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Open to Interpretation judges are asked to choose
photographs that speak to them, that have something to say, and/or tell a story. Images will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact and artistic merit. All work is reviewed anonymously by the judge and decisions are final.
Clare O'Neill, Creator + Manager:
"The comment I heard most often regarding my work was "the image tells a story" but I was never sure what story it was telling. When I started to ask I realized that people had their own wildly different interpretations of the images.
Open to Interpretation was the name of my first solo exhibit. There were 12 images and 24 different stories and poems. Friends wrote some of the stories and some were written by people I had never met before the exhibition opening.
I found the interaction between the image and text combined in such a way that the two of them together were greater than either of them independently. At first I just thought it was an interesting twist to an exhibition but found the words added another dimension to the work - allowing me to rediscover the image in ways that I had never imagined.
I'm a tactile person. I love having something to touch and hold. I love books. Beautifully designed and produced books. I find there to be physical connection with the work that doesn't exist when viewing images hanging on the wall. It feels more intimate with a lasting appeal.
I'm also an entrepreneur and find myself creating arts based programs and events. Somewhere, somehow I've always wanted to be part of a creative publishing service. This juried book competition was born of that first solo exhibition - an opportunity for photographers, writers and poets to collaborate and be part of something bigger than themselves.
I'm looking forward to all your interpretations."
Photography Results Posted Online: November 1, 2011
Poetry & Prose Submissions Open: November 14, 2011
Final Deadline: March 14, 2012
Submission Fees: $15 per entry
Poetry + Prose Results Posted Online: March 28, 2012
Scheduled Book Launch: May 2012
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