Discussion in 'photography, graphics & art' started by blossie33, Mar 21, 2018.
Category winner's photographs
Stunning images capture the world around us
Maybe I'm jaded but I wasn't exactly blown away by any of those. The first and the third you posted here are nice.
Yes, I do see what you mean.
There are usually some great photos in the competition though, I will probably go along to Somerset House to have a look when the exhibitions on - 20th April - 6th May.
I went along this morning. There are better photos than the winners - I was a bit baffled as to why they picked the ones they did sometimes, but as long as you can see them all I’m okay.
There are a shedload of photos there in all sorts of categories, and also from people in lots of different countries which is refreshing. My only real complaints were
* it’s fairly pricey to get in, though you save by going during the day and booking online
* many of the pics are part of series which aren’t all up, probably due to there just not being enough room. There are a few screens around that seem to cycle through the rest of them but I have zero patience for that and screens never look as good as prints anyway. Probably the exhibition book would be the best way to see everything.
* Somerset House still has terrible lighting! I don’t understand why, it’s been like that for years. It’s not like these are ancient delicate prints. Just get some new bulbs already.
I went on the first weekend it was open as I got a discounted ticket, went on the Sunday at 10 am when it opened so it wasn't busy and you had chance to read the bits that went with the photos.
I do agree with the 'normal' price of tickets being expensive.
Also that there were other photos I preferred to the chosen winners, I think that's always a matter of taste anyway and you never know what the judges are looking for do you?
I did enjoy seeing the exhibition again this year though.
I'd be happy to have snapped 1 and 3, but I'm not a fan of posed 'wacky' pictures like the second one.
I feel sort of cheated when I find out the picture's not 'real'. Like the 1st photo has had a cabin removed and the swimming one below is a composite. Colour/contrast or whatever, I'm not so bothered about.
That is a swizzle. Do Not Like. They may as well gone for gold and added a stuffed anteater.
I dunno, I liked that one; it pulls together a set of images into a whole that you know is not real but represents reality. I also liked the Andreas Gorsky at the Hayward gallery last weekend and that sort of composite is very much in his style (even the photographer says so explicitly in the blurb).
There was a whole “Enhanced” section btw which is unusual though the results did vary. I was encouraged by the clear variety of cameras and techniques on show, rather than some prizes where basically everyone uses one of two bodies from one of three manufacturers, and one of two lenses for that mount. The winner of “photographer of the year” - 1st Place, "Ex-voto" by Alys Tomlinson | World Photography Organisation - shot on 4x5 film.
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