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For all my Photo Frenzy friends 🙂 below is a collection of photography competitions I’ve been collecting recently. If you’ve go some fantastic work stashed away somewhere, as I know most of you do, I thought this list would come in handy to win some extra cash and opportunities 🙂 x
Also if you know of any more could you please add them in the comments 🙂

The Camera Obscura Gallery
Photography Exhibition. 52-70 photographers accepted for 6 week exhibition.
Due Date: 22nd June
Exhibition Dates: Sept 18th – October 24th
Prize total: 1,250 US
Entry Fee: $30 US for 3 prints.
http://www.cameraobscuragallery.com/callforentry_june09.html

Where I’m From
Due Date: June 25th
Entry Fee: US  $25 submission
http://www.galleryrfd.org/exhibitions/submit_online.htm

Spaces Gallery
Due Date: 3rd July

Entry Fee: US  $10
www.SPACESgallery.org/application

2009 International Exhibition of Fine Art Photography
Due Date: July 7th

Exhibition dates: October 2 – October 31
Entry Fee: US $35
http://ow.ly/9JZS

Aperture Portfolio Prize
Due Date: 16th July

Entry Fee: US $25
http://www.aperture.org/apertureprize/guidelines.php

Px3 Photography Paris
Due Date: Vary June/July

Entry Fee: US $40-$50 for series
www.px3.fr

Salon 09
Due Date: 31st July

Entry Fee: 10 Pound
www.salon09.co.uk

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A good friend Shona Henderson ask me which piece in the ‘Art of Travel, India’ I liked the best. Which I answered ‘Shop Boxes.’ Unfortunately I couldn’t entirely share with her why I thought it was the best, as the images in this Blog don’t give you the opportunity to look up close to the images and explore the deep individualism of each image. So I though, as I explain to her, I would write some notes on my favourite piece and why.

Art of Travel, Part 1: India – Shop Boxes

'The Art of Travel, Part 1 India'

'The Art of Travel, Part 1 India'

These Shop Boxes are spread everywhere throughout India, so much so you almost don’t see them. They just blend in with the crowded chaos of the Indian landscape. Shop Boxes though are a brilliant idea. A steal or wooden cupboard like enclosure in which people have a shop. ‘A Shop in a Box.’ They save space in a crowded environment, are cost efficient, easily lock up at night and are portable to move with the changing times.

I once interviewed a Mechanical Shop box owner who told my friend who translated to me that every year or so he moves a couple of kilometres up the large road he is on as they keep widening the road and taking up his spot/post.

Types of shops in the boxes range from mechanic shops containing a compressor and many large hung tools, a tailor shop where the owner sits with his sewing machine each day as the clothes to work on are hung up and draped all around the walls of his box, a shoe shop featuring a crowed display if shoes lining the boxes walls with a father and son selling to the passers by, pan and cigarette shops where the owner dishes out pan to regularly visiting auto drivers and boasts that his is the best pan in town, an artists studio where you can sit and have your portrait painted, the morning juice stall, the lunch time chat & food stall and the list just continues and continues.

I love this image as it invites you to explore the many environments in these boxes or how empty and alone they look when they are shut up. Once again exemplifying the environmental changes of mans markings. They are a Box, a quiet deserted box, absent from live until they are opened up and brought to life by their owner.

Twitter Tshirts

So new discovery of Interest. Twitter has a competition at twitter.threadless.com where you can submit tweets to be printed on a T-Shirt. And Twitterers vote on the winning one. Its cool and creative and something to do in your spare time 🙂
I’ve submitted ‘I tweet, therefore I am’ & ‘If its not on Twitter, it never Happened.’
The first on is a modern day Descartes hehe and the second is a play on the photography theory of if you never photographed it you never really know if it happened 🙂
You can vote for me at the following two links: http://thrdl.es/~/b3W http://thrdl.es/~/b3J

The name of this exhibition isn’t my cocky intention to state I am representing the ‘all in all’ of the art in travel. I actually have no idea how to name this series but I wasn’t quiet into the ‘Untitled series’ form of titling yet. ‘The Art of Travel’ is actually a very inspiring and influential book and dvd by Alain De Botton, that I read while studying last year. It’s a must read/watch/laugh if you’re ever confused about traveling and/or why to do it. When watching it I realized that what I was photographing on my travels was not the holiday snaps, or one shot wonders but my own desire to explore something other than my known. Learn about a place by its atmosphere, signs and symbols. Which is explained beautifully by Alain De Botton. I’ve title this series in homage to his book.
I’ve linked it below if you would like to know more.
The Art of Travel

I gave myself 6 weeks to print and prepare for my exhibition and this is how it went.

First priority was to have all my collages finalized and ready for printing. Since I work with such large images I needed a much faster computer than my lovely imac. So I hired a wizz bang 8gb ram PC from Abacus computers and tied myself to my chair for three weeks for some quality Photoshop and coffee time. Eventually the work was done for all but three images, which don’t fit in the exhibition space anyways so I prioritized to complete them at a later date. I was happy very happy with my 9 completed works through and after a weekend off I rushed them to the printers first thing Monday morning.

Working with the printers was easy. I went to Fitzgeralds Photo Lab and the talent printer named PJ or PK, always get confused if he’s pyjamas or gum?. But either way he took control of the project and listen to every inquiry I had.

It took just over a week to print my images and I spent the time writing the press releases, listing publications to send the press releases too, sending out the press releases, when on a giant search for extremely large magnifying glasses, found extremely large magnifying glasses, brought framing material, started my framing, brain stormed with my amazing friend Kerri, wrote sale letters, wrote sale contracts, designed certificates of Authenticity, printed my artist CV, wrote a summary of the project for exhibition display, and proofing plus printing my essay about the exhibition. Pheww! Back to the Lab.

Wow. I when back to the lab to view the printed images and it was like 100 surprises at once. I have dreamed about seeing these images printed at large for soo long and there they were. It was my most memorable experience this year. Once I had viewed and ticked them off they were sent for laminating. I decided to laminate to exhibition prints as its cheaper than framing with glass and peoples sticky fingers are probably going to be all over them after the exhibition. The sold (fingers crossed it’ll be a sell out hehe) prints will be reprinted without laminate though as the colours and contrast look a whole lot better without laminate.

Lamination took another week and I spend this time finishing the frames. And now its all together ready to be hung on the 6th of July 2009 at Little Creatures Fremantle. Which I’m sure is going to be my next most memorable day of the year 🙂

Planned Exhibition Layout

Planned Exhibition Layout

Hi, Wow, always great to come to an absolute blank on your first ever Blog. Especially when it’s on yourself. ummmm Well I intend to use this blog for discussing thoughts on books, artworks and general jibber jabber on whats it all about. Then I’ll do the hokey pokey and I’ll turn around cosss That’s what its all about. According to Jimoen anyway. My main passions in life is Art and Photography. I am an emerging artist with my first Solo Exhibition coming up on 22nd June 2009 (How Fecken Exciting 🙂 ).  The work I’ll be displaying is a visual photographic study on the Travellers Gaze. The work is influenced by the strategies that photographers Berna & Hilla Becher’s use of photographing many elements that are the same but showing how each and every one is uniquely different, then combining all these photographs in a structured college to exemplify that unity and variety. I use this technique to explore what a travellers gaze is really enlightened by when travelling, for example, when you get off an air plane and walk into an airport, that place of the airport could be any where in the world, but you’ll look up and around for the signs of difference, exotic and/or otherness which will spark the excitement we enjoy in travelling, these signs could be simply the unrecognisable writing on a sign, or the sounds of unfamiliar accents.

The elements of India that I have photographed for exploring are Auto Rickshaws (Front, Side, & Back), Doors, Windows, Signs, Gates, traffic, buildings, post boxes and shop boxes for now. The images consist of over 280 different photos of these elements from all around India. I wish to entice the viewer to explore the differences and similarities in the colleges, which will create a familiarity with the environment of India and reenact the sense of travel in a gallery or in my case a space in a very funky and popular Brewery 🙂  The images are large in size, over 1m x 1m and accompanied by a large magnifying glass which will be used to heighten the sense of exploring and observing the images. So that is something about me and my art. Please don’t hesitated to comment 🙂 x