Posts Tagged ‘Landscape Photography’

Hey There,
Just updating some more Photo Awards & Competitions I’m running into.
I’ve also found the following two sites helpful for writing Artist Bios and Statements. I’m just so awkward when it comes to writing about myself and this information really helped to work through it 🙂
PH.Art Gallery
All year round photo compeitions

Photo Enter
Weekly photo competitions

Shoot Experience
Monthly photographic competitions
http://www.shootexperience.com/PIX Digital Imaging Contest

Monash Art Gallery
August 7th   09

Pix Digital Contest
Aug 21st 09

World in Focus
Aug 24th  09

Aesthetica Magazine
31st Aug 09
UK   based

Ultimate Music Moment
Sept 8th  09

Travel Photographer of the year
22nd September  09

The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards
27th Sept  09
Small Spaces, Big Creations competition
2nd Oct   09

Sony World Photography Awards
Dec 4th  09

October Exhibition Submit

Infinity Art Gallery
Online Art Gallery

Art Event Productions
Career support for artists


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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.

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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

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