Being Human Photo Contest – July 2016
This contest is now over.
Welcome to our Being Human Photo Contest!
All are welcome to participate. You can submit two images and vote on ten.
“All human beings have three lives: public, private, and secret.”
― Gabriel García Márquez,
This month we are looking for figurative work (any textile/fiber art technique) which talks about being human. Never in recorded history has our world been documented like it is today, with over a trillion photos taken each year. Yet, most of this is ephemeral, contained on the web or on electronic devices that could disappear in the event of a catastrophe…
From all of that information, choices made about how to interpret the world into art become especially significant. Digital tools open new horizons in design and execution, but in the end, the process of making and creating involves time, work, and permanence. There is also an interesting conversation that happens when art captures a moment in history, suspending that act indefinitely, and when that same piece then informs life. We see this all the time with recreations of famous paintings, plays, books, and other art, interpreted over and over by a new generation.
Mona Lisa, for example, remains an icon in our popular culture as her portrait makes its way into jokes, cartoons, and references. Her face and enigmatic smile is recognized by any literate person who pays a bit of attention to culture.
Leonardo da Vinci (who painted her original portrait) is also famous for the Vitruvian man. Much of his work brought art and science together and this TED video also points at the spiritual discussion taking place during his time about where humans fit in the cycles and hierarchies of life:
Isaac Hou, a street performer in Taiwan, has been described as the living Vitruvian man. Life informs art and art informs life and the cycle goes on and on…
We have figurative work on TAFA that captures the essence of what it means to be human. Gabriel García Márquez’s quote at the top is universal to us all and art challenges us to capture the public, private and secret worlds into snapshots that may give some insight into our human condition or perhaps raise a question about an inner world.
Inspiration on Being Human
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Photo must show a human (aliens and dolls allowed if they are two legged). The human can be art or it can be a real human wearing or holding art. All textile and fiber art techniques welcome.
You are allowed to photoshop your image and make it into art. In other words, you can manipulate the photo in any way you want, but the story that is being told is about being human. You must own your photo and the work shown. Vintage is allowed. Collages are NOT allowed. (The photo must be one seamless image.) Watermarks are allowed on the photo, but cannot be in the center of the image and should be like a signature, not taking over the image.
Please Read the Rules!
Photos that do not follow them will be deleted!
Image size: 1200 pixels square, saved as a jpeg at 72 dpi.
- Anyone is welcome to participate. Each participant can submit two photos.
- You must own the copyright to the photos you post.
- We retain the right to delete any photo that is poorly done or inappropriate for a family audience. You will get a notice of deletion and will be able to submit something else.
- After submitting the photo, it will be held for approval and then posted on this page.
- Image size: 1200 pixels square, saved as a jpeg at 72 dpi. Please note: rectangular images are cropped to a square automatically, so you might lose an important part of the photo if it is accepted.
- There is a text field for a short one liner when you submit. That will be posted to our Facebook page. You can add more text to the image once we post it there.
- Submissions will be added to this album on our Facebook page: TAFAList Submissions will be loaded 3x a day or when there are a bunch to do at once. (Just check the page until you see your images there.)
- Deadline for submissions: July 12th 10 PM Central US Time
- Anyone can vote! Hover over the image and click on the heart. You can vote on ten different photos.
- Help your favorites win by sharing their photos with your peeps.
- Deadline for voting: July 13th 10PM Central US Time
- Winners: First and Second places
- 1st and 2nd place winners get an ad on our site. 1st place for one year and 2nd place for one month: Classifieds on TAFA Our ads get great visibility and show randomly on our blog page. (Note: Winner does not need to have a business and can use the ad to promote a favorite charity or anything else, upon approval.)
Upload link will show up when contest is live and then disappear when it is over.
To vote, hover over image and click on heart.
Problems? Contact rayela @ comcast.net. (remove spaces)
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