Saturday, 21 September 2019

A photography contest shows the spread of a virus does not stop the spread of creativity - The Washington Post

A photography contest shows the spread of a virus does not stop the spread of creativity

In early April, an international call for entries to photographers, professional and amateur, was made by two companies that wanted to see global visual stories from the coronavirus pandemic. BOOM and Manfrotto launched the Inner Outlook contest with the goal of showing the creativity that can bloom in such an unprecedented time of crisis. They received more than 800 entries from over 25 countries, ranging from the Americas to Europe, Asia and Africa.
Federico Mattia Dolci, BOOM CEO and co-founder, said in a news release about the contest, “This is not just a project. It’s a call of duty, beyond any boundaries and barriers, celebrating our great love for photography. These days, thousands of photographers around the world are facing the same situation. We asked them to join us in a magnificent message of hope and creativity.”
Thirty winning images were chosen by nine jurors. (Disclosure: I was one of the jurors.)

“These days are a slow coming-and-going from bed, an intimate bond with the usual pajama, a forgotten routine made up of makeup. We just look at ourselves in the mirror, we curse ourselves for having eaten out of boredom more and more every day, we make ourselves presentable perhaps just for a video call among friends, who are now used to seeing us with glasses, removing makeup, without a bra. I feel stiff in a body that no longer moves, dormant at the play of a mind that repeats the same slow routine every day.” March 2020, Milan. (Giorgia Dal Molin)
“Since I have been in quarantine, I’ve been trying to follow the news from reliable sources, to be aware of what is happening around me. Though I worthy it very important to be up to date, after a few weeks I have realized that I had enough: I began to read and listen less and less and preferred to escape to 'my little world,' whether it means my projects or nostalgia — anything unless facing the facts. Facing that I have no idea that in the current plot when will I be able to visit my family in Hungary, that in my country the democracy is turning into an autocracy in the plot of emergency, and that this virus will have unforeseen consequences on our lives. Just to mention some, which affect me. So in a nostalgic moment I decided to choose the best 'escapade' I can do at home: I have built myself a blanket fort. The irony of fate that when I set up my tripod to document my 'nook,' my boyfriend rushed into the living room to listen the new announcement of (French President Emmanuel) Macron about the extension of the confinement. It’s not possible to completely escape our reality.” April 2020, Paris. (Katalin Száraz)
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