Congrats to all the winners and honourable mentions. A big shout out to Daniel Berman and the judges – A global awards show with world-class standards. Link to site: http://mobilephotoawards.com
I’m still struggling with dichotomies that the internet presents; especially in relation to artistic expression. Yes, I’m delighted that the ‘gatekeepers’ of old have been banished to analog history. Yes, I’m thrilled and enthralled by the explosion of creativity and freedom that the technology now affords everyone with access to a keyboard. But more is not necessarily better. Without curation, of any kind, isn’t there the danger that genuine nuggets of sheer brilliance become submerged in a tsunami of drivel and dross? How to achieve gravitas in an insta-everything world, where attention spans are measured in microseconds and ideas and thoughts are relegated to mere trinkets and trivia for insta-consumption: Or as the industry jargon would say – ‘creative content’. An oxymoron if there ever was one. I could be accused of elitism – and you’d probably be right. But it’s worth bearing in mind, that the analog elitism of old invested time and money in nascent artistic talent that, although not guaranteeing a livelihood, certainly provided for the possibility of financial security down the line. Today, even the most talented and successful musicians are paid a pittance by online streaming sites like Spotify. The ‘Long-Tail’ business model, that owners of the distribution channels like Google and YouTube expound, are very profitable for them – less for the creators of that ‘content’. A pittance multiplied by a thousand ‘hits’ is still a pittance. A thousand ‘hits’ multiplied by quadrillions of sites makes the shareholders of those channels very happy indeed. I understand Godin when he says the onus is now on you – the creator- to create. No excuses. No gatekeepers to block your way. Build a ‘market’ of 100 believers in your creativity – forget about mass markets. But creative people have bills as well. Some people are getting very rich indeed when creative people say “Yes” – but I can assure you; it’s not the creators.
Trevor Hart, a Dublin-based, British-born photographer, has been working on a photographic book and exhibition project for the past two years entitled ‘Bare’. Countless artists, be they painters or sculptors, over many millennia, have approached the subject of the female nude with little more than an observer’s eye. Skillfully rendering and immortalising the intrinsic beauty of the female form in pigment or stone was all that was required. The female model had only a perfunctory role in the process – to posses physical beauty and nothing more. The personality of the sitter was rarely, if ever, present. What is interesting and different about Trevor’s approach is that he has photographed his sitters, not only naked – but much more intimately – bare as well. While not quite baring their souls completely, all the women photographed by Trevor have written accompanying text to express how they feel about their ongoing relationship with their bodies and why they wanted to be photographed naked rather than nude. Nakedness implies an emotional vulnerability that nude does not – and it is precisely this permission to observe their vulnerability that makes the images so compelling. In addition, rather than Trevor mechanically recording the beauty of the women on film, he collaborated intimately with each sitter in the creation of her final image; discussing pose, light and cropping during the shoot. As you can see from the photographs posted here, Trevor has captured the beauty, grace and elegance of the women with a beautiful painterly and ethereal light. An exhibition of the final work is planned for 2014 with large format prints from JIm Butler at Inspiration Arts Dublin. There is also a book planned, designed by Aidan Grennell at Image Now Dublin, that is currently on the lookout for a corporate sponsor, so that all proceeds can go entirely to charity. Could that be you? If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or have any other questions regarding the exhibition, please contact Trevor directly at the link below.