Sunday, November 28, 2010
Kennedy Center Photo Contest
After my experience in Ghana, Africa this summer, knowing what I know now about the nature of photography and the problems it poses for authenticity I have mentioned earlier, sitting at the awards ceremony for the annual Kennedy Center Photo Contest for international study programs was an interesting experience.
These two pictures here earned me two honorable mentions. I was the only one who received two awards, which is fun. However, looking through my thousands of other pictures, I can't help but wonder why these? I had probably 50 "really good pictures" to submit. Looking at the other winners, I wonder again at how subjective their submissions were, and I never before questioned what it must be like to be a judge for one of these things. I am not sure I could do it. There is so much more that goes into a photograph than what we see in our two dimensional image.
Anyways, I am happy to have won something for me "essence" pictures, but both of these girls pictured I never really knew. It was just snap and walk away. How, may I ask, does this really represent a field study experience? As much as I love these pictures, there is a lot more to be said, and I am not sure where to place these images in the middle of all of that.