Happy International Photo Day! In honour of photographers everywhere, we’ve studied up on the art’s history and featured a dozen of our team’s favourite Zealous photographers.
The 21st century isn’t always easy on artists. Standing out in the crowd is becoming more and more difficult, especially in a world of instant gratification and digitised everything. Not only do we suffer image over-saturation (60 million photos are uploaded to Instagram every day), but we’ve lost an appreciation for the art of a practised, attentive eye (yes, anyone can be an artist, but grandma’s 1,600 photos of the garden out back may not be quite on par with the likes of Annie Leibovitz, Jerry Uelsmann, Ilse Bing, etc.).
After reading up (admittedly only a little bit) on the history of photography, our appreciation for photographers has never been greater. Here’s why:
Behold! A lightning-fast, probably exaggerated and probably (definitely) reductionist brief on the history of photography:
Aristotle discovers a principle. Da Vinci scribbles down a few ideas. (Before that, as far as we know, were cave drawings and crude charcoal sketches. Who can really say? We rang BBC History but they’re ducking our calls.)
A guy from Stoke-on-Trent (cheers!) creates the first known camera obscura image (no, not the band) by treating white leather with silver nitrate (toxic).
Kodak introduces their first camera ft. 20-foot rolls of paper (enough for 100 images), then makes a quick switch to film instead (good call, Kodak).
First instant colour film developed (long live Polaroid!).
First digital camera invented. It weighs 3.6kg and takes 23 seconds to record images onto a cassette tape.
Lauren spends her formative years running around with a disposable camera, blindly snapping images of blurry trees and the inside of adults’ noses (she was a child and not very tall). She hoards quarters and dimes until she’s saved enough to develop the film at Walgreens, which takes over a week and makes her very anxious. Film is often lost.
So all of that lands us here, in 2016, where you can buy a digital camera for less than a pair of jeans and 500 million Instagrammers document everything but last night’s burnt toast online for all to see (ok, they actually post that, too).
What we’re trying to say is, photographers work hard. They are patient, quick-thinking artists. They offer us perspectives of the magical and mundane in ways we never expected. We want to honour the Zealous photographers who give art their all. Here they are, all in one place: our current favourites.
Happy International Photo Day!
Asks what happened to all the students – why did they leave everything behind, were they in a rush to keep everything as it is? Why was is abandoned?
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Zealous International Photography Opportunities Roundup
We love offering paid opportunities to artists of many skill levels, locations, and styles. Check out a few of these fantastic opportunities for photographers! Each is a global, paid opportunity. See each listing for more details and to submit your work!
The Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) has recently opened for entries for the 2016-2017 cycle, themed “The Challenge“.
Closes 31 / 10 / 2016
Proify Annual International Photography Awards 2016
A major international photography competition focused on recognising the incredible talents of amateur and non-professional photographers across the globe.
Closes 31 / 10 / 2016
Sony World Photography Awards 2017
The Sony World Photography Awards has four competitions (Professional, Open, National, Youth, and Student Focus)
Closes 10 / 01 / 2017
RHS Photographic Competition 2017
Show how inspiring gardens and plants can be—open to amateur and professional photographers. Nine categories open including Young Photographer and Children’s Photographer. Also includes a Social Media category (with monthly winners)!
Closes 28 / 02 / 2017