Dominique-Photographer

OpenWalls Arles 2020 Photography Award

In Photography on June 13, 2020 at 3:03 pm
The aftermath of typhoon Haiyan passing through Leyte, Philippines ©DominiqueSmith

Wednesday, 10 June 2020, 7:16 am
Press Release: 1854 Media

From 1854 Media & British Journal of Photography in collaboration with Galerie Huit Arles, OpenWalls Arles is an international photography award designed to elevate the careers of emerging and established photographers by exhibiting their work in the prestigious and historic location of Arles.

We are thrilled to announce the 63 winners of OpenWalls Arles 2020: 50 winning single images and two winning series from the ‘Growth’ category, alongside ten single images and one winning series from the ‘Daily Life’ category.

The images have been selected by an international panel of judges, which includes Julia de Bierre (Galerie Huit Arles), Fariba Farshad (Photo London), Gwen Lee (Singapore International Photography Festival and DECK) and Stephan Erfurt (C/O Berlin Foundation). See the full list of judges here.

The ‘Daily Life’ winners showcase powerful perceptions of the everyday: quiet moments that speak volumes of a subject’s reality; seemingly mundane scenes that, in truth, hold a deep significance. Our ‘Growth’ winners convey compelling depictions of change or transition — whether in the form of personal growth, or shifts in nature and the environment.

https://www.openwalls.co/selection/dominique-smith/

The Poser

In Photography on May 11, 2020 at 4:42 pm
Portrait of a gentleman in China on the Yangtze River

The Unexpected War

In Whatever on May 9, 2020 at 5:33 pm

Hiding from the enemy is called ‘sheltering in place’.  Our armies are dressed in scrubs, wear masks for shields and are running out of weapons. The enemy is invisible. Covid 19,  the enemy is silent! 

If my grandparents were alive today, they may disagree with my definition  of war. During the Second World War, my father and his family ‘sheltered wherever possible’. They worked, went to school and came home to find the enemy was sheltering with them.

But for those of us who have never known war, this is an extraordinary battle.  Work, as we know it, has come to an end. Shops, restaurants and schools are closed.   Today’s technology has some of us working from home.  Others have been furloughed, many without pay. The enemy remains invincible and we do not know when this war will end.

Our grandchildren may not know or remember this ‘war’ but we will live with it forever in our minds. The streets are deserted and we sit at home.  It is difficult to comprehend the power this enemy has over us.  He has brought the world to its knees. We, all nations, are fighting the same war against the same enemy.  There will be no victory parade and humanity will mourn its dead, for no race or nation will be spared.

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