Every Friday until February we are going to be sharing one of our ten finalists for the First Annual Gallery Showcase, sponsored by WHCC Co. These images will be on display at our annual Dear Photographer Workshop – Elevate + Grow, This year the Gallery will be hosted at the Ace Hotel in Portland, Oregon, June 8, 2018.
To enter continue sharing your images with our hashtag #DPMAGFAVES for a chance to be printed on our spring issue and be displayed in Portland.
This could be any woman, in any country, at any time. And yet, when we look at this image you place yourself into it. You see yourself as that you mother with that newborn baby. You can feel the moment, you can feel the bond, you can feel the future. The conversion of black-and-white emphasizes the importance of these newborn moments. And the grain adds a dimension of timelessness. It is this combination of sentimentality, reminiscence, and pure skill of photography that this image is chosen as a finalist.
Words by Janel Peyton
LEARN ABOUT THE FINALIST :
I am a wife and a mother of four boys living life in the land down under. Our family life is messy, untamed, wild and adventurous. We homeschool and raise our boys to have a childhood free from expectations, to be able to think freely and to keep the raw essence of their childhood for as long as possible. Most of my photography focuses on our children and their environment hoping to tell their story through my lens.
When I was 15 I was given an old Pentax camera at school, I was shown how to develop and process film in a dark room. During the day when all the other kids were sitting outside eating their lunch, I was busy in the darkroom processing film. My great-grandfather was a photojournalist during the second world war in Europe and at home, we had many of his photos published in books that I would spend my days looking at.
As the years went by I focused more heavily on painting and sketching, and spent many years at the school of fine arts exploring different media. After some time I revisited the film camera and darkroom, I felt my creative soul began to come alive once again. When I had my first born son I switched from film to digital and since then the camera stays by my side. It is a part of me now, it is who I am an artist and a photographer.