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.
ELEVATE + GROW WORKSHOP REGISTRATION
A LOVE SO DEEP
It is said that a photograph is worth a thousand words, and this image was no exception. This kiss can be felt from a mile away. I love that no matter how invested we are in both of the protagonists in the story, the real captivating detail is that intrusive and strong hand placement. That specific touch is transformative. It elevates the image and sucks us in. This incredible monochrome is the fifth finalist for our First Annual Showcase Gallery.
Words by Adri De La Cruz
LEARN ABOUT THE FINALIST :
I am a wife and a mother, two jobs I hold most dearly. I am also an educator, a job I love dearly, however on hold as I spend these early years with my two young kiddos. I am exploring my love of photography. Trying new things, exploring different styles and genres. I believe I am best summed up as documenting our daily and dreaming of creations. I believe that beauty can be found anywhere, from the small looks and little hands of my adoring three-year-old, the joy and freedom in my six-year-old, the connection of lovers, the fierceness of one’s soul, and the way the light and shadows play. I aim to capture it all.
W E B S I T E | I G
“The trouble is, you think you have time.”
― Jack Kornfiel
I’ll start with that, and share that I totally butchered that quote as I thought it was problem and not trouble. I am not someone who is afraid to admit her mistakes. So there you go. This quote speaks on so many multiple levels currently.
The project continues to fill the hearts of all of us. Being present is hard, getting in the frame is even harder. Take a little time in the week, commit to one hr of trying to take a self portrait, join our group. The encouragement never ends there.
Here’s a super small May collection, because life.
“A woman must find time for herself. Time is what we spend our lives with. If we are not careful we find others spending it for us. . . . It is necessary now and then for a woman to go away by herself and experience loneliness; to sit on a rock in the forest and to ask of herself, ‘Who am I, and where have I been, and where am I going?’ . . . If one is not careful, one allows diversions to take up one’s time—the stuff of life.”
― Carl Sandburg
Of self portraits. I’m sharing that quote to serve as a reminder, whether you have children or not. Alone time is OK. I have yet to attempt another round of solo self portraits, and I can say with certainty that they make me reflect so much. As I sit there looking at myself in the camera , having all of the tiny pangs of self hate and loathing, I am able to think of myself for a second, to look at my features and examine and as I most often do, make a list in my head of the things I would change about myself . Still I welcome solo self portraits as my alone time, not only physically but mentally.
So many of us have called photos with our children cheating, as we are able to hide behind hugs and giggles. So I want to challenge you to take a solo self portrait if you haven’t already. Feel the bareness . & take it all in.
song recommendation : Sara Bareilles , She used to be mine.
SELF PORTRAIT GROUP : ENTER HERE