“Shadows”. Inspire yourself with online contests

I entitled this post “Shadows“, the same name of a kind of contest raised by the website “Street photography International” on Instagram (here their page too). I actually must  say in advance that I am kinda new on Instagram (shortly, I will add my account in my website here so you can view my work also there): it was around last winter when I started to post my pics on Instagram, mainly with my mobiles.

Few pigeons and 2 human beings together created this ensemble of shadows. Dublin, 2012

Few pigeons and 2 human beings together created this ensemble of shadows. Dublin, 2012

Now i am changing my “view” on it, and i began to upload also pictures taken with my DSLr on this social media. I must say that i was a bit skeptical at the beginning about Instagram, i thought it was more a social media for commercial or easy-showing off users, that likes to do selfies or show themselves at the beach or in pose with friends, etc.

Tree shadows in a park, Dublin, 2012

Tree shadows in a park, Dublin, 2012

 

Just to mention that there is nothing wrong with that, anyone can post whatever they want/wish/like to show to the public; but it is really disconnected by what I intend: photography as “art” itself.

Some passers-by along the famous shopping area in Henry street, carrying bags. Dublin, 2012

Some passers-by along the famous shopping area in Henry street, carrying bags. Dublin, 2012

Speaking again about Instagrama, actually now I think that this media has evolved in a better way, and the most relevant and useful sites of photography, (and the photographers themselves) have started to post their work there. It is quite handy actually to discover their work and find them, there: the tag system is working well and make you feel easily aware of what is going on around you with news feed and improve the discoveries of pages and other artists. Of course the draw back is that kind be a bit messy with this ocean of data and images, but in the end the positive side overrides the negative.

A woman passing by in Paul Street during the last sun of the day Cork, 2016

A woman passing by in Paul Street during the last sun of the day Cork, 2016

The contest on SPI is being held this week: I tagged my pics to their group, a few of photographs. This thing actually gave me the chance to review some old pics taken in the past 4-5 years, when i bought my first decent camera DSLR.

Shadow of a person along a wall in a golden sunset . Dublin, 2015

Shadow of a person along a wall in a golden sunset . Dublin, 2015

The selection is made between pics that shows some consistent shadows in them.  As you have noticed in this post…

A woman walking by in the city center close to Capel street. Dublin 2012

A woman walking by in the city center close to Capel street. Dublin 2012

In the end, I think that such kind of contests are at least a good source of inspiration and a way to improve and raise our passion for photography: the more subjects we try, the more we practice, the more we learn about photography. By the way, the contest it is still open here. Just tag them with “#spi_shadows”, if you wish to join.

Enjoy your photography. Note: Regarding my pics posted here, i am always open to critics and comments 😉

 

One response to ““Shadows”. Inspire yourself with online contests”

  1. GB says:

    Well done Paolo, always inspired!

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