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This month’s LIoP Challenge: Photograph an Object from your Past

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To be shot and submitted between 1 – 30 November 2016, submission deadline is 30 November 2016 23:59 UK Time. The winner will be announced on 4 December together with the new challenge.

We all know them, the objects that are charged with the memories of our past. From childhood toys or presents received from loved ones to artefacts that represent specific events, good or bad, we value and keep these precious items to remind us of the events that shaped us and made us who we are.

Objects can represent people. In Japan it is custom to share the personal items of the deceased among family and friends so they will never be forgotten and the wedding rings of your deceased parents might be passed on for generations, keeping their memories alive.

Objects can represent memories. Remember the first love letter you received or the bent bicycle wheel you kept from your accident when you where a kid?

This month’s challenge is to find and photograph an object from your past in a way that tells the viewer what it means to you. You can approach it in a literal way or use symbols and references to tell your story. The aim is to use photography to let others participate in your memories.

Write a short caption that describes why you haven chosen this object, what it means to you and why you have photographed it in this specific way.

This month’s winner is Artemis Szekir-Rigas:
“I chose to photograph this tutu because I thought it would be interesting to look at the contrast – both physical and mental – between being a little girl dreaming of being a grown-up ballerina and the reality of being an adult woman who is most definitely not a ballerina. It also seemed absurd to me that I could ever have been so tiny.”

Tips and Inspirations:

Research Phil Toledano’s “Days with my Father”, a touching visual diary of a photographer’s last years with his dementia-stricken father. In this book, Phil includes photographs of objects that evoke memories and feelings of the past.

Check Lorenzo Vitturi’s book “Dalston Anatomy”, a selection of still life photographs of strange and bizarre sculptures created from random objects Vitturi collected from Dalston Market, a place that represent the melting pot of East London like no other.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out “Things Organised Neatly” to see how to arrange objects creatively.

Submission information

– All submitted images will be assessed on the basis of creativity, technical quality and coherence with the theme
– Save your image as JPG with 3000px on the long edge and highest image quality setting
– Submit a short 3 line text you want to publish together with your image that describes your idea
– Submissions are limited to one image per photographer and monthly challenge
– You must sign up for the LIoP Challenge in order to submit your image
– Submission deadline is 30 November 2016 23:59 UK Time.