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This month’s LIoP Challenge: Photograph a place you’ve never been before

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For our first LIoP Challenge we thought about taking you to a new place: ‘A place you’ve never been before’.
You could board a plane and fly thousands of miles to a foreign land to submit your photograph but often the most exciting subjects are right in front of our doorstep we just never took the time to explore them.

You can chose somewhere you’ve always passed by and never stopped, or you can choose a city where you’ve never been, you can ask someone to take you to a place that they love and you’ve never considered visiting.

You can pick a location you never thought was worth going and find the hidden beauty in it or, if you still think it’s not worth it, document what you don’t like about it.

What’s behind that park you pass by everyday on your commute back home?
Did you bring your camera with you this time? Get off and answer this question once and for all.

Go to an artist’ studio and photograph their work instruments, try to convey the atmosphere, the smell, the sounds. Ask them about their favourite place, put on their eyes and see what’s so special about it. Try to infuse their essence in it when you press the shutter button.

The subject of your photo doesn’t have to be beautiful, nor interesting. It needs to convey a feeling and a point of view.
If your opinion is strong it will come across and it will stick onto the viewer, make your photograph worth looking at and raising questions.

Write a small caption together with your submission and explain to us why you chose that subject, what attracted you (or didn’t), what does that place mean to you now that you finally visited, if it was an unexpected surprise and how this challenge changed your point of view.

The winner of this Challenge is Siris Gallant:
“This is a photo taken from the entrance of our home. I live in a warehouse and have walked down this street many times. Still, tonight, it transformed into a place I’ve never been. Steven Spielberg shot a movie here and there were massive floodlights on a crane. The moon never did shine brighter than that night.”

Tips and Inspirations:

Research Stephen Shore’s ‘Uncommon Places‘ and Tomoko Yoneda’s ‘Scene 01‘.
Does a place hold a memory of the past? What information can you extract from a photograph of a place? If you just look at a common place close enough, does it become uncommon? Is familiarity just a state of mind?

When you photograph a place, the use of the correct Depth of Field is crucial. To describe a place as a whole usually a Great Depth of Field is used: use a short focal length, close the aperture to f11 or f16 and focus on the mid ground (usually 4 – 5m away). To highlight certain details or for a more subjective visual language you can use a Shallow Depth of Field: combine a long focal length with the widest aperture of your lens and focus closely.

 

Submission information

– Save your image as JPG with 3000px on the long edge and highest image quality setting
– Submission is limited to one image per photographer and monthly challenge
– You must sign up for the LIoP Challenge in order to submit your image