Are you suffering from digital photo overload? Are all the shots of food trucks, cute kittens and sunsets on Instagram and Facebook starting to look like one big blur? Do you yearn for the days when you had one roll of film and had to make each picture count?
Then the 12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon, Aug. 31, may be for you. The unique photography contest, now in its fifth year, gives participants a single 12-exposure roll of film and 12 hours. The mission: Take the 12 best photos you can – no retakes, no do-overs, no Photoshop. In other words, each and every picture has to be postcard-perfect.
The only requirement for the contest, which is open to both hobbyists and pros, is that you own an old-fashioned 35mm camera (though I’m not really sure where you’d find one of those these days). The contest kicks off at 10 a.m. sharp. Every hour, on the hour, a new photo theme will be randomly selected. Participants have one hour to capture that theme to its fullest – using just one exposure. Then, it’s on to the next theme.
When the clock strikes 10 p.m., completed rolls of film will be collected. After negatives are developed and judged, some 700 of the best photos will be displayed at a free public exhibit, where the winner will be announced.
For compulsive shutterbugs, who come back from holidays with thousands of digital photos to sort through, the marathon can be a liberating experience. “It has encouraged me to become more decisive in the way I photograph,” said 2012’s winner, Ryan Mah. ” . . . what stays in or out of the frame becomes crucial in telling a compelling story.”
The 12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon is Saturday, Aug. 31, starting at 10 a.m. at the JJ Bean at 2206 Commercial Drive. Tickets ($36 on Eventbrite) go on sale at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31, and sell out fast. (How fast? Last year’s marathon sold out in one minute!).
Have you participated in the Vancouver Photo Marathon? What was it like?
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