Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Pros Of The Future
Out of the thousands of submissions, the images on these pages are those that rose to the top in this year's contest
Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan
School: Self-taught photographer
Morgan Boss’ passion for photography derives from her work as a painter and artist. She picked up her mother’s old camera and began shooting one day, teaching herself through trial and error with a little help from her mother. Boss loves the planning, the execution and the ability to make the impossible possible through her /images.
Eve Arnold, Annie Leibovitz and Lara Jade are the three photographers she turns to the most for inspiration, but she also uses her art background to help her compose photographs. Her goal for every photo is to make someone stop and stare, and she only wants to create /images that mean something to her and the people she’s shooting. Boss romanticizes that /images serve as reminders of smells, emotions, sounds and all the senses of when a particular photo was taken.
With a D-SLR, a few hot lamps and a flash, Boss has a few tools at her disposal to get the shot. She set up this self-portrait, which she says represents fluidity, by rigging her tripod off a ledge in her apartment and using a black backdrop and a remote trigger.
Location: Los Angeles, California
School: Johnson County Community College, Kansas
Daniel McFadden can honestly say that photography has changed his life. From working full-time to supporting his mother at the age of 15 to being a high school dropout to getting mixed up with the wrong crowd, McFadden says photography has given him a new lease on life.
At the age of 20, after almost failing out of college, McFadden re-enrolled into classes and found that photography allowed him to find his voice, while the darkroom became his best friend. With his /images, he tries to inspire, educate, stir emotion, raise awareness, bring together art and commerce, encourage dialogue and show people how he sees the world.
Some of his major influences are Henri Cartier-Bresson, Irving Penn, William Eggleston, Danny Lyon, Michael Kenna, Gregory Crewdson, Roy DeCarava, Lee Friedlander, Eugene Richards, Annie Leibovitz and Ed Ruscha. He hopes to continue to learn and create a body of work he’s proud of.
Describing his winning image, McFadden says, “I spent a summer in Memphis working on a movie and would use my weekends to photograph the city.
I stayed away from the music scene—I wanted to capture the city in a different light. When I approached the motel, the first thing I saw was the boy. I framed up and took a quick shot, his head was down. I moved in to tighten up. I was shooting with my Leica M6 with a 35mm lens and Kodak 1600 speed color negative. I waited for the boy, he raised his head, and I got the shot. It was the last frame on the roll.”
Awards: 1st Prize, Student Union Photo Contest, University of Kansas, 1992; Finalist, The Art of Photography Show 2008, San Diego.
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