Beauty in Imperfection - Reclaim Photography in UK

Reclaim Photography was an idea that materialised in rather spontaneous street exhibitions in Stockholm Sweden about eight years ago. There was a continuation in Malmö too. According to the Manifesto:

Many photographs are displayed in the streets and in public spaces. But those pictures are usually about advertising - a call to consume.We need other images in our everyday life, pictures that feed our imagination and sharpen our minds. 

Photo Rickard Falk, 2012

By taking the idea to the West Midlands in United Kingdom, Maxine Watts has created something really impressive. Please take your time to read the open call:

The aim of this year’s festival is to return to the essence of our Reclaim Photography manifesto, by reclaiming the best in art photography. This year our festival theme is 
Beauty in imperfection: reclaiming our aesthetic sensibility.

Wabi Sabi is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. It is a beauty of things modest and humble. It is a beauty of things unconventional. Leonard Koren, ‘Wabi Sabi for artists, designers, poets and philosophers’, 2008.

In this year’s open call, the festival sets out to explore the aesthetic value of Wabi Sabi, as described by Koren, by proposing that there is beauty to be found in imperfection, impermanency and incompleteness, thus creating an aesthetic consciousness. 

The intangible qualities of beauty and imperfection assumes a transcendental significance within photography, directing the sensibility of the viewer to look beyond the immediately apparent and to search deeper within oneself for meaning and essence. 

Aesthetic consciousness can be explored either through the use of photographic processes and techniques, the photographer’s artistic interpretation, from the subject matter; or by a combination of all three.

Participants are encouraged to respond to this theme through the use of analogue and cameraless photography (including historical and alternative processes) or digital photography (including photo painting, photo-montage and digital printing skills). We hope to attract images in the form of:

* portraiture – self, individual or group;
* experimental imagery;
* still-life photography - objects or the natural world;
* landscape photography – coastal, rural or urban;
* and documentary photography.

Key words: art, beauty, culture, decay, despondency, emotion, existence, fleeting, fragility, humility, Japan, life, loneliness, melancholy, memory, modest, nature, object, silence, simplicity, solitude, transience, unconventional and Wabi Sabi.

Submission is free.
Submission deadline: 17:00 (UK time), Friday 22 February 2019.

Image copyright Horváth M. Judit, from Private Collection, 2018. All rights reserved.

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