A glance is a first look, a moment when you look over, not sure if you should keep looking. How would you capture a glance in a photo?
TQU’s photo competition: Every month a different topic, chosen by a different judge. A Glance is the topic of January’s photo competition, chosen by Adrien Leavitt.
January 2018 ◼︎◼︎◼︎ A Glance ◼︎◼︎◼︎ Adrien Leavitt
Adrien Leavitt is a photographer, among other things. With #1 must have a photo zine for queers, he started introducing us to members of the queer community in Seattle already in 2011. This self-published zine that he put out with co-promoter, co-owner and fellow DJ at Seattle’s LICK! parties, Slaven, was a first step towards celebrating diverse queer people and documenting our existence at a certain time and place. With his newest project Queer Feelings he explores queerness and our intimate, complex relationship with our bodies, both physically and emotionally. Adrien Leavitt is the judge for TQU’s photo competition in January 2018.
Read full interview with Adrien Leavitt.
#1 Jury Prize
For me, this photo perfectly captures the the feeling of youth and summer. With so little, it leaves me wondering about the subject’s surrounds, mood, and feelings as she glances down and right into the lens. The light behind her hair adds the perfect tones of summer.For me, this photo perfectly captures the the feeling of youth and summer. With so little, it leaves me wondering about the subject’s surrounds, mood, and feelings as she glances down and right into the lens. The light behind her hair adds the perfect tones of summer.
#2 Jury Prize
This photo evokes Nan Goldin and leaves me with more questions than answers. I love how still the subject’s face is but the movement in their hand.
#3 Jury Prize
A portrait of a glance without even seeing the subjects eyes! The composition is surprising, both as its shot below and with the wind in the subject’s hair. I love it!
David Abramov: I love how this photo captures the person just at the edge of the frame, but looking right into the lens. It draws into question what the subject of the photo is – the person at the edge or the synagogue behind. It makes me want to join this day’s adventure!
Paul Boyle: The composition of this photo is stunning, from its symmetry to the subject’s incredibly strong gaze right back at her self. It is perfect in black and white.
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Congratulations to all the winners
And a very big thank you to everyone who participated! All submissions were really amazing!
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Melanie Menard:When photographing people getting ready for performing, I start working as a discrete, neutral observer, and let them lead the dialogue in the way that suits their need of the moment, be it small talk, venting, or intimate confession, or ignore me if they prefer. By using this method, I aim for the subject to be in control of the photographer-subject dynamic, in the hope that the resulting images will provide snapshots of the subject’s mental state at the moment the picture was taken, rather a predetermined vision I may have had of them.
Tiyana Taumanu: This photo was taken in the dirt alley alongside a nice beautiful tree that caught my attention during a morning jog. Literally just stopped flipped my hair and snapped some shots.
Matilda Vidal:I can’t remember if I called my friend so that she would look at me or if she just glanced in my direction, but I love the way she looks straight down the lense, fearless. This picture reminds me of warm sunny evenings on the beach and makes me happy.
Anna Geary-Meyer:On a flight from Berlin to Boston, I found a tiny, round window at the front of the plane that magnified the things underneath it. This was just as we were flying over Greenland, so I got a tiny but really cool glimpse of the landscape.
Robert Martien I:This is one of my favorite images from my recent collection because it’s not immediately obvious what it is. You can tell it’s a body but not necessarily what part so it makes you look again.
Kelly Ann Graff:I shoot a lot of expired film, misplace the rolls, and develop them years later. I love this photo because I have no exact memory of when or where it was taken, but it’s a glance into a moment I once thought was beautiful.
Nikola Italo:The puppy in the photo is Milo (1 y.o). I took the photo fast and silent because he is really restless and playful.
Coney D:This particular photo shoot was to explore and celebrate human sexuality.It was a bit scary at times but very liberating and rewarding at the end.
Paul Boyle:A photo shoot with a friend. This photo catches my subject glancing at her own reflection.
David Abramov:We born at the same day and met 22 years afterwards, and since then we strolled together in the streets of that city almost everyday, till I moved to Berlin and he moved to London. It has been almost eight years ago. Once a year we meet again at Rosh Hashana, strolling at the same streets of that city, which used to be ours but has changed so much. (The Great Synagogue, Tel-Aviv/ 2017)
Bhavya Soni:Beauty cannot be recognized with cursory glance.
Robert Martien II:This photo is from a series called, “Exposure”, that examines the way women’s clothing often leaves them vulnerable and exposed. I hope to make people think or start a dialog about what happens when they see the same clothes on men and why.
Oscoro Oro:When people look at this picture, the ask me, if this real or photoshop. I do these kind of pictures since 11th july 2016. It is always a glance. A real one.
Celine Watson:Glancing into the unknown, the future and what it has in store. Simply looking beyond what was and what will be in my life.
JLC & ROM:Blind glance. Windy faceless portrait
Dr. Sneha Rooh:Mother daughter ,”Do we like this human?”
Bruno D:Photos of Reims Cathedral France, Christmas, December 2017
Thank you ALL SO MUCH for showing us your photo of a glance!
Jury Prize – The JUDGE Will select a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize. on top of a physical prize The first winner will also receive a personal message from the judge.
Audience Prize – The audience will get to vote for all submitted pictures and decide who is going to win the audience prize.
ALL winners will receive a gift package from the TQU shop. To find out more about TQU’s photo competitions click here.