Open Imagination
 May 31, 2022
N.Y. Photo Curator 'Origin Stories: Personal Cosmologies' curated by Granville Carroll

Granville Carroll says, "Photography has a wonderful ability to showcase stories and narratives that transcend the linear construct of time. The malleability of the medium helps us to visually construct our personal and collective origin stories. It can shift the ways we view the world and our place within it. I often ask myself who am I? Where did I come from? Where am I going? These self-reflective questions can reveal how personal and collective histories impact our creative vision to represent the world through photography. To understand the ”why” regarding our use of photography, it is important to go back to the source, to where identity began to be shaped. Peering into the past allows us to confront the many ways we have constructed our identities and how our identities have been constructed for us through social values, family legacy, and cultural traditions. Reflecting on the past allows us to understand where we are currently and the possibilities for where we will go next. I am interested in seeing images that reflect these ideas, that show us how you examine your origins of being and its manifestation in your art practice. How does your upbringing, ideologies, belief systems, and traditions influence your representations through photography? Share with us how you explore your origin stories, whether it is based in history and fact or based in fiction and the imagination." 20% of artist entry fees goes to charity.

 1st Place winner receives Q&A with curator. Curator reviews 1st place winner. One or more past curators may contribute reviews as well. 10% of artist fees goes to the 1st place winner's charity. The 1st place image shows on our splash page for a month.