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PRIMARY – A Phoneography Exhibition by Strong Island – Call for Entries & Terms

This year we are be proud to announce our latest exhibition PRIMARY, a Phoneography exhibition by Strong Island and we are even happier to announce that it’s open to you, the readers.

With the continuing increase in impressive camera technology in mobile phones and the ability to alter, tweak, post process and upload the photos to social media networks and websites like Instagram, the popularity of Phoneography has never been greater.

The ‘of the moment’ ability to take a photo at almost any time and any place by most people has really driven the fact that the camera does not make the photographer. By which I mean, you don’t need an expensive camera to take outstanding photos.

Agreed, the quality of the physical image may not stand up to the big guns, but new learnings in composition, style and aesthetic by a new generation of camera users via online media has really driven this popularity, and encourage people to go beyond a ‘quick shot’.

PRIMARY invites you to get out and about around Portsea with your mobile phone camera and take photos of anything and everything based around the three primary colours red, yellow and blue. What you photograph is entirely up to you, but submissions will only be accepted if they stick to the theme. Photos can be taken on any mobile phone model and we ask that a maximum of 10 photos per applicant are sent in to [email protected].

Please submit along with your photographs your name, photo title, phone model, location of photo on the island and any post process apps you used, if any, to achieve the final shot. Please note that all submitted photos will be cropped square in order to be displayed. This is mainly due to the number of Phoneography photos that are already in square format.

The call for entires has begun and the deadline is the 4th of May 2012 with the exhibition being held shorty after at Bonzo Studios on Albert Road who are also partnering up with us in the creation of the exhibition space.

We will be putting together a poster for the exhibition that will be on sale on the opening night. The poster will feature some of the best submissions and all profits from the sales will go to a local charity (details to follow soon). Due to this we need to say that any photos submitted to PRIMARY will involve you giving us permission to use them for commercial purposes, if you do not want your photo used in this way simply let us know via email.

Finally, we will be running a competition as part of the exhibition where the best three photos submitted will win some incredible prizes. We will be announcing the prizes available very soon but we’ve got to say that this will be one of the best prize hauls we have ever offered.

Well, that is it for now! We really hope to drum up as much coverage locally for PRIMARY so if you could Facebook/Tweet/+1 about the exhibition we would really appreciate it. We would love this exhibition to be a real reflection of the whole population of Portsmouth with everyone taking part and feeling involved.

You can download the posters HERE and HERE and it would be great if you could help promote not only our exhibition but your exhibition by putting them up locally.

Poster by Tristan Savage & Photo by Paul Gonella


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  1. Charlie

    24 November

    Smart. Great poster too.

  2. Wolf

    24 November

    Something “has really driven the fact that the camera does not make the photographer”? Do you really mean that? I think that this is a little ill informed because it never has!

  3. Tristan Savage

    24 November

    I’ve seen thousands of photographs from ‘professionals’ using high end equipment that can’t take a decent photo. So, yeah, and it’s more opinion than anything else to be fair.

  4. Dean

    24 November

    — ‘Something “has really driven the fact that the camera does not make the photographer”? Do you really mean that? I think that this is a little ill informed because it never has! —

    I think the point of this competition is to confirm that the best camera is the one you have on you at the time.

  5. stu barker

    24 November

    Sounds good to me! I’ll have to get a few in myself!

  6. Ben Mills

    24 November

    I’m well up form this, can’t wait. But…. as well know Paul Gonella is the God of photography so are we all competing for 2nd place here?

  7. Tristan Savage

    24 November

    Ha. Gonz is banned from entry, but I’m sure he’s open to beer bribes to bring him in as a ringer.

  8. Karl March

    24 November

    Love this! Just got to try and whittle in down to 3…

    Nice poster. My photos will definitely not be that good…

  9. Lou

    25 November

    Love the poster, its peachy and pretty! Cant wait to get snapping x

  10. Emma Beatty

    30 November

    Hello,

    don’t mean to be a pain, but Red, Green, Blue are not the primary colours are they? RGB are the three transmissive colours of LED displays, but green is not a primary colour [made up of yellow and blue, isn’t it?].

    was going to send a pic in. Should i find RGB?

    …. (?)

  11. Tristan Savage

    30 November

    You’re quite right. It’s a typo on my part, I work all day in RGB and just automatically wrote it down and went from there. Amazed it took this long to be spotted, ha.

  12. Dolf

    16 December

    Portsea only 🙁

  13. claire sambrook

    16 December

    Portsea Island is a big place

  14. juyd Valentine

    22 December

    Found this Street Verb video on street photography using a mobile phone.Some ideas on how to approach street photography. It also has the combination of a ‘professional’ and a mobile phone…
    http://streetreverbmagazine.com/2011/12/20/shoot-and-move-on-peter-dench-video-xperiastudio/

  15. Nina

    3 February

    I’ve only just seen this great idea 🙁 gutted too late to enter – am I? Love photographing Portsmouth it’s so pretty

  16. Tristan Savage

    7 February

    Hey Nina. Primary has been extended. Please see the latest post in features below.

  17. Daniel Tidbury

    29 March

    So pleased this has become so big. Great to see the increased coverage. Wish I had time to keep up with my iPhone Photo of the Week… Mayhem! calls.

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