This week we have chosen 2 winner’s to win a Phlearn PRO. To the left is Sarah Allegra, and to the right we have Beata Rydén. We loved your photos so much, beautiful work. To get your Phlearn PRO please contact us here. Thanks so much everybody for your entries, and be sure to check out the CONTEST for this week (at the end of this post) to win a Phlearn PRO.
By: Kate Rockhold
Some photographs take hours to produce – both with setting up the shoot, and editing. Photographers can spend all their time and effort into creating a powerful photograph. But sometimes, it’s nice to take a step back and take a photograph without any planning, and without any editing. Whether it’s vacation photos, or family photos, it’s nice to just shoot without all the planning. Shooting on a whim is something that I’ve recently gotten into. And, being a college student, something I really like to document are parties. I always bring my camera to parties and nights out, to document nights with my friends.
I first got interested in party/social documentation because of Nan Goldin. When you look through her body of work, it’s almost as if you were there. The emotion in her subjects is so raw and powerful, it’s as if you know them. When I go through all of her photographs, I almost feel like I was with her during all these events.
Goldin has documented everything – from crazy parties, to the morning after, and to more serious events, like friends in the hospital, and funerals. Goldin covered topics that the public doesn’t want to know about – the transsexual community, the AIDs crisis, and drug users. Her photographs were not pretty – they were honest photographs, showing what it was like to live in the fast lane.
While I don’t live a life remotely close to Goldin’s, I still manage to stumble into interesting scenes. I shoot with either my Polaroid One Step 600 camera, or the camera my mom used in college, a 35mm Canon point and shoot. The Polaroid photos have their own unique effect to them – they’re usually blurry, colorful, and have a crystallized pattern to them. There’s something about shooting, and then having the photograph in your hands, that I love about working with Polaroids. The fact that what you’re going to get is unpredictable, I also enjoy. Working with my mom’s 35mm is a little more predictable – I know the photos will always turn out. The camera creates high contrast, cool-tinted photographs. What I love about it, is that I’m using my mom’s college camera for my college experience. The aesthetics of the negatives look like they belong in the 1980s, when in reality they’re shot in the 2010s.
This week Angela and I looked back on some of our party photos, to show you some of our favorites. Alright party people! This week, we’re looking for your best candid party photos! It can be from a crazy Christmas party, or a rocking birthday party, or just a fun BBQ. Please submit your image in the comments below for a chance to win a Phlearn PRO. All submissions must be in by noon CST on August 8st.
I chose a handful of party photos that I’ve taken over the past couple months. The photo above was from a trip I recently made to Santa Barbara, taken with my bulky Polaroid camera. Wow – the parties in Santa Barbara were crazy! Everywhere I turned there was something new to document. The above photo is of two students playing a popular drinking game. At the end of the night, I took a photo of the aftermath (see the first photo in the gallery below). The next three photos in the gallery are taken with my 35mm camera, and document a night in my hometown. I love capturing my friend’s (and some strangers) emotions and personality on film. Not only do the photos have fond memories of nights out with my best friends, but they also allow other viewers who don’t know them personally, to get to know them on a somewhat personal level.
Photos in the moment can be so interesting. That unexpected click that no one in the room was anticipating, and in turn you capture something real, something raw, something awesome. In complete and total honesty though, I don’t always bring my camera out to a party. Mainly because when I party, I really party, and I worry for the well-being of my camera because of this. I’ve started to bring my point and shoot with me as of lately, but the photos featured here were taken with my DSLR in my first year of college, March 2011. This party in particular was a themed party I threw at my apartment in res (or as you Americans call it, dorms). It was themed off of a music video called German Sparkle Party. Give it a watch if you like, but I warn you, it is a very silly, crazy, messed up video. But because of that craziness me and my friends loved it, and decided to throw a party based completely and entirely off of that video. Everyone showed up in neon colored outfits, sparkles and jewels on their face, and massive rubber boots (for the line “yes I wore my rubber boots!” in the video). It was seriously one of the most memorable, and amazing parties I’ve ever had the pleasure to throw in my place of living. Everyone had a blast — it was a great evening! All of the photos I featured are from this party, and I’m so glad I documented that night. I actually have over 100 photos from the party, but I will spare you and only feature 5. I’m excited to see your party photos Phamily!!