The Clive Harrison Trophy is an annual competition at the camera club for a thematic panel of between three and eight prints.
The images should all share a common theme, tell a story or complement each other in some way when viewed together. Entrants are encouraged to provide a written statement to explain the purpose of the panel or what the images are about.
This is my third year in the club and only my second entry in the Clive Harrison Trophy as I skipped last year’s competition.
I chose to enter a panel of images that I had already posted on Instagram and with a little adjustment put them into a panel consisting of five of 4.5 inch prints in 9 inch square mounts.
Everywhere I went from Oxford to Norway and onto St Petersburg images were being captured on phones or tablets.
These were images of streets, churches, colleges, doughnuts or as selphies so that the ladies could be in the picture with the fjord.
These were my Instagram Street Images
The individual images
And the judge’s comments
… OK, the author here has given us a feeling for what they are trying to do, I didn’t know specifically what they were doing apart from I could see they were pictures of people with their phones taking pictures
… I think it is a really interesting story telling thing again it is the sort of thing that we see loads and loads of pictures that people have done on their phones and we see lots of selphies that people have taken
.. it is quite good to record people doing these things , it goes back to what I was saying earlier about documenting things, people, places happening now
… a lot people a very pre-occupied their own pictures making them look as though they were taken 50 years ago … I do think it is sad that more people don’t choose to take what is happening now , no-one is going to sit around saying that is really fascinating, look what I’m wearing , look at that phone, , they are not going to say that now, they might be saying that after we are pushing up daisies, but they will be really interesting in the future as an archive, …
.. I think it is great to have theses as a series and if you just had one it wouldn’t be as strong as showing a set of different ones, you could sets of 30, 40 or 50 pictures like this which would really ram home the point that people are doing this a lot – that it is a way of life people going around taking pictures
…[comments about judge taking pictures with his phone]
… The pictures on their own , they are not fantastically gripping pictures, if I saw any one of these I would say it is the sort of thing that would work well as a set which is what you have here and that is great
… possibly they all work pretty well together, we have someone who has their iPad so they’ve gone a bit bigger than the others
… but it is a good storytelling set of pictures but I am not going to hold this one back …
… I think it is a really worthy set of pictures and I would commend you to keep shooting not to put in camera club competitions necessarily but just to document what is going on