From my phone to an exhibition at the London Leica Café in UK
In August 2017, I won my first photo contest ever. Nothing very glamour, a simple monthly contest from the excellent street photography blog StreetHunters.com. If you're not familiar with them, they put out a new friendly competition every month. The winners get some sort of visibility on their platform (Instagram, blog, etc.), fair enough!
That month, the theme was quite simple: the color yellow. I wanted to give the contest a try, so I started looking in my archives to find a photograph where the color was dominant enough. After going through most of my pictures, I found one from my wedding trip in Japan (2011), a photo that I had never published before. Not even once! I sent it.
The photo was the result of a quick snap from my iPhone 4, and for that reason, I had never considered it as an excellent picture. At that time, I thought those excellent photographers only used cameras, not smartphones. A few weeks later, I received an email from one of the StreetHunters' authors announcing that my picture made it to the top 3. Another week then, a second email came with another good news: I had won the contest!
Gosh! Why the hell did I hide that picture for 6 years!!! I said to myself! From that moment, I started caring more about the content of my images and less about the tool used. I had the proof I was wrong.
Last year, I decided to send the same picture to another contest, the 2018 SPi Award (Street Photography International Award). Again the image was chosen, I made it to the Top 20 finalists, and later it was part of an exhibition at the London Leica Café in the UK. Second proof I was wrong.
As I am writing this blog post, the picture is still published on one the London Leica Café's websites, next to the winning image.
I know that you've heard it before, but I am going to repeat it one more time... Chase Jarvis once said: "the best camera is the one that's with you," and that's fucking true.
Thank you for reading!