(A follow-up to “Photo Marathon? Yes it was.“)
If there were a complete opposite to a shameless promoter, I would be that person. But better late than never, I suppose.
60 marathoners registered for the third annual 12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon and all 60 handed in their 12exp 35mm rolls by 10pm on Saturday August 6th, 2011. From the 720 photos that we had developed, our judges selected winners for Best Series and Best Photo, along with Runner-Ups for both categories, and 1 winner for each of the 12 themes. Here are the results that were revealed at Raw Talent 2011 on Sunday September 25th:
Theme 10 (Second Chance): #11 Eric Bucad
All 12 of my photos are displayed here. Below is a video that I took in which “super-judge” Dan Jackson explains why my photo was chosen. And Dan has put up a tumblr post that gives his rationale for all the selections.
This and all the other winning photos (also by theme) are now on display at the Lookout at Harbour Centre! So at least the tourists have something to look at when there’s nothing of Vancouver to see, thanks to the fall weather. The exhibition will be there until December 2.
Anyone interested in going to the Lookout to see the photos?
(Photo by Eric Bucad, posted by flickr user vancouverphotomarathon.)
[Updated 10/19/2011, 22:19 PDT to include the video.]
[Updated 10/21/2011, 12:50 PDT to include Dan's post.]
This past weekend, I participated in the 3rd annual Vancouver Photo Marathon. Its 12×12 logo means that participants receive a 12-exposure roll of film at the start. Each hour for the next 12 hours, a theme is revealed, and participants have to use a single shot from that roll that represents that theme. There’s no real time limit to complete a single shot, but the completed roll of film has to be handed in by the time the 12 hours have elapsed.
As a runner, the use of the word “marathon” in the event name seems fitting, and that was my mindset throughout the day. The mental aspect of finding an appropriate photo is compounded with the physical in terms of all the walking I did (14 kilometres is a reasonable estimate). There were “water stops” when I had to return to home base in the West End to retrieve the newest theme. Given all the walking I did, the need to stay hydrated and fed was essential (especially on such a warm day).
And like in an actual marathon, I encountered an equivalent to a “wall” in the late afternoon, when I fell a theme behind amid flagging energy. A quick dinner before the 11th theme was revealed gave me a boost; the disappearing sunlight gave me more reason to get one more decent shot. The last shot was a bit fortuitous in that I didn’t have to go far, and took it within 20 minutes of the theme being revealed. That could be compared to the final sprint at the end of a race.
I think that finish made it a great experience overall; there is a certain level of endurance required to complete this marathon, not to mention the ability to think on the fly when finding a photo for the theme. It certainly invigorated my interest in photography; I’m already looking at a local project that will soon be accepting submissions. For now, I’m just hoping the prints come out OK. All the participants’ photos will be displayed on September 25. That should be fun!
(Speaking of running, the time has come to start training for real. As I mentioned last week, I am aiming to run in the Fall Classic. I’ve given myself 15 weeks, which should be enough time.)