We are so excited to announce the 2021 Community Exhibition Open Call, which celebrates analog photography. This year’s prompt is ‘The Chemistry of Feeling’ and the open call will only be accepting submissions of images taken on film that reflect compelling personal storytelling from photographers based anywhere.
We encourage photographers of all skill levels to apply, and invite creatives to explore analog by making the best of the medium, no matter what format, development technique or film type used. Photographers can submit up to 3 images via the GPP website by Sunday, 20 June, 11:59 pm Dubai time (GMT +4). Successful entries will be exhibited at the Chemistry of Feeling exhibition, which will open at 7:00 pm on 7 July at Gulf Photo Plus in Alserkal Avenue.
With everything at a precarious standstill over the past year, film photographers found the time to create images that conveyed a contemplative spirit - feeling with great depth and moving in slowed pace - and perhaps unknowingly, resisting the burgeoning attention economy that drains us of seeing thoughtfully.
Analog photography invites deliberation and eases photographers into slowness without allowing them too much oversight and precision, opening a door into the creative unknown. Between its careful pace and unpredictability, film format creates room for more connections between photographers and their craft, as well as the communities they create with. We hope to see this appreciation of pace and storytelling, and the contemplative spirit of film with its heightened sense of feeling reflected in the submissions.
This project is in partnership with The Darkroom Cairo, Darkroom Amman, and Sirkhane Darkroom, who’s local analog communities will be taking part in this exhibition with Gulf Photo Plus.
Free entry. Apply now here: https://gulfphotoplus.com/opencall