The Photo Brigade is hosting a new photography contest, judged by Kendrick Brinson and David Walter Banks, two self-established authorities in the photography community. Having both worked with clients such as the New York Times and Time Magazine, their vast knowledge of editorial photography is unequivocal. The happily married couple sees photography as a love story, a language composed more of poetic sculpture and prose than factual discourse. As professional photographers who document news, people, and long-term stories, they find it just as important to photograph their own journeys; their own love. Kendrick and David create breath-taking portraits of one another, documenting their deeply rooted love for one another. Their portraits are versatile and candid, often capturing moments we can only hope never slip away. Now, along with The Photo Brigade, Kendrick and David want to invite aspiring photographers to do the same. Alongside guest judge Robert Caplin, Kendrick and David are asking photographers to submit their best portrait work, whether the image is of you, someone you personally know, or simply an image that conjures up feelings of intimacy or closeness with your subject. One winner will receive a one-year standard membership to PhotoShelter and other great prizes.
For us, photography has always been a love story, and a language composed more of poetic sculpture and prose than factual discourse. We first fell hard and fast, like a timeless oak, for this little box of light. We fell in sync, though not as one for years to come. Then she sang her siren song from 527 miles away and he came running. We then fell swiftly and just as hard for each other with the ease of unspoken and unknown destiny. From there our journey to find voice and direction in the ever-so-complicated dialect of imagery would forever be intertwined.
As professional photographers who document news, people, and long-term stories, we find it just as important to photograph our own journeys, our own love, and our own loved ones as it is the people we photograph for our clients. Photography is about recording history and preserving memories, whether they are our memories or someone else’s. The lines between work and personal life are often blurred because we are so passionate about photography.
These images are but a small slice of our own personal chronicle, and our own evidence of experience on this earth. Sometimes they lean more toward fact, but often they are a more fantasized and surreal version of those memories. These fabricated scenarios are often just as important as the cold hard truths. Perhaps it is not the earthquake and subsequent power-outage we want to remember, but the laughter in the tiny blue room of our hostel as we experimented with flashlights. For just as any news-story can go to show, it’s often the sidebar that wins hearts and minds.