The Game is a group of 10 professional photographers challenging themselves to do what they do best illustrate stories, capture emotions and reveal concepts through photography.
How it works – Every 10 days in repeating order, a given photographer’s “game day” will arrive. On that day, the photographer will create and post a new image, a visual response to the previous photographer’s submission. One of the most underestimated challenges in playing the Game is the accelerated deadline – 24 hrs in which to conceptualize, source materials, shoot, enhance and deliver the image.
While we call this venture a Game, it is more than that. Creating images has been a calling and a hard earned profession for all of the photographers involved. The project requires a year long commitment, for a total of 365 images per year, now embarking on year four!
We all hope you enjoy the ride, maximize your desktop screen for gnarliest experience.
On that day, the photographer created and posted an image on the project website, with ￼each new one serving as both a response to the previous image as well as a challenge to the next day’s photographer. The game tested participants’ artistic and logistical mettle, with each photographer having a 24-hour window to conceptualize, source, shoot, enhance, and deliver an image.
“When I was first approached about the Daily Photo Game concept, I was so discouraged about the photography industry and my personal photography in general,” says commercial photographer Russ Widstrand of Portland, Ore. “I didn’t pick up a camera anymore for personal work, just for jobs. Now, having spent a year on the game, I feel a newness in my volition to create … a kind of freedom of expression and dialogue with fellow artists that fuels me and calls me to do more.” Participant Martin Trailer concurs. “I feel more willing to explore and try new things,” says the San Diego-based photographer. “The game has loosened me up. I feel less constricted without someone looking over my shoulder. I think more like I did when I first started in the business, looking for unique opportunities, exploration, fun.” Version 2.0 of the game…” READ MORE HERE.
Four of the participating photographers, Eliot Crowley, Blue Fier, Jay Ahrend and Robert Nease from the “The Daily Photo Game” were able to attend the opening night reception and later that evening they were involved in a panel discussion hosted and moderated by Rob Johnson, Curator of the Cypress Photo Gallery. There was a lively discussion and substantive questions raised about the project concept and how the logistics of the game was played.
“Gamers” Robert Nease and Jay Ahrend conceived the original concept and show layout, Russ Widstrand helped with the pagination (over 365 images on seven panels) along with designing the show invitation. Seven large 48 x 36 in. panels representing all images posted for the Games’ first year (2013) were displayed in the main Gallery. Five images from this first year were selected from each of the ten photographers, and hung as 20″ x 24″ in. prints in the larger Lobby Area of the Gallery.