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RPF 2019 International Open Call: Beauty in Imperfection

Close on February 22, 2019
RPF 2019 International Open Call: Beauty in Imperfection
RPF 2019 International Open Call: Beauty in Imperfection
Host: RPF
Territory: Worldwide
Theme(s): Beauty in imperfection
Eligibility: Open to all
Entry: Free
Prize: Exhibition
Now in its fourth year, RPF 2019 will include responses to our open call: Beauty in imperfection: reclaiming our aesthetic sensibility. Participants are encouraged to respond to this theme through the use of analogue and cameraless photography (including historical and alternative processes) or digital photography (including photo painting, photo-montage and digital printing skills).

The aim of this year's festival is to return to the essence of our Reclaim Photography manifesto, by reclaiming the best in art photography. This year our festival theme is Beauty in imperfection: reclaiming our aesthetic sensibility.

Wabi Sabi is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. It is a beauty of things modest and humble. It is a beauty of things unconventional. Leonard Koren, ‘Wabi Sabi for artists, designers, poets and philosophers', 2008.

In this year's open call, the festival sets out to explore the aesthetic value of Wabi Sabi, as described by Koren, by proposing that there is beauty to be found in imperfection, impermanency and incompleteness, thus creating an aesthetic consciousness.

The intangible qualities of beauty and imperfection assumes a transcendental significance within photography, directing the sensibility of the viewer to look beyond the immediately apparent and to search deeper within oneself for meaning and essence.

Aesthetic consciousness can be explored either through the use of photographic processes and techniques, the photographer's artistic interpretation, from the subject matter; or by a combination of all three.

Participants are encouraged to respond to this theme through the use of analogue and cameraless photography (including historical and alternative processes) or digital photography (including photo painting, photo-montage and digital printing skills). We hope to attract images in the form of:

* portraiture- self, individual or group; * experimental imagery; * still-life photography - objects or the natural world; * landscape photography - coastal, rural or urban; * and documentary photography.
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