Harford County Center for the Arts looking for Photographers for an upcoming event

The Harford County Center for the Arts and the Harford Plein Air Festival is looking  for a couple of photographers to donate their time and services for our event,.

Our goal is to capture the artists painting at specific locations, as well as to document our Collector’s Preview Party and Award Ceremony, and the Quick Draw Competition.   It would be difficult to arrange for “posed” shots with full lighting gear, as we have limited space at the Liriodendron, and we want to utilize as much space as possible for displaying the artwork.  In an ideal situation, our photographer would arrange to visit the Liriodendron with us prior to the event, to get a better understanding of the space, lighting, and artwork.   During the week, the artists will be painting outdoors at various locations within Harford County.  We would like to have a photographer at Ladew Gardens, as well as in Havre de Grace (see the schedule below).

Harford Plein Air   (Second Annual Plein Air Painting Competition hosted by Maryland Center for the Arts in Harford County, MD)

Tuesday, October 11th
Juried Artists Painting at Ladew Topiary Gardens
Number of Juried Artists: 30
Painting Time Period:  8:00am-6:00pm
Description of Shots:   Artists painting in the gardens. Shots that show the artist’s face and painting, or from the angle of the artist’s viewpoint of their subject as well as their painting.
Number of Shots:  No more than 150 to look at and choose from.

Thursday, October 13th:
Juried Artists Painting in the City of Havre de Grace
Number of Juried Artists:   Up to 30, (but this is an optional paint out for them, so not all 30 may be present)
Painting Time Period:  From Dawn until Dusk
Description of Shots:  Same as above: viewpoint of artist’s subject matter, with the artist and their painting in the shot.
Number of Shots:  No more than 200 to look at and choose from.

Friday, October 14th:
Collector’s Preview Party and Award Ceremony at Liriodendron Mansion (7pm-10pm)
(Juried Artists’ Paintings will be hung in the morning in the Liriodendron’s gallery rooms)
Description of Event: Attendees get the first opportunity to view the paintings and purchase them.  Event includes food, drinks, and live music.
Attire is Cocktail Casual.  Award Ceremony is presented by Harford Plein Air Judge: David Diaz (MD Federation of Art).  Presented awards will include: 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place (Judge’s Choice); Best in Show, Honorable Mentions, etc.    All 30 juried artists will be attending.
Description of Shots:  Artists receiving awards from David Diaz, artists standing next to their award-winning paintings, and artists with their paintings.  Shots of Harford Plein Air organizers, gallery rooms, and people viewing the art.
Number of Shots: No more than 200 shots to choose from.

Saturday, October 15th:
Quick Draw Competition in downtown Bel Air
Description:  Artists of all ages are invited to paint outdoors in downtown Bel Air to enter to win prizes.
Registration/Check-In: 8:00am-9:00am (At Bel Air Farmer’s Market)
Painting Period: 9:00am-11:00am  (Artists will paint anywhere in downtown Bel Air, i.e. Main St.)
Award Ceremony and Art Sale:  11:00am-1:30pm on Office St. next to Bel Air Courthouse.
Description of Shots:   Photographs of children, adults, and juried artists painting along Main St.;  photographs of award-winning paintings; photographs of Hai-Ou Hou presenting awards.
Number of Shots:  No more than 200 shots to choose from.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask me.   I hope these details are helpful.

Thank you,

Amanda Pugh
Manager, Marketing and Development
Center for the Arts (Harford County)
PO Box 687
Bel Air, MD 21014
(office) 443-567-5216


Self Portrait Projects on the Web

Here are two creative self portrait projects recently seen on the web.

Airplane Lavatory Self-Portraits


Nina Katchadourian whiles away long plane journeys by locking herself in the lavatory and pretending to be a 15th century Dutch painting. The project began spontaneously on a flight in March 2010 and is ongoing…

Read more at http://www.sadanduseless.com/2012/04/lavatory-self-portraits/

Borderline Insane Self-Portraits


Iiu Susiraja creates extremely odd self-portraits that she calls “art”. I’m not sure what message she’s trying to deliver, but I am entertained, that’s for sure.

Read more at http://www.eatliver.com/what-did-i-just-see/#jeQPOtM8fCpzedyP.99

Opportunity for Photography Students Thursday April 21st.

My name is Raquel Minwell. I have been asked by a local non profit, 100+ Baltimore to find a photography student who is interested in taking photos for their event this Thursday Night at Union Brewery.  This is not a paid gig but it could be a great opportunity for someone who is interested in adding event work to their portfolio. Up until now the organization has taken all of their photos with cellphones so this could be a great opportunity to shine. Additionally, this is an event that they hold quarterly so there could be more opportunities to work with them.

Below is more info from David, my contact at 100+ about the assignment. I am looking to find someone to fill this position quickly as the event is this Thursday April 21. Please contact me with any questions raqui@raqwell.com.

From David:

We are looking for a local photographer interested helping us grow! Our 1st priority is event photos since all photos to date have been taken from our cellphones:

Our events are setup to be around 100 minutes: 50 minutes social/50 minutes business. We would like photography to begin after everyone has arrived, so closer to the end of the social portion through the rest of the event
We are really hoping to capture the idea that 100+ Baltimore is fun and easy opportunity for anyone to make a real impact to our local Baltimore community, without time-consuming fundraising and planning: 100+ people, $100 each, 100 minutes of their time. Right now, we are focused on building our membership towards 100+ people from the 15+ we have today.
We currently have 2 sponsors, and are always looking for new ways to promote them since this is what we offer in return for their support:
Event venue (eg Union Craft Brewing)
D’Anna Printing & Promotionals, Inc.(www.dannaprints.com) who provides our promotional items like the big check.

We are also open to a photographer providing photos for our Instagram account where we post fun photos of all the reasons we love Baltimore, and why we want to to help it B’more. In return for their support, we offer advertisement on our social media:
“Continued Supporter” listing on our website – http://www.100plusbaltimore.com/donation-history.html
Instagram hashtag – #PhotosByRaqwellPhotography for example
Tagging on all Instagram/FB photos

Thank you for your time,

Raquel Minwell
Raqwell Photography Founder


Spring Break

We will be closing the labs for spring break on Friday March 11th at 4pm.
The labs will reopen on Sunday March 20th for our normal hours.

I would like to make equipment available to all of our students over the whole break but I know there my not be enough to go around for all those who may want it. We have a holiday schedule set up in Web Check Out which will allow equipment signed out on Thursday 3/10 to be due back on Monday 3/21. This allows a 12-day checkout to span the days we are closed for spring break. There will be a reserve limit of one camera, one extra lens, tripod and lighting kit per student through PIR  (Patron Initiated Reserve). Students can begin to make reservations at 12pm on Monday March 7th for equipment to be picked up anytime after 12 noon Thursday March 10th.

Equipment can be reserved for the break on a first come first served basis through PIR. No phone-in reservations will be accepted and only the student borrowing the equipment may make a reservation. All late fines or invoices must be paid before making reservations. Equipment can’t be checked out any earlier than noon on Thursday March 10th. There will be no renewals granted on items check out over spring break. Nor will we allow items checked out before spring break to be renewed as a spring break checkout. All spring break checkouts will be handled as a new checkout at the photo cage after 12 noon on Thursday March 10th.

To accommodate these loans, all previously checked out equipment must be returned by 10 am Thursday March 10th so it can be ready for the reserved checkouts.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Chris Peregoy