Shooting Challenge: Mixed Media

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Digital has made photography simple at the cost of tactility. We don't touch film or prints anymore; there's a new disconnect from photos and physical art. For this week's Shooting Challenge, you'll start in digital but end up somewhere else.


The Challenge

Take a photo, then create that photo into something new and physical. Then, take a photo of THAT.

The Technique

With mixed media, anything goes. You can simply print your image on paper and arrange that paper in a unique way. You can bring in other materials - wood, metal, sprinkles and puff paints - whatever you want to interpret your photo in a unique way.

I would recommend keeping your photo simple in terms of using identifiable shapes...but then again, mixed media is a perfect venue for abstraction.

Just have fun. Challenge yourself. Do something new. Take a risk.

The Example

Our lead example is by Dublin artist Asbestos - it's mixed media on "Wood found on streets and beaches in Dublin, Belfast, Kerry, and London." Even in this photo of the piece, you can make out various textures from both the painting/printing process inks and the materials themselves. Yet, it manages to look cohesive while bringing a level of grime that would be impossible to capture on a digital screen alone. (The photo itself, which we're of course viewing on a screen, does it little justice I'm sure.)


Oh, and according to the gallery hosting it (which may be dated), it was on sale for $4000. You know, if you're looking for the perfect stocking stuffer.

The Rules

1. Submissions need to be your own.
2. Photos must be taken since this contest was announced (read more on that above).
3. Explain, briefly, the equipment, settings, technique and story behind shot.
4. Email submissions to, not me.
5. Include 970px wide image (200KB or less) AND a 2560x1600 sized in email. I know that your photo may not fall into those exact high rez dimensions, so whatever native resolution you're using is fine.
6. One submission per person.
7. Use the proper SUBJECT line in your email (more info on that below)
8. You agree to the Standard Contest Rules - though we DO accept non-US resident submissions.
9. If the image contains any material or elements that are not owned by you and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the image, you are responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the image in the manner set forth in these rules without additional compensation. If any person appearing in any image is under the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on each release.


Send your best photo by Monday, Dec 19th at 8AM Eastern to with "Mixed Media" in the subject line. Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnameMixed.jpg (970px wide) and FirstnameLastnameMixedWallpaper.jpg (2560px wide) naming conventions. Include your shooting summary (camera, lens, ISO, etc) in the body of the email along with a story of the shot in a few sentences. And don't skip this story part because it's often the most enjoyable part for us all beyond the shot itself!

Mark Wilson is the founder of Philanthroper, a daily deal site for nonprofits.




I just feel sorry for the Giz folks that have to sift through all the "moneyface" pictures that will inevitably be submitted.