The first webcam of the story was called ‘the chamber of coffee’ . Twenty years ago, two computer programmers scholars at the University of Cambridge, Quientin Stafford-Fraser and Paul Jardetzsky, proposed setting up a video camera to transmit live via the university network, in order to monitor a coffee maker. The problem was that I was only allowed to make coffee in a very secluded and many served without refilling the pot of water.
Today, taking advantage of the technological revolution of this device, PhotoEspaña and Channel Foundation organized a competition ‘online’ on the artistic possibilities of the picture with webcam. As of May 27 participants will have the chance to go to the page www.phe.es / concursowebcam his portrait. The coordinator of the event, Ines Ruiz, establishes three requirements for participants: “The photographs can only be made ??through the webcam, you can not touch and must be previously unpublished photographs.”
‘Pictures with webcam’ is an initiative that explores a new field and experimental technology “especially in the many artistic possibilities of photography.”
The expressive richness of the portrait is revered by many amateur and professional photographers. A creative genre of photography that engages both experts and all those who, without technique, are in this contest a great artistic content. “At this event everyone can participate due to technical limitations it offers a webcam, as lighting, composition, angle, or the bottom, “he explains.
Sometimes, the idea that you can have on the portrait, is limited to a photo with a close up or medium shot of the person photographed usually with a sitting. But this event aims to go far beyond the classic concept of the portrait. “You have to call public attention, are also portraits hands, eyes, lips, where objects can take a significant value creation for participants,” he says.
A jury of photographer Pierre Gonnord, the cultural manager Rafael Doctor and the blogger Yoani Sanchez, awarded a first prize of 1,500 euros and two of 500 euros. In addition, they will choose about 50 portraits on display at an exhibition ‘online’. “We value the artistic intent and the concept photographic and originality of it,” he says.
The awards ceremony will take place on June 11 in the gardens of the Fundación Canal coinciding with the release of PHotoMarathon, a photo competition that invites photography enthusiasts to visit Madrid in search of the best images of the city.
As of June 3 will be open an exhibition ‘online’ with the best pictures of the contest, which will be held entirely online.