Project Compeition Winner!

© Zachary Swearingen

We were thrilled to have Aline Smithson, artist and creator of Lenscratch, serve as the juror for this year's project competition. Aline looked through the Virb websites that the students created, specifically at their semester-long projects for FA382. She sent back comments about all of the work, and chose Zachary Swearingen as the winner.

About his work, Smithson said, "There was intelligent thinking with approach to portraiture -- much of it I echo myself -- and his ability to create truly striking painterly portraits and at the same time keep the work contemporary is fantastic.  I really resonated with his idea that we need to slow down our photographic practice, to take the time to really "see," to consider and to commit to an image. His portraits are timeless -- the shot with the woman with the rust turtleneck is amazing, but all have a wonderful combination of stillness, of composition, and of color...  I think there is a depth to this work that sets it apart and I extend a huge bravo to Zachary."

For winning the competition, Zachary receives equipment from Think Tank Photo, who has been a generous friend of the class for the past few years.  Thank you, Aline and Think Tank, and congratulations, Zachary!

© Zachary Swearingen

© Zachary Swearingen

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