Lee Grant – Photography Blog

Winning streaks and little freaks

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Well, it’s been a little while since my last proper post. Life is pretty hectic and with the freeze about to set in, seems to be getting harder. Or at least I’m slower, can’t bear the cold. Plus add to that, end of semester at uni, end of contracts at work, looming thesis deadlines and the global panic about swine flu, and it ain’t all that pretty to contemplate either! However having complained thus far, I do have some good news too. This year I’d decided, was going to be my year where I’d persistently enter all the worthwhile competitions for photography. And so far, so good. Have managed to be a finalist in a few comps (Head On and Josephine Ulrick), managed to exhibit in a group show at the ACP (no mean feat) and have just come back from a cyclonic week in Melbourne and Sydney for the Sony/ACMP Projections, another competition in which I managed to edge in as a finalist. A step up however, has seen me not only win my section (which was the art category – there was also commercial and editorial categories) but also the whole competition!

Pretty groovy really. The only thing I’ve ever won…. well, except for a ridiculous Dolly competition I entered when I was 13. A pull-out poster of a pretty girl with no makeup, our job was to give her a makeover. I figured being the precocious teenager that I was, that she was perfectly lovely without the makeup and wrote a long manifesto along these lines…. my prize you ask??? $150 worth of cheap and crappy makeup you wouldn’t see your daughter dead in! Ironic wouldn’t you say! Suffice to say that 20 odd years later, I’m pretty pleased with my prize of a new Sony a900 DSLR and lens (much more appropriate!), a few vouchers for book-making, studio hire in Sydney, ACMP membership and a few other odds and sods. Not bad methinks since it was only $10 to enter! Plus it was a foray for my Belco Pride series. Good to test the waters and obviously it must have hit a nerve as most people seemed to like it. So all in all, a busy but quite productive few weeks. I think the trick from this point on, is to keep producing (not difficult) but also to keep up the contacts – old and new – as well as to keep entering all those competitions. If you have any doubts about this process (which I admit I did once upon a time), all I can say is DON’T. It can really pay off.

I also wanted to share some images from a German photographer called Anna Skladmann whose series Little Adults (about young Russian aristocrats) are both disturbing and beguiling (thanks Vikky for the link):




little_adults_009all images from the series Little Adults (courtesy Anna Skladmann)

Written by Lee Grant

June 6, 2009 at 5:43 pm

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  1. Hi Lee,
    I’ve been watching your blog and admiring your work for a while. Congratulations on winning projections, well deserved. I too set out to enter a few competitions this year and was shortlisted for Head On. It’s a nice feeling. Congratulations again.

    Phill Hunt


    June 11, 2009 at 7:18 pm

  2. Thanks Phill! Likewise, congrats on being shortlisted for Head On.


    June 13, 2009 at 7:23 pm

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