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RFF Vivian Maier Photo Contest - REVISED RULES
Old 07-11-2016   #1
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RFF Vivian Maier Photo Contest - REVISED RULES

OK Folks,

RFF will have a Vivian Maier Photo Contest!

Shoot in Vivian's style.

Winner will be determined by RFF member votes.

Vivian used high end equipment of her day, so I am guessing she would be shooting digital today. Analog or digital are acceptable.

She shot Rollei Twin Lens Reflex 2 1/4 and 35mm Leica (among other cameras) so square or rectangular, B/W or color.

Selfies in her style are definitely allowed, not that you have to dress the part.

Vivian Maier style means emulating her style of shooting as best you can. RFF will vote (one vote per member) on the best Vivian style photo.

Old pics or new pics. No smartphone pics.

You may enter up to 20 pics. Any photo deemed inappropriate for any reason will be removed.

New members may enter the contest. However their vote for the winner will not count unless they have made 20 posts in the forum.

One vote per member - so choose your vote carefully. No changes will be made if you inadvertently vote for the wrong pic. Members may not vote for themselves. Votes are anonymous. The top 10 vote getters will be rated per their number of votes. Lobbying for votes in this forum or any other public venue will get your photos disqualified.

All photos and their copyrights are owned by the photographer. However by entering the contest, members are agreeing to allow RFF to use your photo to advertise RFF contest results for free.

RFF reserves the right to change contest rules without notice if there is sufficient reason, however we will aim not to do so.


Entry Submission ENDS November 1st. 1st Round Voting begins Nov 2 and ends November 15th. If the number of entries is large, the top 20% of vote getters will move on to the 2nd round of voting November 16th to November 30th.

The Vivian Maier contest gallery is now open. Choose the Vivian Maier contest drop down menu from the Gallery Search HERE and upload your pics!


Entries must be uploaded to the RFF Gallery in the Vivian Maier Contest. There are some nice pics in this thread, but posting in this thread does NOT enter you into the contest. That is what the contest gallery is for.


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Can we use old stuff? Or only brand new pics?

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Everything shot with a Rollei TLR? Or just square format?
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Can we please exclude selfies?
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Can we please exclude selfies?
unless it's a reflection of yourself in a store window.
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Perfect timing...I just found 60 rolls of 120 B&W film that I shot 50+ years ago with my TLR...gotta develop them then look for the winning shot...
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Tomorrow, I'm planing to get to the Gallery in Toronto, were they have fresh prints from Maier's negatives...

Maier started with Brownie, switched to TLR and for another two decades to Leica and such. She also used movie cameras.


http://www.vivianmaier.com/about-vivian-maier/

Personally, to me Maier style is not in square, but with picture were person on the street is taken close or very close and person on the picture isn't moving a lot. And because it is TLR pictures which are most known, the lens level is low.
 

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I think we should have more information in the top post. When does it start and when does it finish?

A link to her website shows a good collection of her images.
 

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I am interested!

The current rules are simply "B/W images shot in Vivian's Style." If by "Vivian's style" you include the fact that she shot on 120 with her Rollei, then those that do not may get a penalty but this is up to the wisdom of the crowds.

I originally thought it better to stipulate explicitly that it would be on 120 with a TLR but maybe this is better.
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Does Vivian Style mean, close-ups of people... waist level or eye level?
She did a lot of that... got in close and clicked away.
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Do I need to wear a hat and a rather shapeless dress to be in her style when I'm shooting? Not sure my wife would understand

This sounds like fun. If I get the opportunity, I'll participate.
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I knew she used a few Rolleiflexes (not just a T but that is the one that seems to be most associated with her from self portraits). I wasn't aware she used a Contarex or an Exakta Varex (an embossed IIa, I think). She certainly had good taste in gear, and must have made some sacrifices to procure such expensive kit back in the day on a nanny's income. I seem to recall from seeing the film that at one point she received some form of inheritance, which may have helped.
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Inisting on square let alone a TLR or film will limit participation. I will of course try my Rolleiflex. I do take a lot of waist-level shots with 35mm. Maybe insisting on square crop is right....
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Perfect timing...I just found 60 rolls of 120 B&W film that I shot 50+ years ago with my TLR...gotta develop them then look for the winning shot...
Just drop 'em off in a storage locker somewhere. We'll take care of them for ya.
 

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Do I need to wear a hat and a rather shapeless dress to be in her style when I'm shooting? Not sure my wife would understand

This sounds like fun. If I get the opportunity, I'll participate.
that's a normal saturday night for me...
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Vivian used high end equipment of her day, so I am guessing she would be shooting digital today. Analog or digital.

She shot Rollei and 35mm, so square or rectangular

Selfies in her style are definitely allowed, not that you have to dress the part.

Vivian Maier style means emulating her style of shooting as best you can.

Old pics or new pics.

Entry Submission starts Aug 1st, end Sept 1st. Voting ends Sept 15th.

Sept 1st the HCB contest begins, to October 1st.

How does that sound?

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Very clear. And I suggest that "emulating her style" is plenty to go on and can be interpreted as the contest participant likes without further narrowing down. The voters will decide....
 

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Vivian Maier style means emulating her style of shooting as best you can.
so what's her style?
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so what's her style?
Somewhere between a 1930's vision of sportiness and a nurse's uniform. And a hat...
 

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I gather the winner will be getting a Cosina lens or possibly a Voigtlander RF camera?
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To be true to the VM spirit, we shoot the photos today and the competition take place in 2030
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Sounds like a good idea Stephen.
The only comment I have is about using old pics.
To me it would be more inspiring and challenging to go out and take picture specifically for this contest instead of digging into my archive and look for pics that could fit in it.
It will make the participation on the contest "active".
I will do my best to join the contest.
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OK Folks,

All entries B/W.

I am open to suggestions for other rules or improvements.
She also did some groundbreaking colour work: http://www.vivianmaier.com/gallery/color-1/
 

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Does this mean to gain an advantage in the contest the photographer has to dress up in mid-20th century nanny's clothes and photograph him/herself in storefront windows?

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I like this idea, seems to me pretty obvious what her style is, but I guess I'm in the minority here.
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Does this mean to gain an advantage in the contest the photographer has to dress up in mid-20th century nanny's clothes and photograph him/herself in storefront windows?

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She also did some groundbreaking colour work: http://www.vivianmaier.com/gallery/color-1/
I really like her color work. But funny thing is, I'm not sure I like her work because it is good photography, I think one of the reasons I like it is that it is a time capsule of when I was growing up. There is so much nostalgia in every image of hers, so much flooding of memories, I wonder if that is not what I am more attracted to, as opposed to it being really good photography, like something from Avedon, Bresson, etc.
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Smartphone photos acceptable?
no. Vivian was a gearhead.
I have the feeling that smartphones would have been too dumb for her.
 

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Tomorrow, I'm planing to get to the Gallery in Toronto, were they have fresh prints from Maier's negatives...

Maier started with Brownie, switched to TLR and for another two decades to Leica and such. She also used movie cameras.


http://www.vivianmaier.com/about-vivian-maier/

Personally, to me Maier style is not in square, but with picture were person on the street is taken close or very close and person on the picture isn't moving a lot. And because it is TLR pictures which are most known, the lens level is low.
Maybe I'll enter one from my Brownie Hawkeye Flash. Thanks, I have now made my choice.

EDIT: thanks Stephan for this fun event. I'm not sure I'll win but I'll try.
 

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Interesting thread to read. I agree with bartender about Vivian style.
I just don't think from what I see how high end is directly related to digital; but convenience is.
 

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no. Vivian was a gearhead.
I have the feeling that smartphones would have been too dumb for her.
Oh, I disagree with that. I think she would have loved the smartphone, but only as a camera. Not as a phone !
 

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so...is this a thing or not?
seems mostly to be a discussion about what the rules will be?!
heaven forbid rff tries something creative and not obsess about the rules.

seems straightforward to me...
look at her images...
decide what she was all about and how she did what she did...
try it out for yourself...
rinse & repeat!
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I won't enter this in the contest, but for fun here is a shot I took in Chicago years ago. I was looking through her photos one day and something looked familiar.

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Dark alley original 1950s - Vivian Maier by johnmaloof, on Flickr
 

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ok my best shot alla Maier from today's visit to the exhibition in Barcelona:



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Nice one fixed point ! Looks just like the original. Amazing to compare and contrast.
 

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I won't enter this in the contest, but for fun here is a shot I took in Chicago years ago. I was looking through her photos one day and something looked familiar.

Untitled, on Flickr

Dark alley original 1950s - Vivian Maier by johnmaloof, on Flickr
I prefer yours. The reflection in the puddle adds something great.
 
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