By now you may have seen wizard artist Neil Harbisson's super-viral 2012 TED Talk, demonstrating technology that allows him to "hear" color. Or maybe you're a fan of Design Observer and attended their pivotal "What Design Sounds Like" symposium in New York City in 2015. Or perhaps you marveled at Aperture's Fall 2016 Issue "Sounds," which explored the impact of music on photography. The interest in the intersection of the senses has drawn fascinating work across a range of creative media for years.
But more abstractly, is it possible to make a photograph of what we hear?
What are some photographic representations of riffs, repetition and tone?
How might an image have a verse and refrain?
For Humble's next open call, we're interested in seeing how photographers represent sound, music, any kind of audio frequencies in their work, with three major caveats:
No band photos. No live music photos. No photos of musical instruments. Let us see sound as we'd least expect it.
August 15th, 2017
1. Please submit your 50-ish word bio, statement and other information via THIS FORM.
2. Email five (5) JPGs at 1,800 pixels on the longest side to submit AT hafny DOT org with
"Seeing Sound Submission" in the subject line, and each image titled with your name and the title of the image (i.e. Andy_Warhol_Bannana_01)
IMPORTANT: Please do NOT submit zipped folders of images.
ALSO IMPORTANT: Please do NOT watermark your images. We promise you, if we use them, we will give you proper attribution, but cannot take submissions seriously that include watermarks.
Want quicker visibility on your submissions? AFTER submitting via email, Hashtag #HAFSOUND and @humbleartsfoundation on Instagram.
All submissions must follow the above guidelines.
Humble's co-founder and curatorial director Jon Feinstein will select photographers to feature in HAFNY's online Group Show #54: Seeing Sound which will go live on Humble's website in September, 2017, and potentially be shared on Humble's Instagram. We will announce selected photographers via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram feed and through our mailing list.
About the Curator:
Jon Feinstein is Humble's co-founder and curatorial director. He has curated exhibitions Glassbox Gallery in Seattle, Photographic Center Northwest, Hasted Kraeutler, and Phillips de Pury. His writing has appeared in Daylight, Slate, and Time, and his numerous projects have been featured in Vice, Aperture, The New York Times, HyperAllergic and The New Yorker, among others. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter @jonfeinstein.
About the header image:
That appears courtesy of our friends at Shutterstock.