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Hope Contest: And the winner is…

Myself and Beat Eisele are pleased to announce the winner of my Hope Contest: Johannes Siglär from Vienna (Austria) with his vision of “Hope”:

"Hope" © Johannes Siglär

"Hope" © Johannes Siglär

We felt that this image was the most intimate and subtle rendering of hope we recieved. There is so much to be read in the old man’s face. A technically and artistically great capture of the complexity that human emotions are! Congratulations Johannes!

What we didn’t know when we chose this image as the winner, is that it shows Johannes’ father and a very personal story of hope behind it. I’ll let Johannes explain in his own words:

“Several years ago, when my father suffered a stroke, hope got the dominant emotion for each and every one of us. We all had only one thought: that this incident may pass without consequences. Fate decided otherwise, our dreams didn’t come true. As a result life got challenging for my father, a permanent struggle with frustration gaining the upper hand. Yet still: from time to time, rarely, there’s a glimmer of hope, when a movement, a smile, a twinkle in his eyes calls to mind the echoes of times gone by. Having the opportunity to capture moments like this, when the joy of living surpasses everything else, is much more than I might expect from photography.”

While the image itself speaks volumes, knowing the story behind it makes it that much stronger and I’m very thankful that Johannes shared it with us!

Johannes says about himself that art in its many forms has always dominated his life. When time between his family and job became sparse, he traded his pencils and acrylics for a camera in order to fulfill his need for creativity in the few slots of free time that remain. Make sure to check out his Flickr and Blog to find more of his outstanding work in portraiture!

And of course a big thanx to all the other participants who sent in their vision of hope! Here are a few of the runners up:

"Hope" © àsìkò www.asiko.net

"Hope" © àsìkò www.asiko.net

Àsìkò’s interpretation is more of a conceptual nature drawing on different layers of religion and society. We liked it a lot because it is so different to most of the other submissions.

"Hope" @ Michaela Müller

"Hope" © Michaela Müller

Michaela’s submission yet again reflects a different facet of hope. While fishing seems a little superficial at fist glance, it actually draws on ancient, mostly christian concepts of hope and absolution.

Personally I think we should do this again. It’s a thrill to see what people come up with, when asked to deliver their own vision of a given theme!


Posted by nicolas_henri on September 21st, 2010 :: Filed under Contest, Photography
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Contest: Show us your Hope!

A few days ago I launched a little contest here. To make sure that none of you miss out, I am making it official here (plus extending the deadline for a week). For my latest exhibition I created an image entitled “Hope”:

Now it’s your turn to show your vision of Hope! Here are the CONTEST Details:

  • Send your images to contact@nicolashenri.ch
  • Image size: no larger than 1000px
  • Image format: JPG
  • Entry Deadline: Friday Sept 10, 2010
  • Contest Jury: Beat Eisele and Nicolas Henri
  • Prizes: 10 runners up will be presented at this blog. The photographer of the best photographic vision of Hope will receive a signed print of my “Hope”.

I am really looking forward to your contributions. In the end all of us will win, when we see the many forms and visions of hope you can come up with!


Posted by nicolas_henri on August 12th, 2010 :: Filed under Contest
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Birth

Today I feel like new things need to begin, so it seems more than appropriate to present another one from the series GLAUBE | LIEBE | HOFFNUNG (Faith, Love, Hope). It is entitled GEBURT (Birth).

Chantal, our six year old model for this image, was a real trooper and professionally endured the massive strobe power we threw at her. In fact, this image was shot in bright daylight, while I pulled a heavy key shift to create the nightly feel. I underexposed the background by 5 stops and compensated the Elinchrom strobes accordingly.  I had one bare strobe head sitting in the hole in the ground in front of Chantal and large softbox to her right.

The location was the backyard of a friendly farmer in Germany. Besides his farming business he runs a holiday lodge which overlooks the location. While I was digging the hole the night before, all of his guests were standing on the balcony watching me. Until the shoot the next day, conspiracy theories about the strange proceedings went haywire. Dead dog, treasure hunt and terror attack were among them…

At the end of the day it’s a seemingly innocent picture about planting new and exciting things in the secrecy of the night.


Posted by nicolas_henri on February 16th, 2010 :: Filed under Lighting, Making Of, On Location, Photography, Set, Uncategorized
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