For the month of march we explored the many facets of long exposure and the results were simply breathtaking. As always our members went far above and beyond to create work that is both heartfelt and deeply moving as well as unique in a way only personal vision can guarantee.
Without further delay, here are our Featured Artists for the month of March.
Top Submissions in no Particular Order:
And From our Admin Team:
Looking forward to posting the Mid Month Inspiration Challenge from our March Entries! Stay tuned!
This months Inspiration challenge we chose a quote from one of my most favourite books, a fairly well known quote by this author but altogether lovely, we used the hashtag #welovewhatwelove to challenge our members to reach deep inside and pull out some work that really resonated with them personally.
“It had flaws, but what does that matter when it comes to matters of the heart? We love what we love. Reason does not enter into it. In many ways, unwise love is the truest love. Anyone can love a thing because. That's as easy as putting a penny in your pocket. But to love something despite. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and pure and perfect.” - Patrick Rothfuss
Top 5 in no particular order:
Please join us for our newest inspritation challenge in our Facebook Group we'd love to see you there!
The month of February was spent exploring low light in it's many forms and distinctions. We encouraged our Imperfectionist group members to share images taken in a variety of low light situations and the turn out was absolutely fabulous.
One of the things about low light that we love is the story that can exist in the shadows of an image, where the question lies in the darkness. This creates an ebb and flow in an image that can tell some stories in ways a well lit area just can't quite capture.
With that, here are some of the most breathtaking images shared with us for this technique exploration and keep an eye out for a post in the coming days for our inspiration challenge too!
The Spotlight Artists
in no particular order:
And From our Admin Team:
We have such an incredible announcement, Julie Ormonde is the admin and founder of Distorted Beauty and she had this to say about this incredible new adventure we will all be embarking on:
Distorted Beauty and Fantastically Flawed are two groups of the same mind, the same mission, and the same goals. We are absolute friends in the creative community. We both want a space that is comfortable for creatives to express themselves, to push outside the mainstream box, and their own internal box. We want a place for people to explore, learn, laugh, and grow together. We want a place that celebrates and cherishes the imperfect as perfect. The flawed as beauty. The distorted as fabulous. We have decided that the best way to do this is to join our communities together to create something more. More support, more conversations, and more fun! We plan to bring challenges, education, and a sense of family through all of our voices. We do hope you will find a home with us as “The Imperfectionists”.
So with that beautiful prelude we would like to introduce to you a little of Julies astonishing work.
Please join us here: the imperfectionists
01.15.18 through 10.21.18
For this mini challenge the motivation was simple, lets get this amazing group sharing their hearts out.
Well, we were as usual left utterly breathless at the simply astonishing submissions and it was as difficult as ever to choose the top 10. Pretty near impossible I think as it took us well into the next challenge to choose.
In no particular order they are as follows:
COMING SOON TO OUR COMMUNITY <-- click here to join
Welcome to The Imperfectionists! As we amped up our new community facebook group and new members started joining us to contribute to the absolutely lovely atmosphere we have seen blooming there we decided to encourage everyone to introduce themselves with some of their favourite flawed images and in order to be featured share them on our community wall with the hashtag "hello" so in the spirit of introducing our community to you properly, here is one image from every member who submitted to our very first theme.
Prepare to have your socks blown off, we certainly have.
This may be our best blog yet. The amount of talent in these simple introductions left us completely in awe of the incredible talent within each unique individual we have in our community.
Voices speaking loudly through silent still images. We are so blessed to share these with you.
(join us here <--- click me! for the month of February we are exploring Low Light)
IF WE MISSED YOUR SUBMISSION PLEASE NOTIFY US!!!
11.21.17 through 12.05.17
We all have anxiety, we can all somehow relate. Some of us have more anxiety than what should naturally occur and it becomes disruptive to everyday life while others just experience the type of anxiety that is practical in the face of public speaking or skydiving, or christmas dinner with the inlaws.
Those of you who opened your hearts to us this round, we are so grateful and so humbled by your bravery, for this reason, after the spotlight artist, we have decided to feature all of the amazing images that were shared with us this round. Thank you all for your incredible vulnerability, we are so very honoured.
A special thank you to our guest judge this round Kate Brezicha of Anchors Away Photography for this beautiful theme.
--Anxiety-- "we have hope, which is the anchor for the soul. Firm and secure" - Hebrews 6:19
Congratulations to our spotlight artist Molly Anna Photography
Kate had this to say about your image: It shows how someone can be trapped, feeling like their stuck somewhere they shouldn't be. Like they can't move or do anything.. the static. All of it just really pulls the photo to complete it.
The other incredible images from this series of open hearts are as follows in no particular order:
My darlings! You can't possibly grasp how truly excited we are to announce we have started a new community facebook group where we will have educational content, discussions, and an open forum for sharing. We will be restructuring the facebook page and encouraging you all to share in the group for our challenges in the hopes we will get you inspired and out to shoot something new each round.
We are all so absolutely elated to have you join us here!
11.07.17 through 11.21.17
This theme was such a wonderfully subjective one. We were able to look within rather than without for this challenge and we are so thrilled to have had such a wonderful turnout on such a busy couple of weeks. Happy Thanksgiving to our USA community members!! We were so blessed to have Alicia Fethke of Alicia Fethke Photography with us for this round.
Congratulations to our spotlight artist Earth Angels- Angela Juhasz Photography
This image is particularly striking, the reflection inspires a sense of wonder and imagination while her wistful expression suggests she is lost somewhere in her mind. Beautiful.
Top 5 in no particular order:
We want to thank you each for visiting us on your holiday weekend and look forward to seeing you soon for big announcements on our Facebook page!
Our most recent theme with the lovely Kate Brezicha of Anchors Away Photography is a lovely verse paired with the emotion -Anxiety- "we have hope, which is the anchor for the soul. Firm and secure" - Hebrews 6:19
SEE YOU THERE WE LOVE YOU!
10.31.17 through 11.07.17
Subjectivity, such a wonderful way to bring out the creative in all of us with a theme so perfectly calculated to get those wheels spinning. With themes like this, where you are open to interpret whatever you wish to from the theme we end up with some of the most absolutely stunning submissions it blows our minds here at Fantastically Flawed. The lovely Ceri Herd of Ceri Herd Photography with is for this amazing theme and you would not believe the caliber of submissions we received. I feel as though I know you all a little better.
Congratulations to our spotlight artist Anita Cline
Ceri had this to say about her winning image: Anita's stunning image stopped me in my tracks the moment I saw it! The freelesnsed softness creates a dream-like texture of fallen leaves and glowing bokeh, along with creative and attention-grabbing focus on beautiful rich red tones, is magical and nostaglic. Simply perfect.
And the top 9 in no particular order:
Admin Honourable Mention: Wilhelmina Photography
This image is so absolutely stunning and full of rich textures it stopped me right in my tracks! What a wow shot from this carefully styled shoot! Well done!
Please join us on Facebook and on Instagram next round for the lovely Alicia Fethke with "Life is a reflection of what you choose to see" -Unintentional reflections-
WE LOVE YOU IN ALL YOUR FLAWED WONDER
Thank you for being here with us! You all make this community wonderful!
10.10.17 through 10.24.17
My Autumn! What more can I say? We loved seeing all the beautiful interpretations of all this gorgeous season has to offer, with all the colours bursting through the forests in my area it was amazing to see what details caught everyones eye in all the different places you all live. Seeing this season through all your lenses was simply a privilege.
Admin Judge: Jade Lyf of Lyf is Grand Photography
Congratulations to our spotlight artist Janet Douglas
This image is absolutely breathtaking! I am completely speechless by this incredible work of art. What a wonderful use of double exposure and texture. Amazing work!
Top 5 images in no particular order:
Join us in our facebook group to share your own vision and photography with us and be inspired by others. Also feel free to continue to share your weekly faves on our facebook page for a chance to be featured.