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The Opus Big Picture 2013 Gallery

The Opus Big Picture

Thank you to everyone who participated in our digital photography event:

The Opus Big Picture 2013: Red, Yellow, & Blue

Luscious bright colours and thought-provoking imagery were plentiful amongst the entries to the First Annual Opus Big Picture Event. Participants joined in from all across the country, offering stunning digital photographs depicting our theme of “Red, Yellow, Blue”.

184 exciting entries poured in over the first 10 days of October and our judges had their work cut out for them! With a diverse range of subject matter, their interpretations of the primary colours truly embraced the “big picture”.

The judges' top selections in person at all six Opus stores in BC starting November 8, 2013 at the Opus Big Picture Exhibition.

And the judges top pic(k)s are...


Michelle Loughery
“When I met this colt, I knew that she and I were going on a journey. I brought out a canvas and paint and she responded immediately. She walked around, sniffed, and then just stood there. I was inspired to take the picture as it was incredible to me that she actually engaged in the process. Yellow, blue and red make for painted pony. I picture the future for this paint horse and healing and the power of art.”

Selected by Morten Rand-Hendriksen & Angela Chih
12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon

“The organic swirls of spilled paint bring out the beauty of nature's chaos. The play of colours offer a stylized representation; of clouds, of vortexes, of oil on water. The introduction of a horse's hooves adds a surprising absurdity and story. Did the horse step in the paint, or is this the equine Jackson Pollock?”


Kelly Schubert
“This photo was taken on Pandora Street, on a yellow sunny day, of a 100 year old red building - the face only with the blue sky surrounding it. I love the old buildings of Victoria. I remember when this building was on fire and the only remaining part left standing was the front steel facing wall. It was like that for about 10 or 15 years. Now that part of the building is being enveloped by the new condo, the Union.”

Selected by Rita Minichiello
Vernissage Photography & Exhibitions

“Red, Yellow, and Blue creates balance and harmony.
Harmony engages the viewer and it creates an inner sense of order, a balance in the visual experience. Colour harmony delivers visual interest. The photographer recognizes this and has captured balance in its simplest form and true to the photographic medium.”


Will Datene
Injecting Color. Will’s photography career has spanned over three decades. He started his career in fashion photography in New York City. In recent years he has focused on Stock images for world-wide distribution. If you would like to see more of Will’s work you can visit his web site, Datene Photography.

Selected by Johnathon Vaughn Strebly
epixStudios

“[This submission] has taken the time to showcase the value of the theme and how the raw materials of creativity are required to see ideas come to life. The image is at once metaphor and process document. Considering the seemingly endless possibilities with Red, Yellow, and Blue as your source ingredients, the neutral environment of the rest of the image is yet a canvas for the potential. This image allows the viewer to project what may be next, and that is the big sell for me.”

The Prizes!

Each of judges' top selections are receiving an Facemounted print of their work, and their work is featured in the November 2013 edition of the Opus Visual Arts Newsletter, available in stores or by subscription for Opus PLUS Members from November 1-20, 2013.

In addition, you can view these works in person at all Opus stores starting November 8, 2013! The Opus Big Picture exhibition features each image presented in a unique way, selected to complement the work:
• Michelle Loughery's horse, Rory, and her paint-filled canvas have been printed on fine art digital canvas, stetched on 1 1/2" deep bars, with the contemporary profile of the Opus SUMO Pre-cut Metal Framing System in white surrounding it, gently punctuating this playful image.
• Kelly Shubert's photograph is printed on Opus Fine Art Digital Watercolour Paper and treated to custom frame with double mats providing a window into her image's world.
• The high gloss finish of Facemounting was perfect for Will Dantene's image, setting off his look inside the creative mind perfectly.

Honorable Mentions

We also asked each of our judges to select an alternate choice for their top image, in the event that one image was selected as the top pick by more than one judge. That did not occur but we wanted to honour those images as well by featuring them here and in our November 2013 Opus Visual Arts Newsletter as honourable mentions.


Rob Buchanan: “The ancient town of Baktapur, Nepal has the subdued colour palette of worn wood and aged brick yet each year, during the festival of Dashain, residents dress in vibrant hues including red, blue, and yellow to celebrate the victory of Goddess Durga over the Demon Mahishasura.”

As selected by Morten Rand-Hendriksen & Angela Chih: “A true photographer sees beauty in the banal and frames it in a way that makes us think. The brightly coloured clothes of the children contrast the uniformity of their surroundings while their youth contrasts the aged locale. In the photo we see friendship, life, and a hope for the future.”


Wendy McAlpine: “These colours are the building blocks of other colours so I thought of what builds my art students world view. Then I used projection from the video projector over the background of my classroom internet brower and brushed it up with a little photoshop, giving it a little bit more literal-ity. This digital image speaks to the primary colours of the emerging generation of artists as being music, video and the internet. The elements in the photo are projected music, an internet browser and a simulation of video lights as well as a high school art student.”

As selected by Rita Minichiello: “The photographer understands the use of primary colour to create visual harmony. The photographer also understands light and shadow as the core of photography. This combination has produced visually pleasing and true to the theme of Red, Yellow and Blue.”


Thom Harvey Kline: “Colour is fun! The title is "Alien Sphere". The inspiration is play, to have bright bugs (Red Yellow & Blue) marching in their own world. I use Photomontage as a digital art form to captures images to inform and entertain. The composition, colour and content of the individual photos become the components of the montage. I obtain original images, on locations or in the studio, to create these Photomontages.”

As selected by Johnathon Vaughn Strebly: “I normally cringe at fish eye and distorted photographs but everything about this image is using the effect as a necessary perspective and not merely a novelty. The normally tiny subject matter is given a place of honour and focus with this viewpoint and the whimsical quality of the illustrative style and colour draws one into an ethereal place we often take for granted when walking past, or through, such wonder.”

Congratulations to all who participated in this event and thank you for sharing your vision and your talent. This was our first ever digital photography event and we look forward to taking all we learned this time around to make our next Opus Big Picture even better. See you in 2014!


Browse through the Opus Big Picture 2013 Gallery below to see how 184 photographers interpreted theme of "Red, Yellow, Blue".

We hope you're inspired to join us for next year's event!

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