Voting is now closed for ArtPrize 2014. At a whopping 398,714 votes, tonight a grand winner will be declared. You can check out festivities and the after party tonight at Rosa Parks Circle. If you checked out ArtPrize photos taken from an iPhone, then you’ll like what a Canon digital camera can do. Below are some images from opening weekend.
First Weekend at ArtPrize
Oh that first weekend of ArtPrize was gorgeous. The weather was nice and warm. Rays of glorious warm undertones shined on just about everything. Here you see beautiful landscape of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Linus peered over the edge, looking at the water. It took awhile to realize that everyone was admiring the rocks. An artist etched fish as an entry for ArtPrize.
Who wouldn’t love spending time sightseeing, enjoying the weather, and embracing a bit of art at the same time?
Second Weekend at ArtPrize
On the following weekend, we made a second trip to ArtPrize. My digital photography professor recommended that I see a powerful installation of a photographer who was embedded with a military unit in Afghanistan. If you think of the limitations of what a 35mm film camera had when photojournalists were embedded with military units (think Robert Capa back in World War II), then you’ll be overwhelmed to see these large-scale photographic images. Ryan Spencer Reed’s work, “Despite Similarities to Reality, This is a Work of Fiction,” is quite a lot to take in.
For many Americans, war is seen on tv or read in newspapers. Reed asks viewers to slow down and ponder the cost of war, not shared in the media.
There was one image that really highlighted the cost of war. In the news, we see a casket of a fallen soldier covered with an American flag, conveying patriotism and heroism. But here, it’s a stark contrast – the reality of war.
Nearly a decade ago, I spent a short month over in Afghanistan, and it brought back a flood of memories from my limited civilian perspective. Contrary to what media or leadership inside the Washington D.C. beltway say, the cost of war is not measured by numbers, but by the human condition. And that’s something not measurable. The men and women who faithfully serve know the true cost of war, and we were one of the few who were able to slow down and take in a brief moment of their experience, even from thousands of miles away.
Food for thought as the U.S. is still fighting the war on terrorism.
From my hometown to yours,