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Fear New Music Festival: A Celebration of Music and Photography
Legendary Life Magazine photographer, Burk Uzzle (right), is one of America's most highly regarded photographers. He is a North Carolina native who has given more than five decades to his unique blend of the American sensibility. In 1962 at age 23, he became the youngest contract photographer ever hired by Life Magazine. From 1967 to 1983 he was a member photographer of the Magnum Photo Agency and from1979 -1980 served as its president. From 1983 he has worked as an independent photographer with numerous magazine and corporate clients, museum and gallery exhibitions, and he has had published several books of his work. Burk Uzzle is represented by the Lawrence Miller gallery in NYC.
The Cape Fear New Music Festival: A Celebration of
Music & Photography
Contest goal: to employ photography (visual art) to interpret music (auditory art). The celebration will include a musical concert during which photography will be exhibited: both Burk Uzzle's photography and the contestants' winning photos. The festival will also include a talk by Burk Uzzle and others on the relationship between the visual and auditory arts. A reception for all guests and participants will follow.
will listen to three of the movements from the musical composition
Music for the contest: www.youtube.com/user/MUArtsandHumanities
Guidelines: Contestants will submit up to one photo each for movement #1, movement #4a (the first half of the movement, about the first 3 minutes), movement #4b (the second half of the movement, about the last 3 minutes), and movement #5. Individual contestants may submit less than four photos but no more than four photos total: one for each of the four movement selections.
Deadline to submit photos: March 10, 2014
Prizes: All winners will receive prizes totaling over $100: dinner with Burk Uzzle at ScrubOaks and an autographed copy of his photography book, a Steve's Sweet Treats coupon, and the exhibition and 12"x18" art board mounted print of the winning photo. Grand prize winner will also receive a subscription to Aperture and Sun Magazine and a $60 gift certificate.
Description of the Musical Composition: California Low Brow is a set of five sketches (of which three will be used for the concert/contest) for solo piano in which composer, Keith Dippre, explores the features of the instrument he enjoys most, that is, colorful harmony, infectious rhythm, and sonorous timbre. The first sketch, an Etude, is an icy exploration of the higher register. An arrhythmic, chant-like line gives the etude a kind of detached stasis and feeling of irresolution. (An Etude is an instrumental musical composition, usually short, and designed to provide practice material for perfecting a particular musical skill. The tradition of writing études emerged in the early 19th century with the rapidly growing popularity of the piano.) Songs from a Landfill is the fourth installment of Low Brow, and it is a nostalgia-laden ode to forgotten ditties and demos: a backhanded tribute to all the aborted, now forgotten, themes that just never were. The fifth and final installment is entitled Ultra Swank, an impressionistic study inspired by Messiaen's birds. These birds, however, are not that exotic, as they tend to habituate in many popular west coast lounges and are sometimes mistaken for species of lizard. The piano marking half pedal is prominent in this piece and is used to created aggregate clouds of sound from various cadenzas and chords.
Technical Requirements for the Photographs: Photographs may be either color or monochrome. The content of each submission must be suitable for public viewing by all ages and is subject to approval. If people are recognizable in the photograph, you must obtain their consent for the pictures to be entered in the competition and used on MU's website and other publications, free of copyright. Photographs should not be digitally modified in ways other than "traditional darkroom" techniques. Photo Enhancement techniques allowed are: color correction, brightness & contrast control of entire image or part of it (dodging or burning, levels and curves), cropping (but please note final size must fulfill the size requirements), and image rotation. Disallowed are: the use of cloning or healing brush; use of digital filters; no details may be erased from the photo (except by cropping) nor added to it; and no photo composite or HDR photos (combining images).
Submission Instructions: Photographs must be saved digitally as a jpeg file with minimum compression and in a 4x6 proportion with a minimum of 3200 pixels on the longer edge. But please keep the maximum under 4200 pixels per edge so that the file can be emailed. The winning photographs will be both projected and displayed as a 12"x18" print. Photographs can be either "landscape" or "portrait" in orientation.
Note: To find the pixel size of your photograph, on a PC right-click on the image file, select Properties from the pop-up menu, then select the Summary tab. Click on the Advanced button to view the dimensions. On a Mac control-click on an image and select Get Info from the pop-up menu to view the dimensions.
Please name each file MOVEMENT1, LastName, TitleofPhoto.jpg (or obviously Movement4a, Movement 4b, or Movement5 as appropriate)
Please email each submission separately to MethodistArtsandHumanities@gmail.com.
Include in the body of the email your name, address, contact info, and title of the photo. For minors, please include a brief statement indicating parental consent.
The deadline is March 10, 2014, but contestants are encouraged to submit before this deadline.
Questions? Please contact Steven Brey: or 910-630-7090