The fifty50 project

by JB on January 24, 2012

This is a call for subjects. Please spread the word.
Do you live in or around Bristol? I would love to take a portrait of you.

Here’s an example of the kind of thing I’m shooting (yep, it’s a self portrait to prove I’m not afraid of being in front of the camera!)
 (Jonathan Bowcott)
There’s a blog The fifty50 Project with all the details (re-printed below).

In the meantime I hope this info will catch your attention and you’ll be up for a really dynamic black and white portrait.

This is an opportunity for anyone to take part in a contemporary art photography project.

The fifty50 project sets out to produce fifty, large format, exhibition quality, black & white portraits all shot on the AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4G lens.

Concentrating on those who live, work or are from the Bristol area it will include people of all ages and gender.

Subjects will come from all socio-economic groups.

The images do not set out to make any political or social comment. They are just strong, dynamic images.

Inspiration is taken from the style of some the iconic photographers of the 1960’s. Including; David Bailey, Terence Donovan, Brian Duffy & Terry O’Neil to name but four.

The fifty50 project will photograph you either; in our studio, in your home or at your place of work. We will bring a white background, a camera & 2 small battery operated camera flashes on stands.
There will be minimum (if any) disruption and the whole process should be over within thirty minutes. 10 minutes set up, 10 minutes photography, 10 mins to take things down and leave.

If you’d like to take part in this project (we’d really love you to) you must be willing to have your photograph taken and the resulting image used in the exhibition. It may also be used in any/all associated publicity and marketing surrounding the final exhibition. You will be required to sign a standard release form showing your consent to these (and any other) terms that will be clearly laid out on the release form itself.

Subjects will receive a 10in x 10in print in lieu of payment.

The fifty50 project does not set out to be a profit making exercise. However, if any profits are generated then 50% of those profits will be split between 2 charities. The Royal National institute for the Blind (RNIB) and Guide dogs for the Blind.

The fifty50 project is looking for exhibition space to hang the images once the portraits are completed. Can you help find a venue?

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Nick Ellis January 24, 2012 at 17:07

Sounds like fun. I’m not a great looking man but I’d love to give it a go. I shy from having my picture taken but I absolutely love black and white character portraiture and I would like to record the 37year old man I’ve become….

JB January 24, 2012 at 20:44

Brilliant, thanks Nick.
I was looking for someone that fitted that exact profile so thanks for getting in touch 😉
I’ll message you so we can organise details. Look forward to meeting you.

Ruth Sidgwick September 7, 2012 at 15:26

hi there Jonathan, we were in contact about three years ago following on from your exhibition at Southmead hospital. Is this exhibition finished now? We’d always be interested in showing work in the hospitals, so bear me in mind as a venue please!


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