Alec Soth announced a winner for his second flickr assignment this morning — a challenge that had participants opening a story by photographing a stranger, and asking that person to show them something.
As he did with the first assignment, he singled out some honorable mentions first:
“I love everything about these Flickr assignments except for one thing: having to pick a winner.
How can I choose between 9Stars infectious enthusiasm (1,2,3 assignments!):
Ashly Stohl’s sweet story;
Jen Trail’s Facebook discovery;
Worsham’s trailer park;
Steven Lang’s palm sander;
Meghan Rennie’s childhood neighborhood;
Ramon Mas’s Jesus;
Al Cafone’s wild night
So many good stories…and good pictures too. But some of my favorite images were the ones that Ben Roberts found during his story: five slides, five great pictures:
Why are amateur photographs so damn good?
Then I saw the pictures of Manuela Costalima (iwishiwereinvisible):
Maybe not ‘professional’ and maybe not perfectly edited, but there is something irresistible about these images. In many ways they reminded me of the light touch of Italian greats like Guido Guidi and Luigi Ghirri. The images have the feeling of an everyday glance. They already feel just as good as vintage amateur pictures.”
Manuela’s short story begins here:
”i saw this triangle house in my neighbourhood just the other day and thought it would be nice to photograph it. this curious architecture should shelter interesting people…”