Visual “Conversations”

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By Russ Widstrand

About the Book:

Russ Widstrand's 64 page 12"x12" coffee table book based on his photographic and conceptual conversations with players from the 2013 Daily Photo Game project.

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About the Russ Widstrand and DPG:

When I was first approached in 2013 about the Daily Photo Game concept, I was so discouraged about the photography industry and my personal photography in general, that I shared this vulnerable thought with founding member Eliot Crowley... "I don't pick up a camera anymore for personal work, just for jobs". A sad confession.

Historically, my passion for photography goes beyond the traditional notions of a photograph. My interest lies in conceptual thought as it pertains to story and process. So when the game began I wanted to bring this orientation to the table, and in doing so, perhaps rekindle my passion in creating the art I have been producing since I was 16.

Even at that early age, I was interested in manipulation of process, concept and narrative in photography. Some of my earliest photographs were intentionally shooting the wrong film for the wrong application. This interest in concept and execution has manifested itself most markedly in my photo-illustration work and “The Pear Series” photographs, shot on polaroid film.

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"Sounds" and "Sounds of Silence": Robert Nease (left) and Russ Widstrand (right) respective photographers.

How the Daily Photo Game works: Every 10 days in repeating order, a given photographer's "game day" will arrive. On that day, the photographer will create and post a new image within 24 hours, a visual response to the previous photographer's submission. The thumbnail strip shown at top or bottom of the book, represents the timeline of image progression.

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"Dragon Teeth" and "Containment": Robert Nease and Russ Widstrand respectively.

The photographs included in this book are excerpts from the 2013 - 365 image project and are not in series. The image pairings are a visual conversation, within myself, outwardly with my fellow players of the game, and with the audience at large. - Russ Widstrand 2014

The 2014 version of the Daily Photo Game is now ongoing and can be viewed at www.dailyphotogame.com

All Russ Widstrand Photographs: ©2014 Russ Widstrand, all rights reserved

All other DPG supplied photographs are held under copyright by their respective owners, and are reproduced here by permission.