I’ve received my customary annual rejection email from the judges of the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize. However, nice to see the prize is slowly warming up to my work:
“However, I did want to let you know that your photograph(s) did make it through to the second round of judging which included around 346 images. This year we had a total of 4,303 prints submitted into the competition from 1,842 photographers so the competition was very strong.”, Keeley Carter, Exhibitions Manager.
Roll on next year! As is customary, I’d like to share my entry images with you.
Dancer Faye Stoeser (on left). J’Agura (The Present Of Now), Means Of Engagement present a contemporary dance performance titled “Embellished Abundance”. Creation and composition by Muti Musafiri and Nella Turkki. The performers are young dancers from London, ranging in age from 20 to 28. Organised by the South Bank Youth Club. The dancers are along the Queen’s Walk, South Bank, London, United Kingdom. August 28, 2015. Photo: Edmond Terakopian
Freelance stage crew member Joe Meyer helps collect a sky backdrop as it is lowered. Technicians begin rigging up the lighting for Britten’s Albert Herring at the Royal College of Music, Britten Theatre, Prince Consort Road, London. June 10, 2015. Photo: Edmond Terakopian
Polly Leech (who plays Florence Pike) backstage, waiting for her cue. Full company, stage and piano rehearsals. Albert Herring. Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, London. June 17, 2015. Photo: Edmond Terakopian
Edward, the thoughtful superhero. July 19, 2015. Photo: Edmond Terakopian
Elvis dressed as Iron Man shows his strength as he breaks a twig at his older brother’s birthday party. Roxbourne Park, Ruislip. April 03, 2016. Photo: Edmond Terakopian
The final performance of Albert Herring at the Britten Theatre, RCM. Miss Wordsworth, played by Sofia Larsson, reflects on her performance backstage and awaits her cue for her next scene in the second act. Albert Herring by Benjamin Britten. Royal College of Music, Bitten Theatre, Prince Consort Road, London. July 08, 2015. Photo: Edmond Terakopian
For the technically minded, the three backstage colour images were shot on Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II cameras with Olympus M.Zuiko lenses, apart from the backstage shot featuring balloons, which was with a Voigtlander Nokton f0.95 lens. The colour batman portrait was shot on an Olympus PEN E-P5.
The two black and white images were shot on a Leica Monochrom (M246) with Leica lenses.
All editing and processing was done on Adobe Lightroom. The colour images were finished in Alienskin Exposure X and the monochrome images were finished in Nik Software Silver Efex Pro.
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8 Pictures Judged As Finalists In Black & White Photo Competition
Astonished and overjoyed to share that that eight of my photographs reached the finals of the BW specialist competition, the 4th TZIPAC Zebra Awards.
Seven of the images were shot on Olympus OM-D cameras (E-M1 and E-M5 Mark II) and one of the images (the urban dance image) was shot on a Leica Monochrom.
Whilst non of the images went onto win, having eight photographs get into the finals is pretty special! Huge congratulations to the winners; there was some exceptional photography.
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Nominee In The People Category
Somehow managed to miss this completely! One of my images, titled Street Style, reached the position of nominee in the people category of the International Color Awards announced in April 2015.
Banksy style graffiti (not an original Banksy) in Broadwick Street, Soho, London. July 22, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian
The image was shot on a Leica M9 and processed in Adobe Lightroom. The image was then finished in Alienskin Exposure 6.
“Embellished Abundance” was directed by Nella Turkki and Muti Musafiri; a short creation with young dancers from London, was part of the J’Agura event by Muti Musafiri and the South Bank Centre Youth Club. London. August 28, 2015. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian
Had a wonderfully enriching experience; love it when life brings unexpected joys such as this. After collecting my failed entry into the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize on Friday, I was driving straight home. Something made me change my mind as I was drawn to the South Bank, for absolutely no solid reason, other than a feeling.
Camera in hand, I began wondering around and in a short time stumbled across an amazing group of dancers performing amongst the public, along the Queens Walk on the South Bank. They were superb. I approached them afterwards to find out some details and was told they were just practicing ahead of their proper performance later in the evening. So, naturally I hung around.
Ahead of the performance, the group got together in a circle to mentally prepare. I was watching this from outside, contemplating a photograph when voices called out. A few of the dancers called out for me to join in the circle as I had a “good energy”! How very wonderful! Such a gift to get magical experiences like this. The performance was wonderful, made lovely images and ended in such great conversations with the dancers. Just fabulous 🙂
On a technical note, the image was made with a Leica Monochrom (Type 246) and a Leica 35mm FLE Summilux, processed in Adobe Lightroom.
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Tagged daily life, dance, energy, J'Agura, leica, life, M246, monochrom, Muti Musafiri, Nella Turkki, south bank, South Bank Centre, South Bank Centre Youth Club, spiritual, street photography, type 246, youth
Our Own Personal Histories
Edmond Terakopian (far left) in the back of a lorry delivering supplies to the front line in Martakert, Karabakh. August 1994. Photo: Hakob Berberyan
The power of the photograph never ceases to amaze me. A good friend, the talented Hakob Berberyan (also known as Hakber), a photojournalist and sports photographer based in Armenia, has over the last two days found some pictures he took of me in Karabakh, back in 1994.
Receiving these images out of the blue, has taken me on a journey through time. A reflection on the sadness of war, meeting the most amazing people manning the trenches in Martakert, the amazing spirit of ordinary people in villages thrown into a conflict zone, the value of friendship and camaraderie. The humbling feeling of a people so thankful that someone had come to photograph and thus document what they were going through.
Edmond Terakopian in Shushi, Karabakh. August 1994. Photo: Hakob Berberyan
A cocktail of feelings and thoughts, and a montage of remembered images, some photographed and some seen, a remembrance of youth and wonder, all brought about by seeing a photograph. Amazing.
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Tagged conflict, front line, karabakh, leica, memory, nagorno, photograph, photography, photojournalism, war
I Shot It Competition
Pleased to share that two of my images have been awarded the “Mark of Excellence” in the I Shot It Premium Photo Competition.
A commuter, one of many walking wounded, leaves the Edgware Road Underground Station, still clutching his morning paper. A suicide bomber blew himself up on a tube train at the station, killing seven passengers. This was one of four terrorist attacks on the transport system, resulting in 52 innocent deaths. London, 7 July 2005.
Photo: Edmond Terakopian
As 2015 marks the 10th anniversary of the London Bombings, I entered the image again to remind us all of the horrendous events of that black day and in memory of all who perished and in celebration of all the bravery shown by the survivors and those in the emergency services who went to their aid.
A woman prays for the souls of those who died in the earthquake. 10 years on from the Armenian earthquake. 6 December 1998, Gyumri, Armenia. Photo: Edmond Terakopian
This second image is one of my favourite images; one I found in a church in northern Armenia on the day of the 10th anniversary of the earthquake. As I turned a corner and walked into this annexed room, the light just grabbed me. Seconds later this lady walked in and started to pray. My two thoughts were of how fortunate I was to witness this powerful scene and the second was I hope I expose correctly for the slide film I’m shooting.
The London Bombings image was shot on a Canon 1D Mk II and Canon 300mm f2.8L IS. The Armenian image was shot on a Leica M6 and if I remember correctly, a Leica 21mm Elmarit, using Kodak Ektachrome slide film.
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Photograph Chosen As Part Of 20 Finalists in MyRankart Competition
Pleased to share that at the end of January this image was judged through the top 50 and then the top 20 of the My Rank Art competition, which had a theme of Everyday Objects. Alas it didn’t go on to win, but the top 20 isn’t too shabby!
Montblanc pens and ink on a desk. London. July 13, 2013. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian / 2013
The photograph was shot on a Leica M (Type 240) and a vintage, 1959 Leitz 50mm Summilux.
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Tagged competition, everyday object, finalist, finals, leica, leitz, montblanc, Montblanc pens, my rank art, myrankart, still life