One Woman’s Journey

October 28th, 2009

When I started this journal, the first thing I did was round up as many talented, reliable people as I thought I might need to do the job right. Their bios can be found in the darkroom, and they will be blogging here as often as I can get them to. Add all the great work that’s already coming in and Camera Obscura, only in its infancy, is already taking shape.

Before we even got started, with the help of our talented photography editor Kate, we had already lined up a great collection of judges for the photography competition, all of whom I will probably pay tribute to as well at some point in the near future. And a week ago, when Jacklyn Patterson joined the judging panel, Camera Obscura added decades of experience in judging print competitions, an impeccable eye, and an intangible prestige to the competition that might not otherwise be afforded an unproven venue.

Since we are a Literary and Photography Journal, story is our mission, and Jacklyn Patterson’s story begins in Oklahoma during a time when the roles of women were still being defined by men instead of women themselves. Growing up bound by the expectation that she had no need for a “profession” in the place of a husband to provide for her, she did not own a camera until much later in life than would normally be the case for a photographer of her standing.

The journey from her first camera through her acclaimed career, including her account of the photograph not taken, is documented in her thesis “One Woman’s Journey,” written for her fellowship to the highly regarded American Society of Photographers, one of the most prestigious honors in photography.

Here is a link to One Woman’s Journey by Jacklyn Patterson, currently available on the ASP website.

“…a photograph is not complete until someone else looks at
it.” – Jacklyn Patterson

Jacklyn also holds the designations of Master Photographer, Master Artist and Photographic Craftsman from the Professional Photographers of America. She is a truly gifted photographer and a remarkable person.

-M.E. Parker, Editor
Camera Obscura Journal

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Camera Obscura Journal – Open for Submissions

October 19th, 2009

typewriterWords and images often serve the same master – the story. They reveal something about the world, not only about what it means to be human, what it means to exist. The inaugural print issue of Camera Obscura is slated for Spring 2010, anchored by equal measures of the best literature and photography we can obtain. Though the photographs will not necessarily relate to the stories specifically, their presence in the journal will not be incidental to the stories but inseparable from them.

 Along the way to the first issue, we will post some work, select writing and photography that will also appear in the print issue, on the website, and this blog will serve as an outlet for the editors, photography judges and contributors to the Camera Obscura. The $1000 writer honorarium will be selected from those stories we have chosen from publication and announced just prior to the release of the first issue.

camera 1890The photography competition officially opens November 1, 2009 with $1500 in prizes at stake. The theme: “bond.” Bonds exist in countless forms. There are bonds between people, animals, atoms, plants, mountains. There is even the monetary variety. All forms and interpretations both creative and literal are welcome with the following caveat: any interpretations of the theme that relate in any way to a British secret service agent with an assistant named Moneypenny will receive additional, and quite possibly harsh, scrutiny. The professional category is open to everyone. The non-professional category is reserved for those who earn no more than 25% of their income from photography.  We have lined up a highly decorated board of photography judges for this competition.

 Thanks for your interest. More updates coming soon.

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