Monday, May 6, 2013

food & cameras with a cause

this is totally unrelated to photography,
but important to me nonetheless...

this upcoming saturday, which is may 12,
i will be participating in a 5K walk to raise money for 
a very deserving family who is currently undergoing some serious hardship
because of a violent invasion of their home earlier this year.

please consider making a small donation to the cause
to support our team and the family!

any help you can provide is much appreciated!!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

bulbArts proudly presents: shireen alborno

from the winner of our transience challenge...

the five images that i am sharing are from two different series that grew off one another. 

the first series is field study.
it explores the depths of southern culture in my surrounding areas 
as a form of documentary to the beautiful and subtle landscapes that i see every day. 

the second series is entitled go back to your country.
it was sparked by the first series in that i take the southern aspect 
and incorporate foreign islamic imagery to invoke a sense of questioning to the viewer. 
the title in itself is a pun which forces the audience to think deeper 
into the racial comment "go back to your country"

-shireen alborno

please support shireen and her work by visiting her website and blog!

image by shireen alborno

image by shireen alborno

image by shireen alborno
image by shireen alborno
image by shireen alborno

Monday, July 30, 2012

forty-niner pride

check out these uncc-ers
making the ol' alma mater look good!

mary miller & valerie justice
have had their work featured on kodak's
a thousand words blog!!

way to go ladies!
keep shooting that film!

KodakKerouacs: On the road; film in the camera

Monday, July 23, 2012

announcing the winners of the transience challenge

i want to thank everyone who submitted to the transience photo challenge
there were many excellent submissions and 
i thoroughly enjoyed seeing how each artist rendered the concept of transience in still photography. 

the strength in our contest winner's image came not only from it's subject matter, 

but in the technique used for producing the final piece.  
this series of partially overlapping exposures strings together what may be read as a brief narrative; 
a transition from an eerie wooded landscape into a cave-like shelter.  
both atmospheres attesting to the inherent impermanence of our natural world.  

the ephemeral quality of objects and spaces has always intrigued me 
and often finds its way into my own work.  
it is an underlying truth for all things, 
though it is more apparent in nature than it is in architecture.

- jake selvidio

congratulations to our first place winner, shireen alborno, 
a student at the university of north carolina at charlotte
and our runner up, kyler davis,
who attends old dominion university in norfolk, virginia!

both winners will receive a post on the blog featuring their work
and shireen gets the coveted custom camera strap!!

stay tuned for the features and more details on future challenges!

runner up: kyler davis, ODU

first price winner:
shireen alborno, UNCC

Friday, July 13, 2012

exciting news... the second annual cell phone photography challenge is here!

ladies & gentlemen,
friends & followers,
bulbArts is bringing back our wildly popular
cell phone photography challenge!

this will be our second cell phone based photo challenge
and we plan to make this a yearly tradition!

all photographs taken with a cell phone are eligible.
you can use any phone with any camera or editing app that you'd like.
you can even use the photo editing software on your computer,
as long as you take the image with the camera on your phone.

anyone can enter!
students, professionals, artists, doctors, bankers, literally, anyone!
as usual, to help keep the judging fair,
we have two categories for submissions:
the "student/amateur" category
and the "professional/experienced" category.
the exhibition with combine both,
but the juror will judge each category separately.

i can't tell you how exciting this is!
we are lucky enough to have a fantastic special guest juror lined up for this challenge...
glyn evans, the founder and editor of
has agreed to serve as juror and choose the winners of the competition!!!
iphoneography is an amazing blog that glyn began
to connect the iphone photographers of the world.
they test out apps, provide reviews & links and show iphone imagery.
the blog is just a great source for all things related to iphoneography!
be sure to sure thank him by following him on twitter & visiting his blog.

all winners chosen by glyn will be given
their very own feature on the bulbArts blog.
winners can show whatever photographic work they'd like to share.
the first place winner of the amateur category
will also win a glif, a tripod mount & stand for the iphone 4/4s!
don't worry, if our winner doesn't have an iphone,
we will have another prize to offer.

so bulbers,
dig into your camera roll and find your best images
or pull that phone out and start shooting again!
submit images to this fun challenge
so glyn has plenty of amazing cell phone photographs to choose from!

submission guidelines:
* each person my submit up to three (3) photographs
* images must be taken with a cell phone - cell phone brand doesn't matter
* files should be resized to a resolution of 72 and 10 inches on the longest side
* save your files as jpegs and label them with your first and last name and number from 1 to 3
    - example: my third image submission would be titled, SarahBaron3.jpeg
* email all images in one message to
* please put "cell challenge" in the subject line
* in your email, include your name and the category that your work should be judged in
    - choose either "student/amateur" or "professional/experienced"

the deadline for submissions is august 31, 2012!

once submissions are received, the exhibition will be curated and posted.
the juror will then make the decision and winners will be announced in a separate post.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

bulbArts proudly presents: the transience challenge exhibition

this challenge was one that was close to my heart.
photography and transience just go hand in hand in my mind.
my own personal work always seems to deal with a subject that is fleeting.
it was refreshing to learn that so many young photographers feel the same connection.

the thing i enjoyed most about the submissions
was how varied the viewpoints were.
some of the photographs were dark and solemn,
a reminiscence of sorts,
while others were light and cheerful
and some, just so full of hope.
i imagine our juror is struggling right this moment
with his decision for that very reason!

remember, this concept was supplied not by me,
but by the followers of the blog,
the challengers who participate regularly,
by you.

please enjoy the exhibition... transience

image by justin engel

image by shireen alborno

image by gaetano sparagna

image by mark renz

image by graham morrison

image by suzie diaz

image by kyler davis

image by mark renz

image by sarah c baron
(not included in juried images)

image by justin engel

image by shireen alborno

image by graham morrison

visit the blog at the end of the week for the results of the competition
and find out who won a brand new custom camera strap!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

transience challenge deadline extension

with moving, vacations, holidays, exams and graduations,
it seems that bulb followers are pretty busy these days...

we've decided to be kind and encourage full participation
by extending the deadline for the "transience" photo challenge!

take advantage of the extra time
and submit your images for a chance to win
a feature on the blog and a custom camera strap!!

new challenge deadline: june 18, 2012

Friday, May 25, 2012

photographer, mike baker has a website!

hi bulbArts followers!

mike baker, long time follower and two time challenge winner,
has finally posted his very own site!
be sure to check it out...
and if you have a photography website that you'd like to share,
please email me with the details!

okay, not get working on your challenge submissions!!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Spring 2012 Photography Challenge... Transience

hello bulb followers.

it is that time again... photo challenge time!

based upon the suggestions of our followers,
we have settled on the idea of transience for our topic.
transience can be described as the state or quality of
passing with time or being ephemeral or fleeting.

for me, spring brings fresh weather,
the desire to go somewhere,
to see something new,
to make a clean start,
but spring is short and that feeling doesn't last forever.
transience seems to fit well into both this season
and the medium of photography, which is time based.

explore the idea of transience on your own
and interpret in photographs!

the challenge is open to all photographers
of all levels of experience,
using all types of photographic media.
(you may use film, alternative processes, digital, video stills, cell phones, etc.)

*submit your images to bulbArts via an email to
     *please put the word "transience" in the subject line
     *include in your email your full name, mailing & email address
       and specify the student/amateur or professional/experienced category
*images should be a resolution of 72ppi, 10 inches on the longest side
*images should be flattened jpeg files
*please title these files with your full name and number them (SarahBaron1.jpg)
*limit 2 images per photographer

*** the deadline for the transience photo challenge is June 1, 2012

bulbArts will curate and exhibit an online exhibition.
the submissions will be sent anonymously to our guest juror, jake selvidio.
mr. selvidio is a photographic artist, designer and educator based in new york city!
he will choose two winners from the amateur category and one from the professional.

all winners will be given a feature on the blog
to exhibit a larger selection of their photographic work.

the first place winner in the amateur category will, for the first time in bulbArts history,
also receive a great prize... a cool, custom-made camera strap from Couch!
this brand new camera strap is upcycled from material intended to reupholster volkswagen seats.
it is red, it is unique, it is pretty darn cool!  (thanks to amy lorino for the donation)

first prize is this awesome couch camera strap!
its is a brand new, custom-made strap made from volkswagen vinyl.
image by sarah c baron

we look forward to your transience image!!

Friday, April 27, 2012

once again, bulbArts proudly presents... Mike Baker

here are a few images from mike baker,
one of our favorite challenge participants
and one of our resolution challenge winners!

i am interested in the tug-of-war that we humans have with out conflicting interests
to consume the earth's resources while conserving its wonders.
this series shows the ugliness, futility, and silliness
of our attempts to control the natural world around us.
- mike baker

image by mike baker

image by mike baker

image by mike baker

image by mike baker

image by mike baker