In 2009 they froze the unique darkness of Vancouver’s winter. In 2010 they captured the city’s essence on a rainy day. This year, Freyr permitting, the 12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon participants will be chasing the light, exposing the beauty of Vancouver’s summer.
On Saturday August 6th 2011, photographers will be packing light and making their way down to the eclectic English Bay area and the hub of this year’s marathon. With a 35mm camera as the only requirement to take part, 60 recreational and professional photographers will each be given a marked roll of film containing 12 exposures. Beginning at 10am and at the top of every hour for the next 12 hours, a theme will be randomly drawn and released. Participants must interpret and capture each theme with one single exposure of film in the exact sequence that they are revealed. Once the clock strikes 10pm, only the completed rolls that have been returned will move on to the next stage of the challenge.
Negatives will be developed and judged after the marathon, the results of which will be showcased at a public exhibit in the halls of PhotoHaus Gallery where more than 700 photos will be on display. The winning entries will be announced and celebrated, then elevated to the gallery walls of the Vancouver Lookout for an extended showing to local and international photo enthusiasts.
12×12 is open to anyone with a 35mm film camera. Tickets must be purchased in advance, include film, and will go on sale at 8pm July 6th, 2011. Updates can be found at VancouverPhotoMarathon.com, Twitter.com/12x12YVR, and Facebook.com/12x12YVR.
Image: John Biehler