Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A Call for Photographers

Beautiful Empty Photo Conspiracy

The BEAUTIFUL EMPTY PHOTO CONSPIRACY is a music + photography collaboration designed to help bring the visual art and music communities together. John Common & Blinding Flashes of Light deeply believe that artistic collaboration should have no boundaries. They are using the release of their new record, Beautiful Empty, to bring together artists of all types in an ongoing series of creative and collaborative projects. Put simply: it’s an excuse to make art and inspire one another. 

The Basic Idea

Invite photographers of every type, every level and any location to use a new record from an indie band as creative inspiration. Each photographer will use the music and lyrics from Beautiful Empty as their creative starting point and then do what they do best: make interesting, challenging, amazing, curious, beautiful art. 

EVERY photographer who participates in this project will have their work shown online at and at the websites managed by Beautiful Empty Photo Conspiracy – if a.) they want to and b.) their photos fall within reasonable guidelines for showing (no hatred, racism, etc, etc).

A subset of the entries will be chosen for physical viewing at a special exhibit in Boulder, Colorado at the Fox Theatre on Saturday, June 12th – the night of John Common & Blinding Flashes of Light’s Boulder CD release for Beautiful Empty. Artists who are chosen to participate in the Boulder exhibit will be announced by e-mail and/or on the Internet upon completion of final judging.

How to Enter
1. Each artist may submit up to a total of 3 images (multiple views or details of the same piece are acceptable where appropriate).
2. There is an entry fee of $10.00 payable to Free School Records to help cover basic project costs such as website fees, publicity, promotions, etc. Artists may pay the submission fee online at Here is the link to PAYNOW.
3. After paying the submission fee, each artist will be sent a link and special code to download a copy of Beautiful Empty by John Common & Blinding Flashes of Light. Complete song lyrics will also be made available.
4. Photographs must be submitted in digital format.
a. Files should be in JPEG format only
b. Images should display in the proper orientation
c. Resolution should be 300dpi at a minimum of size of 4” x 6”, with no side longer than 8”
d. File names should include the artist's name and an image number (e.g. JoeSmith_01)
5. Images must be emailed to, along with accompanying documents, confirmation of paid submission fee and entry forms. Please insert your name on all of your images and documents file names so there is no confusion with other artists.
6. Email your submissions no later than midnight, May 15, 2010, with confirmation of paid submission fee.
7. Artists who submit will be notified by May 20, 2010.

Required Documentation
1. A completed entry form, available at
2. A BRIEF biographical statement about yourself.
3. The title for each entry should be a lyric that you choose from any song off Beautiful Empty.
4. A list of digital images submitted
5. Failure to include all of these documents will disqualify your entry.

Judging Criteria For Boulder Photography Exhibit
Saturday, June 12th at The Fox Theatre CD Release

Entries are ranked on the basis of originality, artistic composition, photographic technique, and technical execution. Each entry is also judged on how well it represents and is connected to the lyric or song chosen by the artist from Beautiful Empty.

Submission Fee
A submission fee of $10 USD must be paid to complete the submissions process. This fee includes a download of Beautiful Empty and a full copy of the record’s lyrics. To pay the submission fee online and download Beautiful Empty, visit this link to make payment:

Submission Materials
No submission materials will be returned. All work accepted for the show will be added to the online art galleries, unless you specifically request that we not do so.

Liability and Delivery & Pickup of Work
All works accepted for the on-site show in Boulder on Sat, June 12th must be suitably framed and/or ready for display. It is the responsibility of the artist to deliver/mail artwork to the curator.

Presentation guidelines - to keep costs for artists at a minimum, works should be printed on photographic paper and mounted on black foam board, and shipped to curator at address provided upon acceptance. Artwork can be shipped back at artist’s expense upon deinstallation.

All art works will be handled by experienced personnel and the utmost care taken to guarantee the safety of the work. The exhibition room will be staffed during all open hours of the show. However, The Beautiful Empty Photo Conspiracy will not be responsible for any loss or damage to the work during installation or during the exhibition. Insurance is the responsibility of the artist.

All entries must be received no later than May 15, 2010 with submission fees paid.


Curator and Contact Information

Beautiful Empty Photo Conspiracy’s curator is Lucia De Giovanni. She can be reached via email at


Taking place June 12, 2010
in Boulder, Colorado at The Fox Theatre

and online at

First Name___________________
Last Name______________________________


City___________________________________ State______________ZIP___________

Email ________________________________ Phone____________________________

____ Signed Entry Form
____ Properly labeled digital files (see prospectus for format & labeling instructions)
____ List of images/music/videos submitted
____ Artist's Statement
____ All photos must include title (from Beautiful Empty lyrics)
____ Biographical statement
____ Submission Fee

No submission will be accepted until payment of submission fee is confirmed. We will email you your download information for the music and lyrics for Beautiful Empty as soon as payment is made.

By entering this contest, you give Beautiful Empty Photo Conspiracy and John Common & Blinding Flashes of Light permission to exhibit images/make music/video of your work online, with full credit, as part of the Beautiful Empty Photo Conspiracy gallery and give permission to reproduce one or more of your images, with full credit, for the exhibit planned on June 12, 2010 at the Fox Theater in Boulder, Colorado.

Entries cannot include representations of any person unless he or she has executed a release acceptable to the Sponsors and made available upon request (Model Release). Any Entry with names or logos that may be owned or controlled by a third party is ineligible and must be removed prior to submission.

You also represent and warrant that
(i) you are the sole owner of all copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property and proprietary rights in and to the Material,
(ii) the Publishers publication of the Material as authorized herein will not violate or infringe any copyright, trademark, or other intellectual property or proprietary right of any person or entity, and
(iii) you are not a party to and the Material is not subject to any contract or arrangement which would conflict with your permission herein.

All art works will be handled by experienced personnel and the utmost care taken to guarantee the safety of the work. The exhibition room will be staffed during all open hours of the show. However, The Beautiful Empty Photo Conspiracy will not be responsible for any loss or damage to the work during installation or during the exhibition. Insurance is the responsibility of the artist.

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