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“It’s The End Of The World, And I Feel Fine?”
When the Covid pandemic first started, like many, we holed up and embraced a life of isolation. For a brief period, we truly enjoyed it. Soon enough, however, we started to go stir crazy, a feeling exacerbated by the eruption of protests and social unrest.
Feeling compelled to act, we embarked on a three-month odyssey across the Western United States —dubbing it the “Great American Road Trip at the End of Times.”
It’S The End Of The World, And I Feel Fine?
Empty Highways, Silent Streets: A Pandemic Odyssey across the West
Faced with deserted streets, the traditional approach to street photography had to be reimagined. With no subjects but ourselves, creativity became the tool for capturing the environment in a compelling manner.
Yet, the journey offered a silver lining: the rare chance to explore National Parks in their most unpopulated states. The resulting images stand as irreplicable tokens of a time and place unlike any other.
Eyeshot Magazine #11 | Open Call 23 Edition
The 11th issue of Eyeshot Magazine is an eco-sustainable, limited edition work of art, printed in Italy on premium paper. Our dedicated team of 4 invested 3,000 hours to successfully conclude the 2023 Open Call. This year’s theme, “The Human Being,” explores diverse human experiences through photography. With an impressive 15,000 submissions from over 100 countries, the issue showcases a global perspective on street and documentary photography.
Splitting time between Austin, Paris, and Warsaw, Max Sturgeon is an American filmmaker and photographer integrating global influences into his work. When he is not working on film productions, he travels the world to further his photographic projects.
His approach to the craft oscillates between film and digital mediums while exploring diverse formats and styles. A recent shift towards flash photography has marked his current projects, each one an evolving canvas that testifies to his versatility and artistic curiosity.
The road to this moment has been a compelling journey of dedication and effort. Our tight-knit, passionate team of four has poured over 3,000 hours into realizing Eyeshot Open Call 2023, laboring tirelessly seven days a week. This year’s theme, “The Human Being,” has offered us a lens to explore the complexity and diversity of human experiences. From the dynamic pulse of cityscapes to the serene moments in rural life; from unguarded moments to intricate human narratives, the competition has received an astonishing 15,000 entries from more than 100 countries. The resulting body of work has been nothing short of a testament to the depth of creativity and passion that exists in the world of photography.
Guiding us through the meticulous selection process was a panel of highly-regarded jurors, a constellation of experts and luminaries in the field: Trent Parke, F. Dilek Yurdakul, Mark Abramson, Isadora Kosofsky, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, Kitra Cahana, Richard Koci Hernandez, Narelle Autio, Emin Özmen, and our very own Marco Savarese, the visionary behind Eyeshot.