Hello LOVELY community! This is the final day of our 3-week collaboration and I am just so thrilled with the results. I hear time and time again, when I’m out at different events, that community is dead and it’s every man/woman for him/herself. But I believe that there is community everywhere if you are so willing and bold as to create it, or join it, or give back to it. We, as creatives, are too often taught that to be vulnerable in a community is weakness. It is your allowance to other people that they may make fun of you, judge you, or bring you down. But I believe that community is strength. It is what brings us together, not what rips us apart.
I’ve chosen a winner for the collaboration, but that doesn’t mean that this picture is any better than any other – who am I to judge, anyway? I chose a winner based on the attempt – based on the interpretation and how much it inspired me at first glance. I was a little bit worried about choosing a winner, since I fundamentally don’t believe in competitions, but then I remember who you are – that you are a group who would not judge me for picking one out of so many, and you, who would be happy for whoever won, and gracious toward everyone. That makes my butterfly wings flutter.
Here are the WINNERS — That’s right, plural, because I liked these two so much for completely different reasons, and in the end felt I couldn’t judge one against the other. In random order…
Julie Mullin’s image stood out to me because of it’s simplicity and strength. She didn’t have to show a lot to make the viewer understand the image. The shadow of the bed across the girl’s face paired with her expression and moody lighting drew me in immediately and I’ve been thinking about it ever since I saw it. It reminded me so much of childhood, with a fantastic sense of innocence, and I truly commend Julie for achieving that.
Julie also made a video to go with her image, reading the story aloud and showing part of her creation process!
Theresa McManus’ image is overtly powerful and full of fury. The red color of the dress screams strength while the lighting says war: the war above, the war within. The way she used the sword in this image in such a proactive way really grabbed my attention. And finally, the ray of light that she included really made me center in on the subject and highlighted the intensity of the battle raging within our main character. Not to mention that light had a flair of heaven, which goes well with the ending of the story, too.
Fantastic work everyone! Please scroll down to view everyone’s work (in alphabetical order), each linked to their websites, and pocket that inspiration for a beautiful week! Barbara, Julie and Theresa – Please get in touch with me so I can send you some goodies!
jen sulak - awww congrats everyone for making amazing pieces!!! Be the best you …you can be!!!!!! <3
Lisa Nevolo-Lewis - Hi Brooke,
Did you have a problem seeing my image? It isn’t among the shots.
Would like to know for the next project. Enjoyed doing this…agree with your picks.
Thank you, Lisa
crackle - So nice to see all the images in one spot. Thank you everyone for being so supportive as we did the challenge. I loved this Brooke – we should do it more often!! Maybe once a quarter? Love everyones interpretations! Thank you for sharing.
Paulo Carvalho - In fact it is not easy to choose a winner when they are all winners. Great works, guys! Congratulations to all of you! As to the choice, I think it was a good choice. I love the image of Theresa. Powerful, no doubt! I also like of your image, Brooke! Thank you for sharing once again a video which shows how you did this work. 🙂
Mira - Guys!!!!And Brooke!!!!!You wizards and amazing!!!!!You Seriously!!!!!I wasn’t expecting it. It seems that you have created your image in a certain unity is stronger than a thousand personal exhibitions, what you did!!!!!Спасибо Вам Всем!!!!!
Erica - These are fantastic! Well done. 🙂
Quang Nguyễn Đăng - Hi Brooke, I have learned through your classes, and composed more. How can I send you the work that I have done?
These are fantastic
anastasia - wow !!! Amazing work everyone !! Solid art x
Lea M Callais - WOWSA – what an amazing gathering of visual storytelling that embraces the essence of the original written passage in fantastic ways! This was such a fabulous experience! Thank you, Brooke, because of this opportunity – we are indeed all winners! I do concur with you on the initial and lasting impression of those two images! The community is not dead! Long live the community!
T - Wow!! So many amazing photos! I am shocked and so honored to be picked as a finalist. Thank you Brooke and thank you Barbara for a beautiful story !
Angela Vizcaino - Congratulations to the winners! And to everyone for the creativity!
Brooke, waiting for the next collaboration 😉
Atlantis M. Frost - Please please please do more of these collaborations! I missed out in this one, but i’d love to be able to participate in another one!
Brooke Shaden Collaboration, I won, how amazing!! | Be Quirky Be You - […] On my previous post I discussed the collaboration Brooke Shaden held, it was very exciting to take part and I am please to say that my photograph was chosen to win alongside another artist Theresa McManus. Make sure to check out the new post by Brooke. […]