A bit more than 2 years ago, I joined the Lakeshore Camera Club Pointe-Claire. I wanted to be with other photographers and see what was happening elsewhere. After a few meetings, I brought the idea that we should have a different kind of event, other than what was already being held there for the past several years. I asked Richard Bonomo: “Ever watched Naked in the House?”. I seriously thought I was the only one…
We sat down with Drew Patterson and adapted the NiH rules to digital photography and the 10X10 was born. 10 photographers, 1 camera, 1 lens, only 10 shutter releases and 30 minutes each in one given location using a human model. I never expected this would go beyond a 1 time event. Of course, there was no way I was going to propose a nude competition back then. We started out with a fully clothed model and used a barn as location. The hype we got from it pushed us to go for a 2nd edition. For the 2nd edition, we had a log cabin and a model in sleepwear; nothing outrageous, just simple. After that, we needed to take it to the next level.
I was watching an episode of “Fais ça court” at Télé Québec, filmed in a metal shop in Montreal (Les Forges Urbaines) and thought “We have to go there.”. I contacted the owners of the place and they were aboard. We had the place for ourselves for 1 day, welcoming 10 photographers one after the other. Somewhere in the middle, I had an opportunity to shoot my 1st ever nudes. I was not sure how I would be able to conduct the model through this, staying away from the easy, safe and cheesy nude poses. I don’t know why I was worried, the model’s attitude was the same that day as the 1st time we met: friendly, easy to talk with and extremely professional. The model’s reaction and feedback received from the other photographers were priceless.
On January 25th, we presented the results of the 10X10 Challenge to an attentive audience of some 120 people. A private viewing of the 10×10 shoot from last fall, the lively evening featured a 36 minute video with highlights from each participant’s creative efforts.
photo Fred Hore Photo Fred Hore After the video, the audience was invited to view the 30 submitted black and white prints from the 10 photographers, mounted in a gallery setting. The large and enthusiastic crowd that gathered in the room that night, was all the reward I needed – and the encouragement to announce a 4th edition for May 2010!
Now that this edition is completed, I can start putting my images out there.