Sunday, December 9, 2012

RAWards 2012: Chicago's Photographer of the Year


Just wanted to update about RAWards 2012: I won Chicago's Photographer of Year! I was completely surprised and extremely proud of myself. This meant I was going up against the rest of nation to become National Photographer of the Year. It was out of my hands and into a long wait to hear back from the judges. Last week they announced the winners and sadly I did not win. Being a National Finalist and Chicago Photographer of the Year, is still pretty great. Once again I would like to thank everyone for all the support. 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Fall on Fletcher




Chicago, Illinois
Polaroid Classic SX-70
Impossible Project New Formula PX 70 Color Shade 

As I was walking home I noticed that tree across the street finally turned full red. I was so excited I quickly went up to my apartment to grab my SX-70 and went back outside. It was a perfect fall afternoon, and I knew it was the final days. So to embrace my favorite season, I continued to go for a walk in my neighborhood. It was nice to turn my brain off for a little while.

I am excited for this 21-credited semester and internship to be over, yet it's the happiest I've ever been. I feel like my career and artwork are finding the right paths. When I graduate this May I will have three types of internships under my belt. And I have the greatest support system thanks to all my friends and family. Life is good!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Photobooths and Polaroid


Pumpkin Picking with the Girls!
















Dollinger’s Pumpkin Farm in Channahon, Illinois
Polaroid SX-70, Polaroid Land Camera 250 and Polaroid Spectra SE
Expired Polaroid Softtone, FujiFilm FP- 100c, FujiFilm FP-3000b and the Impossible PX-70 New Formula!! 

Rachel, Kelly, Meags and I all went pumpkin picking last Monday and even though it was pouring out when we got there the rain started to clear and we had a wonderful time! I haven't been pumpkin picking since I moved to Chicago and it was wonderful doing fall activities in the mid-west.

Filter After Hours




Chicago, Illinois
Polaroid Land Camera 250
FujiFilm FP-3000b

My internship with Filter Photo Festival is almost done and what an experience. A lot of talented people viewed my portfolio and I heard a lot of interesting things. Here are some instant photos of all the wonderful people I got to work with!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

MIA

Sorry I've been lacking on posting, I've been so busy with my 21 credit hour semester, internship with Filter Photo Festival and a job. I've never been so busy and I have no idea how I am awake right now. Hopefully things will come down after the festival and midterms. I have been photographing and I developed six rolls! So new post will happen soon. Can't wait to enjoy all the beautiful colors of fall!

I'm a Semi-finalist!!



NOVEMBER 15TH AT DOUBLE DOOR 8PM

Hello everyone, once again I want to take you ALL for voting and making me get to the Semi-Finals for RAWards 2012! Could not have done this without all your support!

So here is the deal:
There are five other photographers (including myself) all fighting to represent the city of Chicago. The winner will be announce at the end of the showcase! There will be a live voting from the audience (one vote per craft) and three judges will also have 50% of the say as well. Here is what I need you to do:

1) Come to the showcase!!!! Tickets are $15 
www.rawartists.org/chicago/rawards2012
2) Bring everyone you know, spread the word! Buy your friends and family tickets too! I need as many of my friends as possible so I can get the most votes. I need bodies!!!
3) Vote for me!!
4) Have a good time and drink beer.

I just need to see your lovely faces: See my artwork and vote for me :D

If I make it to the finals then another round of judges will narrow it down from 50 photographers to 10, then those 10 photographers will go to Hollywood. 

If I win Photographer of the Year this is what I'll win:

- Consultation with Markus & Indrani, Celebrity/Award-winning Photographers from Bravo's Double Exposure
- Consultation with Jody Domingue, Celebrity Photographer
- Half a day at Jody Domingue Studios
- Exhibit in Downtown LA Artwalk
- Placement in Artspace Warehouse
- Opportunity to include art/prints in IndiExhibit celebrity award show gift bags (3 events)
- $500 gift certificate to Nations Photo Lab
- 1000 printed IndieCards from Bands on a Budget
- Write-up feature on Artslant.com
- Write-up feature on Staged Incident
- RAW's Golden Ticket: Unlimited free showcases in any RAW location (50+ cities) during the 2013 season
- RAW:Photographer of the year Winner's Seal & Accolade
- RAW On-Camera interview
- Honored at RAWards 2012 Ceremony as RAW:Photographer of the Year
- Featured on RAWartists.org 

SO I NEED YOUR HELP! After this showcase it's out of yours and my hands. So please, help me reach a dream of mine to show my work around the USA.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

RAWards 2012! Nominate me!



Hey guys! Most of you know that I showcased my artwork with Raw: Natural Born Artist at Double Door back in June and now the RAWards is finally here! Basically I need as many votes as possible so I can win top three photographers in the city of Chicago: if I win that then I go to semi finals, then finals which will be in Hollywood CA! I get tons of prizes and show off my work to a lot of important people. 

How can you help?

Voting starts October 1st until October 15th and the best part is YOU CAN VOTE ONCE A DAY FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS!

How do you vote?

1. Go to http://www.rawartists.org/laurenwilkins and click REGISTER at the top of the homepage
2. Input a valid email address (only have to do this once)
3. Verify the email address by checking your email and confirming it
4. Log-on with your new registation and vote!
5. come back the next day to vote again! One vote per day and per email ;)

If I win I'll make everyone whiskey cupcakes, yeah I'm serious.

Tell everyone, please and thank you :)

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Expo: Chicago






Chicago, Illinois
Classic Polaroid SX-70
PX 680 Color Shade COOL!/ PX 600 Sliver Shade COOL!

Last weekend I went to Expo that was located on Navy Pier and it was wonderful! I saw over forty beautiful tintypes and even some Polaroid SX-70 work. With my new schedule I barely photograph, it was nice to take a Sunday off and relieve some stress.

New Project in the Making

Chicago, Illinois
Polaroid Land Camera 250
FujiFilm FP-100c

Starting a new project about places I have called home. I plan on photographing my apartment in Chicago and my house in Millstone, New Jersey. 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Italian and New Photographic Collages












Finally scanned in photographic collages that I made while I was in Italy and this summer in Chicago. I hope you love them as much as I do! To see more of my photographic collages check out my website.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

A Nice Show on Polaroid Softtone film




Chicago, Illinois
Polaroid Spectra SE
Expired Polaroid Spectra Image Softtone film

Friday, my friend Jessie had 'A Nice Show' where we all gathered around her fire pit, drank wine and had a few bands play some wonderful music. I bought a vinyl of a local band I really enjoyed, and I love watching Chris play drums for Teenage Rage. Fall is finally here and I can wear all my scarfs and layered jackets and of course photograph the beautiful soon to be autumn leaves.

Chicago's Filter Photo Festival


I have great news! I scored an awesome new internship working for this wonderful new company, Filter Photo Festival. I am so excited to work here! This year the festival will be open October 15th- 21st. 

The Festival's activities will include:
- Workshops
- Portfolio Reviews
- Exhibitions
- Panels
- Gallery Talks
- Lectures
...And more!

Bedroom Light


Chicago, Illinois
Polaroid Land Camera 250
FujiFilm FP-100c

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Labor Day




Chicago, Illinois
Polaroid Image Softtone Expired 12/09 and PX 70 Color Shade COOL!
Polaroid Spectra SE and Classic Polaroid Folding SX-70

This Labor Day, Rachel and I took a walk down to Lincoln Park. As the summer is ending I'm excited for fall to finally be here. School is in full effect, I'm taking six classes and trying to get internship, plus working at A&A Studios. I finally have a career goal for my future and it feels good to know what I'll be aiming for after I graduate this spring.