In March I wrote a post about the reason why I use Google+. In short, it’s only really down to one thing, and that thing is a little feature known as ‘Auto Awesome‘.
What Auto Awesome does is automatically add special effects to the photos that it thinks could do with them. Obviously this is all done separately from your main folder, so you don’t ruin your originals, but the net effect is actually quite fun and cool.
The awesomes themselves vary but my favourite is definitely when Google+ spots a batch of photos that look similar, and then throws them together to create an animated gif.
Shortly after that post went live, I was alerted to a Google-sponsored Motion Photography competition at the Saatchi Gallery (that obviously lent itself to the creation of these Auto Awesomes).
Of the six categories available, I entered this one into the Urban category –
I didn’t win.
BUT I DID MAKE IT AS A FINALIST!
- My work was judged by film director Baz Luhrmann, artists Tracey Emin, Shezad Dawood and Cindy Sherman, and Saatchi Gallery CEO, Nigel Hurst – AMAZING!
- I got my name in The Londonist – BRILLIANT!
- My work is at this very moment on display in the Saatchi Gallery – SPEECHLESS!
And that’s pretty darn awesome.
As you can see, I’ve already been to see my stuff (and the rest of the entries, including the rather excellent winning entrants) and the whole exhibition is pretty special.
It’s an odd feeling, having work up in the Saatchi. It didn’t really hit me until I was leaving, just how lucky I am to have stuff there. The other work that has appeared in that building. The other artists. The effort.
I’m still a bit dumbfounded by it all really.
The Motion Photography Prize is on display on the top floor of Saatchi Gallery, Kingâ€™s Road, SW3 4RY until 24 May.