UNSCENE PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR & 944 MAGAZINE ARE TAKING THEIR BEST SHOT ...
944 Magazine is hitting the road with the UnScene for a seven-city traveling photography tour designed to find America's next emerging, undiscovered photographers. The UnScene Tour will make a stop in each of 944's entertainment hubs for a celebratory event that will allow five aspiring photographers the chance to expose the unscene elements of their city, while mingling with an entourage of movers and shakers. The winner of each city will be flown to Los Angeles for the Grand Finale in 2009, and the opportunity to win a national photo spread in 944 Magazine and a gallery exhibition.





[EVENT CALENDAR]

SAN FRANCISCO

ORANGE COUNTY

LAS VEGAS

SCOTTSDALE

SAN DIEGO

MIAMI

LOS ANGELES GRAND FINALE

MARCH 19

JULY 30

SEPTEMBER 24

NOVEMBER 15

NOVEMBER 20

DECEMBER 4

MARCH 11, 2009

W HOTEL

The Ayres Hotel

Symbolic Gallery

Mondrian Hotel

W San Diego

SET

Elevate Lounge, Downtown Los Angeles




Past Winners
SAN FRANCISCO
Winner of UnScene Photography Tour and 944 Magazine Seven-City Tour Stop



Cody Bratt
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Photographer Statement:
“Like many kids, I've played with cameras my entire life, but I only started shooting as a practice four years ago. Since photography serves as a vehicle to express my sense of wanderlust, my subject matter ranges from curious sea shots to abandoned couches at night in the Mojave Desert.

More abstractly, I believe a photograph can only hope to faithfully capture an emotion. To say it captures a complete scene is far too inaccurate, as the scene changes from moment to moment, second to second. In that way, I aim each of my photographs to be a love letter to the world. Each one depicts a life dripping in romance, seduction, melancholy, fear and hope. As the life around us deteriorates with the passage of time, this emotion is the one constant through our lives. Why should I photograph anything less?”

Cody Bratt is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a rhetoric degree emphasizing in narrative and image.

ORANGE COUNTY
Winner of UnScene Photography Tour and 944 Magazine Seven-City Tour Stop:



Christian Kiely
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Photographer Statement:
"I am a self-taught photographer, who began learning photographic technique by shooting B&W 35mm film and processing myself. Once I began to get a handle on proper exposure, the next steps were to move onto color transparencies (slides) and improve my composition. It was those two steps that really began to shape my style ... I became quite drawn to the bold colors of films like Fuji Velvia, but only when the scenery was there to match it. That began to draw me into National Parks, State Parks and other protected lands where the landscapes were untouched and the images that I captured began to convey a message. A chain reaction started that drew me to more distant locations and forced me to hone my technique even more. In 2004, I made the transition from film based to digital photography and I've never looked back.

This year, my work is on display at the Festival of Arts (Laguna Beach, CA), one of the ‘Top 10 Art Shows in America’ (as voted by the readers of American Style). My work has also been shown in two exhibitions at the Irvine Fine Arts Center (Irvine, CA), and I recently won first place in the Professional Photography / Seascape class in the Orange County Fair (Costa Mesa, CA)."


Christian Kiely, 34, was born and raised in New York City and suburbs. BA in Geographic Information Systems from SUNY Albany ('95). He moved to the OC in 2004 and currently resides in Mission Viejo, CA.
LAS VEGAS
Winner of UnScene Photography Tour and 944 Magazine Seven-City Tour Stop:



Brendan Steele
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Photographer Statement:
The images in the Pleasant Ville series were shot in color and converted to black-and-white to portray a sense of old Vegas. The images were shot over the course of two years from 2006 until its completion in early 2008.
I wanted to show Las Vegas in a timeless window, a window you might look through and remember Bugsy Siegel, Howard Hughes, Benny Binion, Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack.
I composed these images to illustrate a scene reminiscent of an era, when the streets were wild with adventure and the buildings housed the famous and the infamous.
The Pleasant Ville series aims to give the viewer a sense of what it might have been like to experience this marvelous city in a time of history in the making. A time when outlaws and entertainers looked to the city and its residence with a grand appreciation for what everyone was embarking upon, and that was simply a good time.


Born and raised in San Diego, Calif., Brendan Steele, is a self-taught photographer and skilled chef by trade.

SCOTTSDALE
Winner of UnScene Photography Tour and 944 Magazine Seven-City Tour Stop



Eric Cassée
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Photographer Statement:
I believe that all of us are artists in some fashion, searching for a medium with which to express ourselves. I have found over the years that photography suits me most accurately. I have been “taking pictures” all my life, but it wasn’t until I was employed as a press photographer that I began to pay more attention to what I was photographing and why. I started with film and slides, photographing landscapes in many exotic places, but for me these images lacked a human element for the observer to relate to. I aspire to mirror the careers of great fashion and art photographers such as Guy Bourdin, Duc Liao, Howard Schatz, Helmut Newton and, of course, Richard Avedon.

Eric is a lifestyle photographer based in Phoenix.
SAN DIEGO
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Tyler Gipe
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Photographer Statement:
The juxtaposition of man-made objects and nature fascinate me. San Diego is full of these juxtapositions as it is a metropolis and a coastal city. The beauty of a photograph is what causes someone to stop, look and think about something that they may have otherwise ignored. The most influential images to me are the ones that make me consider where I am among my surroundings and what I do to contribute to the way things are. In these eight photos there is a vertical theme. There exists a landscape and out of it grows something made by man. Shot in black-and-white, the object stands out clear and structural against its natural background. Much attention is given to the shape and composition of these objects. They are almost as formally composed as product photography, putting on display these man-made objects.

Tyler is a 23-year-old photographer from Huntington Beach, Calif. He has a bachelor of arts in visual arts media, with an emphasis in photography from the University of California, San Diego.
MIAMI
Winner of UnScene Photography Tour and 944 Magazine Seven-City Tour Stop



Stephanie Stalnaker
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Photographer Statement:
My goal as a photographer is to capture the essence and spirit of the person, situation and/or product I’m shooting. When I cover an event, I want you to feel like you were there when you look at the pictures. When I shoot people, I want you to understand what they are feeling in the picture. When I shoot products, I want you to want the product. Most of all I just want to have fun taking pictures.

Stephanie Stalnaker was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. She attended a high school for visual and performing arts, where she fell in love with photography and painting. Stalnaker has worked with ethnic models since her move to Miami in 2004, as well as in high-end spas and real estate. She is the mother of two young boys.

LOS ANGELES
Winner of UnScene Photography Tour and 944 Magazine Seven-City Tour Stop



Adam Rindy
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Photographer Statement:
The series of photos I submitted was the best way I could showcase my style of photography while still keeping the city as a predominant part of the photos . I wanted to bring a sense of LA’s fashion and style to the people who would be viewing the photographs.

Adam Rindy is located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. Rindy is a fun and edgy photographer specializing in fashion and concept work.
   






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