Friday, November 21, 2014

What is a Portrait ? Competition WINNERS!!!

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The WINNERS of What is a Portrait? Competition are:

First Prize Winner- Matthew Swarts

Second Prize Winner -Caleb Cole

Third Prize Winner-  Mariette Pathy Allen

Honorable Mention- Luis Carle
Honorable Mention- Lesly Deschler Canossi

Winners by Portraiture Categories

Environmental Portraits- Nina Buesing Corvallo
Documentary Portraits- Kate Pollard Hoffmann
Self Portraits - Rocio De Alba
Traditional Portraits- Joe Gaffney
Experimental Portraits- David Meanix
Celebrity Portraits- Rafael Fuchs
Candid Portraits- David Sweet
Glamour Portraits- Larry Torno
Lifestyle Portraits- Shannon Clyne
Surreal Portraits-Craig Becker
Conceptual Portraits-Alison Stewart
Abstract Portrait - Maury Gortemiller
Modern Portraits-Christopher Borrok
Family Portraits- Antonio Pulgarin
Landscape Portraits- Nancy Oliveri
Animal Portraits- Bibiana Skraby Medkova
Conceptual Portraits-Rita Koehler
Selfie Portraits- Caroline Kessler
Mixed Media Portraits -Russ Rowland
Event Portraits- Valery Rizzo
Street Portraits- Sheri Lynn Behr

Please excuse me if got your name misspelled incorrectly ( can be fixed)
It was very hard for me to decide but kept coming back to the same images and artists. Since Portraiture is such a vast theme wanted to honor artists whose work stood out besides the winners. Congratulations to you all!!!
Big love,
Ruben Natal-San Miguel

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

FINALIST LIST for What is a Portrait Juried Competition!!

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1. Pathy Allen #1,3,4
2. Grabowski #2
3.Rocio De Alba #3,4&6
4.Rodriguez #2
5.Cole #2,3&4
6.Buesing Corvallo #1&2
7.Clyne #1,2
8. Youmans #3,2
10.Bacon #1,2
11.Jackson #2,3
12.Pulgarin #1,2
13.Sweet #3,1
14. Meanix 1,2,3
15. Bibiana, #2,4
16.Rowland #1,3
17. Hertog #1
18. Kessler #1,2
19. Lobis #1
20. Maier #1
21. Belanich#1,3
23.Kane #3,5
24. Anello#1
25.Shung #1,3
26. King #3,5
28.Ott #2
29. Oliveri #2,3&5
30. Arliss #1
31. Spero #3,5
32. Wind #13,10, 8&7
33. Jungers#2
34. Koehler#3,7& matress image
35. Becker#2,3
36. Grimm #3
37. Chan #2
38. Gordon#3
39.Gaffney #2,3
40. Deschler Cannosi #2,3
41. Rickert #1,2,3
42. Behr #2,3
43. Keiser #3
44. Fuchs #2 C.Powell , 3&4
45. Cheikin #1
46. Wallenstein #1
47. Carle #2,3
48. Bahat #1
49. Rosenberg #3
50. Jones #2
51. Keith Thompson #3
52. Doran#1,2&4
53. Mintz #3
54. Davis T #6
55. Swarts #1,2
56. Gordon #1
57. Gortemiller #fan image
58. Eckert #1
59. Torno #2,3
60. Stewart #3
61. Einhorn #2
62. Desilets #2
63. Rizzo #3,2
64. Lazar#1

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Monday, November 17, 2014

What is a Portrait ? Competition/Exhibition EXTENDED DEADline to 11/18/14!

! Due to problems with Paypal ( It sort of crashed due to a large amount of last minute entries and some people were not able to meet the deadline) DEADLine for entries extended till Tuesday, November 18, 2014! What is a P O R T R A I T ? 1 DAY Left to submit entries!! A juried competition by Ruben Natal- San Miguel . Deadline 11/18/14 . Exhibition opens at Ripe Art Gallery December 13, 2014. Winners will be exhibited alongside with Amy Elkins, Oliver Wasow, Nan Goldin, Aline Smithson, Ryan McGinley, Jack Pierson, Martin Parr, Phil Toledano and 2 more great photographers . Only 1 DAY left for 11/18/14 entry deadline. Submit you entries TODAY! Photo: " Untitled " 2014 by Ruben NSM Sent from my iPad

Thursday, November 13, 2014

What is a PORTRAIT? Deadline for entries 11/15/14

Photo by Ruben NSM
What is a P O R T R A I T ? 

3 DAYS Left to submit entries!!

A juried competition by Ruben Natal- San Miguel . 

Deadline 11/15/14 . Exhibition opens at  Ripe Art Gallery December 13, 2014.
Winners will be exhibited alongside with Amy Elkins, Oliver Wasow, Nan Goldin, Aline Smithson, Ryan McGinley, Jack Pierson, Martin Parr, Phil Toledano and 2 more great photographers .

Only 4 DAYS left for 11/15/14 entry deadline. Submit you entries TODAY! 

Photo: Ruben NSM 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

ARTmostfierce's Ruben Natal-San Miguel's Print Sale

''The Smoker'' , 2014 Brooklyn NYC by RNSM

'Firescape'' 2014 Harlem, NYC by RNSM

Lady Money Sings The Blues, 2011 Harlem NYC

Feeling pretty grateful for the most recent amount of exhibitions, press and other accolates, I decided that is time to share the joy with my fans, faithful audience and collectors who always provide the most support of it all. Saying this, it might be the very last time to get Lady Money at 11x14 size ( sold out  8x10 size), SIGNED, TITLED & at a very limited edtion of 7 ONLY for $150.00!!!
This image has won a PDN competition beating 1,500.00 entries and just this past Friday earned another competition win at NEXT curated & juried by Elizabeth Avedon.

The other two images , The Smoker and Firescape hd both generated internet buzz and are part of two new ongoing new bodies of work. they are both editions of 7 signed, dated and edition for the same price.

Please add $9.99 for shipping out of NY State. 
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Happy Shopping!
Big Love,

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Elizabeth Avedon Castell Photography Exhibition/Competition -NEXT - Ruben Natal San Miguel winner -L'Oeil de la Photographie Magazine Interview

'' Lady Money Sings The Blues'' 2011, Harlem, NYC
Ruben Natal-San Miguel- Third Place Winner

New York City-based photographer, Ruben Natal-San Miguel, born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, also holds a Bachelor and Master Degree in Architecture from Boston Architectural College and Finance and Business Administration from Boston University. His photography has been shown internationally, and published in The Atlantic, Aperture, Daily News and Urban Italy Magazine; and won the Photo District News (PDN Magazine) Portrait Competition. I am a fan of his bold, authentic images from the streets of Harlem, which Natal-San Miguel said, “captures the last vestiges of a rich street culture before the imminent gentrification in Harlem."
EA: Is your image, Lady Money Sings The Blues, 2011 Harlem, NYC,part of an ongoing series?
RNSM: Yes, it is part of a 10-year project called NYC: Concrete Jungleof work in all 5 Boroughs of NYC.
EA: Can you tell us something about the experience of shooting this image? What captured your attention to take this photograph?  
RNSM: The subject of the photograph is Billie Jean, a longtime Harlem resident and Cotton Club Jazz singer. Her look and demeanor evokes that old NYC style, presence, endurance, perseverance and uniqueness that, due to the aggressive gentrification keeps disappearing from the city's street culture. I took several photos of her, but this one was my favorite, just at the precise moment she was writing her phone number for me. There was something very soulful, vulnerable and genuine about the moment.   
EA:  How did you originally get involved in photography?
RNSM: I am 100% self-taught. I did not attend college for Photography. I am a trained Architect and learned photography by collecting it, reading and studying about it, selling and curating exhibitions. My trained eye in design always helps me to compose the photographs in my head.
EA: Is there a photography icon you met, would like to meet, or wish you had met, that has influenced or inspired you? 
RNSM: Susan Meiselas, who I had the honor to interview for the 2009 Lucie Awards. A few months later she approached me and I worked with her as a collaborator on a Flag Project that a museum in Paris, France commissioned. I photographed with her in the Bronx, Harlem and the Lower East Side. The final was a photo and video presentation in which my voice explains the sentiments behind the Puerto Rican Flag and why there is a strong fervor and love about it.
EA: Apart from developing a great body of work, what are your objectives; what are you working on NEXT?
RNSM: I started a new project that has to do with how we tend to miss the great architecture of NYC by not looking up. It will address the fact that since we live in such fast pace life with  our faces  buried in our phones, we pass by every day the most majestic architecture, and hope to bring attention to it.