New Cosmos of Photography 2013 (the 36th competition)
Messages from the judges to the applicants (honorific titles omitted)
I want to encounter photos with the vitality to connect to the future, of a kind I have not seen before.
I have faith in people who are into Dragon Quest (also known as Dragon Warrior), and people who are into photography, so they should enter.
Wasn’t the phrase “New Cosmos of Photography” originally coined to indicate the 21st century?
The first chapter of the 2000 era has come to an end, and with the New Cosmos of Photography, we are now rushing ahead. What will happen now? It’s not “photos are like this”, rather, in addition to being surprised along with everyone else, I would like to see that direction of “photos can also be like this.” I am looking forward to the arrival of individuals who will follow the photography of the 20th century, open up the photography of the 21st century, and give us a preview of the photography of the 22nd century.
Abstract catch copy such as “real,” “natural,” and “wild” spewed out by people that do not see photos is just not acceptable.
Even if viewing skills are sought-after, and is common sense, simply referring to the history of photographic has no meaning. Instead of a close friend, select your ideal subject. Rather than a casual photo, show us photos taken after thinking and looking as carefully as you can. A square screen is an easy, tasty seasoning. Anything can be delicious art, for example. Let’s not make simple imitations. Photos are a lower body kind of thing. So be sure to use your mind to the fullest.
Art and entertainment were created for the purpose of manual labor. They do a lot of work for the general public. Who profits? It means that people nowadays are somehow maintaining unreasonable situations.
And, apparently the national ballet company of a certain country has the purpose of inspiring the general public.
I would like everyone to return to these basics, to think about how to best change the balance of the lives of people in the future, and what people are looking for in art.
The way I feel about art has remained basically unchanged for a long time. I believe that culture and art are feasible when people have achieved a stable lifestyle.
Normally, creating an environment is the top priority, however, I feel that from now on it would be best to have an increase in modern, age-conscious, beautiful photos that can comfort people. As for the future of photographic expression, it will be necessary to move towards a more classical beauty.
Another thing I have thought recently is that art and entertainment are complete opposites.
This concerned me, so when I looked into it I was surprised to learn that my thoughts were the same as Pascal's theories that art is something that gives people a chance to face themselves, and that entertainment is only something that people use to escape from facing themselves.
Recently, these two have become confused; however, in the future an era will eventually come when they will be separated for eternity. Apparently this is because there is no connection between leisure and growth. What is something good? It is not pseudo art, I am waiting for people who can make a clear distinction.