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Flickr Foto of the Week
by Jerome Weeks 17 Mar 2010

Congratulations to Matt Harvey, winner of this week’s Flickr Photo Contest! Wish we could do this one justice — the bigger you can see it, the more incredibly tactile the details are.


Steam Engine

Congratulations to Matt Harvey of Addison, the winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week contest! Wish we could show the photo of this locomotive in Grapevine as big as possible. The details are incredibly tactile. Matt is a prolific shutterbug, as you can tell from his often stunning photoblog. He follows last week’s winner, Sarah Philipson.

If you would like to participate in the Flickr Photo of the Week contest, all you need to do is upload your photo to to our Flickr group page. It’s fine to submit a photo you took previous to the current week, but we are hoping that the contest will inspire you to go out and shoot something fantastic this week to share with Art&Seek users. If the picture you take involves a facet of the arts, even better. The contest week will run from Monday to Sunday, and the Art&Seek staff will pick a winner on Monday afternoon. We’ll notify the winner through FlickrMail (so be sure to check those inboxes) and ask you to fill out a short survey to tell us a little more about yourself and the photo you took. We’ll post the winners’ photo on Wednesday.

Now here’s more from Matt:

Matt Harvey

Title of Photo: Steam Power

Equipment: I’m working from memory on this  — Canon 400D with the lens, Canon EF-S 10mm – 22mm f/3.5-4.5

Tell us more about your photo: I actually shot this back in September 2007 and don’t really remember too many details of the shoot, other than I was out testing a new set of Hoya filters and had never really spent any time in the old downtown part of Grapevine. But I thought that the old train equipment would be interesting to shoot.  That, and the grain silos.  I’d just gotten back in to photography, after stopping for a few years when film got too expensive and I no longer had access to a darkroom and before digital SLRs had gotten good enough to approach film in image quality. So I guess when I go back and look at some of these images from those times, I think about how I felt glad to finally have my favorite creative outlet back again after several years of it missing — at least on a somewhat serious level — from my life.  Since then, I’ve rediscovered my love of the still image and it’s a central part of my life now.  In fact, I’m in the middle of a trip to Palo Duro Canyon and New Mexico with the main goal of photographing things, in addition to giving my wife and myself a much-needed break from the non-stop pace of Dallas.