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Flickr Photo of the Week Contest Winner

by Jerome Weeks 22 Jun 2010 10:36 PM

Congratulations to Mike Fiddleman of Dallas, the winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week contest! He was picked for his shot of a fire dancer at Club Dada.


Congratulations to Mike Fiddleman of Dallas, the winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week contest! Fiddleman is an advertising writer and photographer who has own firm and his own photo website. He follows last week’s winner, Guy Reynolds.

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 a bit more from Mike:

Title: “um, those aren’t smores”

Equipment: Nikon D300 camera and a Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 lens, handheld in the dark, because I like making things difficult for myself.

Tell us more about your photo: This was taken at Club Dada in Deep Ellum. I had my camera along to take pics of friends in the band and was out back between sets when the fire dancer came out. So, like most of my favorite images, this was a spur-of-the-moment thing. I took this as well as a bunch of long-shutter photos of flames spinning around. At the time, I thought the action shots were incredible. But afterwards, I realized this profile of her crouching down just before the action began was a unique view and surprisingly powerful, too. Of course, the caveman in me thinks whirling fire is freakin’ cool. But those shots didn’t have the detail of this wicked-looking device (which I now know is called a fire fan) and the almost intimate way the flames lit her profile. It may be because I’m also a writer, but I gravitate towards images that tell a unique story or reveal something new about what we’re looking at.

Plus, I love a good shot in the dark.