Oli Kellett Cross Road Blues

Shot across the States on the streets of Miami, San Francisco, LA, Chicago, New Orleans, Houston, New York and Atlanta, Oli Kellett’s images of America reflect on people living within the urban environment and the tension existing between feelings of belonging and loneliness.

Showing subjects waiting in almost frozen situations, Kellett’s precise direction of light and shadow emphasise and question the relation existing between individuals and groups in a modern American society seemingly caught between reality and dream.

“According to legend, Robert Johnson, the Delta Blues musician, met the devil at a crossroads outside Memphis and sold his soul in exchange for his musical talents. He was forever plagued despite his success. Faustian Tales are more popular at times of moral crisis. We live in an era of fake news, political polarisation and algorithmic echo chambers. Our experience of the world is fractured as we live out multiple identities on and offline.

Crossroads are a democratic place. We all have to wait. On average, we will spend five years ‘waiting’ during our lifetime. Being held at a ‘DON’T WALK’ sign allows us a few seconds, and occasionally minutes, to just be with ourselves, and remember who we are.

At this time of uncertainty and change in America’s history, I’m looking for a moment where individuals are dwarfed by what surrounds them, appearing lost but searching for something. They then go on their way, whichever direction that may be.” – Oli Kellett

– Discover more of Oli’s work here.

Monthly Photo Contest

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THEME: TRAVEL Deadline: 31 August 2019

Competition Judge: STEVE MCCURRY

When traveling, the only way to discover the rhythm of life of a place is to experience it.

Each place we visit has its own particular look, ambiance, and atmosphere. Understanding its people, customs and traditions is vital and there’s always something unique to capture.

This summer we want to see images that communicate the life of a place in all its splendor, and trigger our memories. Whatever the subject may be: Street, Portrait, Landscape, Documentary... We want to share your journey, visually and intellectually - Let’s travel together!


1st Prize: $1000 · 2nd Prize: $600 · 3rd Prize: $400

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