Meet the 500px International Pictures Awards Storytelling Class Winner

The 2022 500px Global Photography Awards serves creatives working with pictures and supplies them an opportunity to showcase their ability and be rewarded for it. The second version of the competitors consisted of six classes: Technical, Storytelling, Business Content material, Documentary, Superb Artwork, and Panorama. As we speak on the weblog we’re speaking with the winner of the Storytelling class, Kevin Wooden.

Hello Kevin, please introduce your self.

My Title Is Kevin Wooden, and I’m a portrait photographer from Accra-Ghana, the firstborn of Mr. Emmanuel Kwesi Wooden and Ms. Regina Martey. I’ve been doing pictures for 7-8 years and the type of pictures I deal with most is portrait pictures.

I began my pictures journey in 2016 with a Canon 1200D, which was gifted to me by my uncle, Mr. Lawrence Sam. In a while in my journey, I labored with a Canon 550D, 6D Mark ii, and a 5d Mark ii. My pictures was impressed by way of my digital arts.

Creating Adam And Eve by Kevin Wood on

The profitable picture: “Creating Adam and Eve”

What’s the story behind the picture “Creating Adam and Eve”?
In my photographic storytelling picture, you’ll be able to see a connection, satisfaction, and unity between a person and a lady. This picture was taken to specific my religion in God (Supreme Being), and spotlight nature’s excellence and wonder. I imagine that all the pieces has an origin story, and with my digital camera, I wish to inform that by way of my lens in a novel approach.

“Creating Adam And Eve” has at all times been my favourite storytelling picture, as a result of I had nice teamwork with a superbly executed imaginative and prescient.


What was your thought course of when selecting what pictures you had been going to undergo the awards?
My thought course of was primarily targeted of the next:

The Eyes: The male’s pose depicts satisfaction and peace within the feminine whereas the feminine’s pose depicts the boldness and belief within the man, which bonds them collectively.

The Sky: Symbolizes the protecting and togetherness artistry nature of God, and a reminder that he exists.


As a younger photographer from Ghana, does your tradition and placement influence your pictures?
Sure! Ghana is a really beautiful and peaceable place to reside. The youth listed below are free-hearted folks and really open to any concepts regarding pictures and that makes my work as a photographer simple. And, the custom and tradition actually encourage me and have a really highly effective influence on my pictures.


How do you make certain the individual in entrance of the lens feels snug?
First off, I’m beloved by the circle of individuals round me, and so they actually take heed to me every time I deliver up an concept to execute. Making them really feel snug in entrance of the lens comes out naturally, due to the love and respect all of us share.


When taking a look at your profitable photographs the topics’ stares, though in a roundabout way on the lens, nonetheless handle to carry such depth and depth. How did you direct them, and is there a purpose you didn’t need them to look straight into the lens?
The picture exhibits a connection/unity between the male and the feminine. Directing them got here out verbally with directions in regards to the idea with a mutual understanding. I felt that, if they’d posed with their eyes instantly wanting into the lens, they wouldn’t be expressing their feelings to my viewers. I additionally needed my viewers to really feel the presence of them as in the event that they stood proper there to witness them and really feel their connection.


Creating the picture appears prefer it was a really collaborative course of between you and the fashions, whom you thanked after profitable the Storytelling award. Do you might have any suggestions for different photographers on how one can foster relationships with different creatives?
My message to all photographers—each mannequin deserves the very best respect/love as a result of they spend their time with us as topics to create great photographs by way of artwork. It doesn’t matter in the event that they had been paid for the idea or not. All the time construct an amazing and loving connection between you and your mannequin, human or not. That’s the way you get a superbly executed picture together with your imaginative and prescient.


Are you able to stroll us by way of your enhancing course of for this picture?
Photoshop is a really highly effective instrument for me on the subject of enhancing and maybe coloration grading too, so I select Adobe Photoshop for all enhancing processes.

-I cropped the picture as I noticed match for a portrait, to seize the viewers’s consideration.
-I adjusted the highlights, distinction, and publicity to mix into my coloration grading type.
-I sharpened the picture, labored round selective coloration, and gradient map in photoshop to finalize my storytelling picture.

I used a Canon 550D and A Canon Lens Ef 75-300mm.


While you take a look at this picture, what do you hope it communicates to viewers?
The entire idea and supply is to foster and promote unity amongst mankind, discouraging racism/discrimination and highlighting that the creator of the universe (God) exists.

God desires us to reside in unity. One humanity for us all!

Regardless of the wars and battle amongst us, we must always be capable to overcome the hate and resentment that divides us and reside beneath the roof of affection and unity.

Take a look at the opposite 500px International Pictures Awards winners:
The Panorama Class Winner
The Documentary Class Winner
The Superb Artwork Class Winner
The Technical Class Winner

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