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"CAROL" Movie

Updated: Feb 23, 2020

Copyright: Des Byrne winning photo.

Todd Haynes’ new film Carol is set to win plaudits for its distinctive cinematography, which is influenced by the street photography of the 1940s and 1950s. Now, it’s your turn to take the lead from such street photography greats as Saul Leiter, Robert Franks and Diana Arbus, as part of a unique photo competition.

Led by a stellar cast including Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, the stunning new film Carol (in cinemas from 27 November) is set to be one of the most stylish releases of the year.

The brief: ‘captured moments’

For the chance to have your work featured in a Guardian online picture gallery, send in your take of a street photography image, responding to the theme of “captured moments” – a theme directly inspired by the unique visual style of Carol. The best 10 images will star in a Guardian picture gallery, with one overall winner receiving a Lomography LC-A 120 camera.

It’s up to you whether you choose to take a portrait, capture an urban cityscape or depict a found object: the only stipulation is that your image must complement the visual style of Carol and classic street photography of the era.

Taking your lead from the film, your picture should celebrate the power of subtle gestures and the art of the unsaid. As such, your image might convey a clandestine tryst or serendipitous encounter between two people.

Alternatively, honing in on a street scene or landscape, you may choose to spotlight a forgotten or discarded object or detail. Whatever way you approach the brief, your overarching aim is to transform the seemingly inconsequential into something worthy of attention, capturing a moment forever.

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