For three days each June, photographers and photography lovers gather in Charlottesville, Va., to view galleries, hear artist talks and take lots of pictures. The photo festival, called LOOK3, began as a backyard gathering at the home of National Geographic photographer Nick Nichols, and has evolved into an elaborate three-day production.
Some highlights this past weekend included a Q&A with the recalcitrant Magnum photographer Gilles Peress; a multimedia presentation featuring nearly 20 works, such as John Trotter's unforgettable story The Burden of Memory; and, finally, the YourSpace area, where festival attendees displayed their photos.
LOOK3 YourSpace Online - Images by Festival of the Photograph
Although the festival is largely a showcase for established photographers, the founding backyard spirit of sharing and support is sustained through the YourSpace gallery. Canon provides one print per person, Photoshelter curates an online gallery, and a selection of images is displayed at the festival. The result is a diverse collection of images, which can now be viewed online. Check out this selection of user-submitted photos, and stay tuned for more features from the festival.