If you are sitting on the fence about submitting a photo essay or story to Rear Curtain, the time has come to press that “Send” button.
For Issue 4 we are focusing on storytelling through portraits. The theme emerged when we received a few fabulous submissions and we knew we’d like to run them in print. We invite you to push the boundaries when thinking about portraits in the context of story because most of us have come to understand a very narrow definition of portraiture. In fact portraits can be found in almost all genres of photography although in some it requires a special ingredient to push it past mediocrity. For example, street portraits have to be something more than just random images from a photo walk for the story to carry a deeper meaning and portraits of a landscape need to have more than just technical composition or a beautiful scene to be compelling. We’d love to see stories that weave together the images, not in a random manner but in a way that a good book brings together characters and a setting around a central theme. While environmental portraits are quite commonly understood, you can also take a constructed approach or a creative one where your imagination and opinion take center stage.
Here are a few details you need to know if you are thinking about submitting a story for consideration. Rear Curtain does not pay for stories and while that might not sit well with some, we don’t get paid either. We aren’t some commercial outfit supported by the sales to fund our own photography. We really do this simply because we love it and we deeply believe in helping to bring attention to really great stories that would otherwise go unnoticed. Our mission and vision will continue to guide the way in which we bring these stories to the world. For information on how to submit a story, you can find instructions here. You may also wish to pick up a copy of the magazine to see if we are a good fit for your work. For more specific questions, you can send us an email through our contact page here.