Two years ago, November 2011, the project Leica Talent saw the light. I don’t even know how I got to know about it and if it was something global or if we had it just in Italy. They set up a contest, called 24×36, where 24 was for the 24 winners of the third selection (but not the last one) and 36 was for the film format. The 24 winners were given a Leica and asked to start a photographic project with it. Among those, a jury picked 12 lucky talented ones who began a cooperation with Leica.
Everyone was allowed to participate and everyone had hers/his pictures published on Leica website, as long as one was living in Italy and above 18. No required theme for the photos, you just had to send the three pictures more representative of you.
Just imagine what happened. It ended up with 42.567 participants. Countless debates. The first selection, made by the Leica team, cut them down to 2400. Again, I’m not a professional, I’ve not much experience and I knew I was not going to win. Just compete’s sake. I was happy enough to have passed the first selection and to be one of those 2400.
These are the three photos I sent (and yes, back then I didn’t even know you are not supposed to mix black&white and colour photos).