As a postscript to the earlier call for entries for the project in China, Yan Li has let us know that Camille Seaman and Hollis Bennett were chosen.
Camille Seaman was one of our Critical Mass 2006 book award winners, and Hollis Bennett was a Critical Mass finalist in 2011. We hope these two travelers have a grand adventure in China.
I am going to take this opportunity to trot out a past testimonial from Camille Seaman, because it is one of my favorite, and it speaks clearly about the "tipping point" that Critical Mass has the potential to provide:
I am not exaggerating or being dramatic by saying that Critical Mass changed my life, for it is very true that you can make the best images in the world but they mean nothing if all they see is the inside of a box. Critical Mass has been just that for me, that tipping point that has made so much more possible, like some video game I have found the gold key and may now advance to the next level!
Because of Critical Mass, JD Talesek found me, and told 'American Photo' about me via Brian Clamp and since then I have had magazines from all over Europe and the US including ' Outside', 'Focus Magazine', and 'Men’s Journal' publish my work. I even got a call from 'Time' magazine. I have made many print sales through my galleries. I will be speaking at PCNW on Feb 1st and my big shindig at the National Academy of Sciences will be on March 2nd. Not too shabby, huh?
— Camille Seaman
|© Camille Seaman: From 'The Last Iceberg' series|
|© Hollis Bennett: From 'American Weekend' series|