Community News: The 12.12 Project's Monthly Photo Contest

"Nostalgia" by Claudio Gombolii, winner for May 2017.

"Nostalgia" by Claudio Gombolii, winner for May 2017.

The 12.12 Project is a photography collective that is the brainchild of photographer Penny Felts. It was created in 2013 as a way for Penny to challenge herself and grow as a photographer, but also as a way to court inspiration. We are all aware that the Muse can be fickle at times. And so Penny’s idea was to invite eleven other photographers to participate, each person choosing a theme, and to create photos that involved those specific themes: Twelve photographers, twelve themes, twelve ways of seeing. Penny was hoping others would like the idea and that the synergy of being a part of a group would continue to generate inspiration for her and for others as well. The idea was a huge success. Since 2014, there has been 12.12 Project for women and for men, each group chooses its own themes. 

This year, the 12.12 Project decided to do something a little bit different, to bring the photographic community into the game, creating a monthly contest that is open to anyone who shoots instant film. The public is invited to create photos using the same themes that the women’s and men’s collectives explored that month. So what is the incentive to play? The winning photo from each month will be featured in the book that the Project puts together at the end of the season, along with photos from 12.12 Project members. The winners will also receive a printed copy of the book. Who among us doesn’t want to see our work in print? 

And so we, here at PRYME Editions would like to help promote and support the 12.12 Project and its monthly contest. We invite YOU, our readers,our friends, lovers of all forms of instant photography, to submit your photos for the October contest on the group’s Facebook Page. The two possible themes to explore this month in your work are “Ephemeral” and “If this were the last photo I ever took.” As long as instant film is used, any photograph representing your version of one of these ideas is fair game. If you want to take things a step further, you are also invited to use some kind of creative technique on the photo you make, such as an emulsion lift, using transparencies, multiple exposures, abusing or manipulating the film in any way you choose. 

The monthly photo contest will continue through March of 2018. You can refer to the Facebook page for regular updates and information.

You can connect with the 12.12 Lady’s Project on Instagram, with the 12.12 Men’s Project on Instagram, and with founder Penny Felts, also on Instagram. You can connect with previous winners feature here in this article: Lela Gruen, Claudio Gomboli, Randy Jennings, Sofia Bucci, Cory Wilson, Benjamin Joseph Rains


Anne Silver is an instant photography aficionado who lives in Paris, France and is a member of the 12:12 Project. Connect with Anne Silver on her Website and on Instagram!

PRYME News: WRITER Announcement - Introducing Anne Silver!

We are proud to announce Anne Silver as the newest addition to the PRYME Editions family! She will be taking on the role of Editor and Staff writer and will bring solid skills to the team and will be a key player as we produce more books and projects! With this announcement we want our readers to get to know Anne and also take the chance to acknowledge her fantastic work as an instant film photographer.

Anne Silver is an American photographer and writer living in Paris, France. Before concentrating on her art full-time, she worked as a psychotherapist for 16 years. One of her areas of specialty was dream analysis, and her fascination with the dream world, with its symbols and archetypes continues to inspire and influence her art. You can see her past professional life's influences take hold in her instant film work in her recent self portraiture series, Ophelia’s Dream.

Silver's self-portraits present an anonymous female character and her surroundings, capturing flickers of other realities: memories, dreams, and moments of reverie. Her photography is driven by ideas and images that come sneaking down the halls of her imagination, that come whispering to her in the middle of the night when she awakens with a bizarre sense of urgency, that descend upon her like a sudden rain shower when we smell some familiar but long-forgotten perfume in the hallway. It is this sense of other-worldliness that Silver tries to evoke in her photos.

Photography has provided Silver a way of freezing time, capturing those impressions and feelings and creating something that endures, even after the moment fades. The poet Mary Oliver, in her collection of poems entitled Blue Horses, tell us that “Maybe the desire to make something beautiful is the piece of God that is inside each of us.”  Perhaps she is right. Silver's series speaks to a fundamental longing or emotion we all share. You rarely see her face, and instead see only her body language  which enables the viewer to project their own interpretations into the scenes, allowing them to respond on an almost instinctive level. 

Silver has always made art in one form or another, and this has been an integral part of the process of healing from the losses she has faced in her life and a way to create beauty in a sometimes difficult and not-so-pretty world.  She has a long history with photography, which began in the 1990’s. Silver has done 35mm analog photography and digital photography, but her true passion is instant photography. She discovered fine art instant photography relatively recently, in 2016. The work of Sara Robinson came to her attention, and Silver was smitten. She began researching different photographers, and soon stumbled onto PRYME Editions, onto this very blog, where she read literally every article. She discovered the work of Amanda Mason and fell head over heels in love again. She discovered the work of Penny Felts and 12.12 Project.   

Silver is now a member of the renowned 12.12 Project and has has her work featured as apart of this inspirational group in the Impossible Project Magazine and is starting to gain recognition in her own right. Her photographs have recently been highlighted by several on-line platforms, including Hylas Magazine, Polaroiders Italia, and The Polavoid. She has exhibited work as apart of Expolaroid 2016 in Nantes, France and at Cedarhust Center for the Arts in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. She has several future projects lined up and is looking forward to the forthcoming articles about her work in other on-line and print magazines and a future contribution to a group exhibition being planned for later this year. 

Connect with Anne Silver personally on her Website and Instagram!


Michael Behlen is a photography enthusiast from Fresno, CA. He works in finance and spends his free time shooting instant film and seeing live music, usually a combination of the two. He is the founder of PRYME Editions. Connect with Michael Behlen on his Website and on Instagram!