December’s Assignment – City Life

Since the dawn of civilization, the human species has found it mutually purposeful to live in collective fashion in the form of villages, communities, towns and cities. It would be impossible to say what our lives would resemble without the constant cacophony of sights, sounds and commerce that exist in today’s modern urban or not-so-urban cities. For some, this environment becomes a playground of sorts, or a blank canvas on which to create art in all of it’s various genres. Any Main Street in America has it’s own unique story to tell – including massive Broadway in NYC. From alleys to avenues, any man-made environment in your town is what we’re after here. This month’s challenge is to go out with your camera and capture the meaning of City Life in your own view.

In the places you live, we encourage you to be an observer of the cityscapes that exist in your surroundings. We challenge you with seeing the previously unseen – by you, anyway – in any town, big or small. Be as obvious or as clandestine as you’d like. Let loose that inner street photographer that you’ve always wanted to set free. Be the next great Henri Cartier-Bresson or Vivian Maier. Show us the “decisive moments” that create your City Life.

Don’t live near a big city, you say? Well, do you live near or in any sort of community with daily or nightly activity? Then that’s city enough for the purposes of this exercise. Get down to the nitty-gritty of your city and tell us its particularly human story.

All images should be:

• jpeg format
• 72 ppi
• 600 pixels on the longest side
• If possible, we’d love it if the images you submit have your name in the file name and include a watermark (that’s the “© John Doe” at the bottom of the pic). Please submit three to five images.


January 1, 2013

Email all images to Bob McGowan at Submitted images will appear in an online gallery on Paper Airplanes, RMSP’s blog on or about January 4, 2013. All images will be used in the online gallery for this specific assignment only and will be copyrighted to the photographer. An email confirmation will be sent once your submission is received.  If you do not receive the email confirmation, please contact

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December’s Assignment Gallery – City Life : Paper Airplanes

[…] exactly what happened with our photographer friends who chose to participate in last months’s City Life assignment. The result here is exactly what we had hoped for with the assignment; a menagerie of […]

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