We've joined up with SHOW ME PICTURES to invite you to take part in the third and final stage of Still Cursing, which brings together Shakespeare and contemporary photography.
While Shakespeare had nothing to do with the publication of his plays, he made sure that he left us with his epitaph, which ends with the threat of a curse.
He refers to cursing almost 200 times in his complete works. So you could say that he was cursing throughout his career and he still does so 400 years after his death.
Here lies the inspiration for Still Cursing, a series of three photobooks produced by the end of 2016, the year that marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and the introduction to the world of his final curse.
Volumes I and II have been published after call-outs in 2014 and 2015, when we received an eclectic mix of photography based on Margaret’s bitter and personal curse in Richard III (Volume I) and Mark Antony's vision of a destructive curse in Julius Caesar (Volume II).
We are inviting you to take part in the third and final stage of the project by sharing new or existing photography in response to the following curse:
Create her child of spleen, that it may live
And be a thwart disnatur'd torment to her.
Let it stamp wrinkles in her brow of youth,
With cadent tears fret channels in her cheeks,
Turn all her mother's pains and benefits
To laughter and contempt, that she may feel
How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is
To have a thankless child.
: King Lear, Act 1 Scene 4
1. Are there any specific words or phrases in this curse that mean something to you?
2. What images are conjured up in your mind by these words or the curse as a whole?
3. How can you use photography to convey these images through a new photo or one that you already have?
All submissions will be considered for Volume III, which will be published in November 2016.
HOW TO SUBMIT
Please include the following so we can credit you: name, photo title, year created and personal website address, if applicable.
Still Cursing is a not-for-profit participatory project.
SHOW ME PICTURES is a platform for contemporary photography both online and in print. We operate a year round open submission policy and produce a sporadic and experimental print publication. More at showmepictures.co.uk