Contributing you Photos for “Our Tornado” Show.

“Our Tornado’s” Parent Cloud

Hi, I’m Dan Hayward, a photographer here in Laramie.

In the very early morning after Laramie’s Tornado on June 6, I was browsing through FB posts, saving still photos & videos that caught my eye and attention, and your photo, photos and/or videos are among those I liked best. I’ve since decided to produce a photo exhibition titled “Our Tornado” and am contacting you and a few other people to submit photos for consideration. The month-long showing is tentatively scheduled for this coming September.

The window of time to pull this exhibition together, however, is very narrow and if the exhibition is to happen, your photographers and I need to act quickly. The final 10 to 14 photos for the exhibit need to be chosen by August 1. Consequently, there’s no time to do a public call for submissions, so I decided to contact the people whose FB photos interested me, and have them submit photos. I hope this interests you! All of the entries will have to be emailed to me within this coming week so the final choices can be curated by August 1.

The Venue:

One of several artists scheduled to exhibit their art at ArtConnect Gallery in downtown Laramie this coming September is unlikely to be able to participate. If that artist has to cancel then we’ll use that room for our show. So our expected exhibit space is ArtConnect and show time is month of September.

I’m confident that producing a strong tornado show in a short amount of time is a doable task, but only if we all act quickly and pull it together in a “whirlwind” (I know, a bit cheesey…).

Tornado hidden inside Rising Dust Column

Photo Submissions:

Toward that end, I’d like you to submit up to 5 of your best still images of the tornado or it’s parent cloud. These submissions make up the initial pool of photos that will be vetted down to the finalists that the ArtConnect Director and I will curate into to the final show images to be hung in gallery’s September show.  To keep to our tight schedule, you’ll have to submit your photos via email to me by this coming Saturday, July 21, by midnight. The final photos will be selected by July 28.

Part of the tight timeline is that the gallery needs to create the show’s publicity almost immediately after the final choices are made. I’ll need to receive the title, the finished piece’s outside dimensions, how much profit you want to pocket from the sale of your work and a short artist statement about shooting your tornado photos, and I’ll need all of that almost immediately after you are notified of your pieces that we’ve selected for the show. So, be prepared with all of that info so you can send it within a day or two at the most, after receiving notification of what piece or pieces have been accepted.

Submission Criteria:

Below are the Submission Criteria:

  • All digital images must be submitted via email to:

  • You can send either original still photos or single frames from video footage that are sharp and can be successfully enlarged up to 8×12 inches and preferably to12x18 inches.
  • Submited digital files must be reduced to between 870 dots and 1920 dots on the long side. This size translates to between 3 and 6.5 inches on the long side at 300 Dots per inch or between 6 and 13 inches on the long side at 150 Dots per Inch.
  • Photos can be B&W or Color.
  • The person who created the photos must be the person submitting the images, or the photos must be submitted by someone in their stead.
  • Submissions must include the photographer’s Name, Age (just to see the diversity of ages for the show), Email Address & Phone Number.
  • You’ll need you to deliver your finished photo(s) to the gallery by late August. The exact date will be included in the acceptance notification. If you can’t deliver your piece, you’ll have to ship it. The photos must be in a finished presentation condition, whether framed or finished in a gallery-acceptable frame-less method, and must be ready to hang in the gallery.

Possible Future Show: 

This show may be a preliminary show to a much larger one that will be open to submissions by anyone who documented the storm in stills or footage. We’ll see how this one goes. If we do produce a second show, the pieces in this show will be automatically accepted into the new show and you’ll be able to submit the other pieces you submit to this show and/or any others.

Thanks so much and I can’t wait to view all of the images submitted. Please contact me with any questions you have along the way, at 399-8327.

Our Tornado was Quite Unique, which Prompted the Idea for the Show:

As you probably know, the storm was a unique weather event, for several reasons. First, there hadn’t been an EF3 tornado in Wyoming since 1987. Second, Laramie’s EF3 was the second Wyoming EF3 Tornado in less than 7 days, as Gillette had an EF3 blow through its outskirts less than a week earlier.

Third, Laramie’s tornado was truly beautiful!  The Washington Post’s headline for an article about the tornado on their web site reads, “Tornado of the Year: ‘Incredibly Picturesque’ Twister Wows Laramie Storm Watchers.” Fourth, the storm was unique because, although it was an EF3 tornado and ¼ to 1/3 of a mile wide at ground level, I don’t think many people felt overly threatened by the huge twister, and in the end, while being so close to town, it only destroyed one out-building, fencing and power lines.

Because of peoples’ sense of being safe, I suspect that a surprisingly high percentage of the residents and others who were in town at the time, probably felt safe in shooting stills or footage of the tornado and/or it’s unique parent cloud.

The wide variety of twister images on FB was striking to see, and that variety became the main motivating factor in wanting to produce “Our Tornado” Show. It was obvious that it would be possible to produce an exhibition of stills of the event from professionals and amateurs alike, that would present Our Tornado from many different angles to, and many different distances from, the EF3, as well as photos that documented most or all of the 52 minutes the cyclone scoured the prairie. And the same is probably even more true of video footage shot of the storm.

I hope our photos in this initial show will cover a number of these differences, and that the energy from this show will lay the ground-work for a larger, more comprehensive show in the future, and possibly lead to editing a video using many peoples’ footage that presents all of the tornado’s main, visually-different stages, throughout its life.

Thanks again!

Main Tornado’s Second Appearance on top of the Laramie Range

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