The ‘BEOPEN Shadows’ open call was dedicated to the subject of shadows in all fields of art.


According an ancient Roman author Pliny the Elder, the very art of painting originates from trailing the edge of shadow. Later interplay of light and shadow gave birth to the art of photography, while the old fun of making shadows of fingers on the wall has grown into the shadow art.

Nowadays, art is impossible to imagine without shadows. Known as the opposite of light, they symbolize the ‘darker side’ or are endowed with the meaning of one’s alter ego. Shadows can bring rhythm and depth into the picture, their contrasted outlines and silhouettes can even become the very subject of an artwork.


Hundreds of people sent visuals that reflect this topic via Instagram with the #BEOPENShadows hashtag, as a way to celebrate people’s ability to creatively interpret the reality around them. The entries closed in December 2019. BE OPEN Community members have selected the winning post from a shortlist of submissions with the highest number of likes by Instagram users.


Our congratulations go to Saeed Zolfi, a photographer from Iran. Saeed Believes that photography has become a new way to see, feel and understand all the phonemes without destructive noises of modern world for him.


With open calls, by asking the participants to share their vision in the most graphic form, BE OPEN aims to identify innovative approaches, and build new creative bonds for people around the globe. BE OPEN believes that the ability for creative interpretation is not confined within the art and design industry. The series of online challenges reach out to those creative minds around the globe, who keep their eyes open, see inspiration in the everyday life, and are able to transform it with their own unique vision.