Louise Clements of the Format International Photography festival, Derby chooses her favourite image from February's competition
Louise Clements, curator and the co-founder of Derby International Photography festival, judged this month's competition and chose Luis Santos's shot of Motorway Skies.
Louise says: "This image contains layers of information. It plays with our understanding of perspective and place. It offers an alternative point of view that leaves you wondering where the photographer was and how this image was achieved. It is a photography that evokes a sense of vertigo, where we are dealing simultaneously with the collision of looking down from above but ultimately gazing up in to the depths.
"The layer that is the reflection of the sky acts as a membrane that separates the driver/car/road from the tangible and the everyday. The glass that holds the reflection almost takes on the qualities of water which adds to the elusiveness and confusion initiated by the image. These qualities are good because they provoke you to look closer, think and read the image. It also has humour ? the driver, almost literally, has his head in the clouds."
February's assignment proved a popular and accessible subject matter. There was lots of diversity and thinking outside the box for a single subject. A lot of submissions consisted of car details but here Gethin Thomas's entry has a good feeling of space.
Others shortlisted included Fred Hale, whose lights had a tremendous subtlety and proved how often less is more.
The shiny paintwork proved irresistible to many members but Matthew Price's Columns was the most successful set of this style.
We should give an honourable mention to Sam Newson's bus submission for causing much debate and contention on the Flickr group discussion.