DEADLINE November 14th, 2018 23:59 EST
This exhibition's juror will privately critique up to 10 images.

Juror: Ralph Hassenpflug

the third bird © Ralph Hassenpflug

If you describe something as surreal, you mean that the elements in it are combined in a way you would not normally expect, as in a dream.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Submissions Close:14 November 18 23:59 EST
Selections Announced:by 22 November 18
On-Line Check-in Due:23 November 18
Work Receipt Deadline:10 December 18
Exhibit Opens:13 December 18
Artists' Reception:5 January 19 16:00
Exhibit Closes:23 January 19
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The Darkroom Gallery Difference

 Anyone who’s taken a lot of photos has  undoubtedly created an image, either intentionally or by accident, which has an element or elements that don’t quite fit, that look out of place. This can be pleasing or disturbing, it can be  subtle, like something fleetingly glimpsed in the corner of the eye. Or it can be a jarring and distinct part of the composition –for example the paintings of Magritte or the photos of Man Ray.  

Your challenge for this exhibit is to find something in your photos that seems out of place.  It doesn’t have to be an in-your-face element; in fact, less obvious can be better, giving the viewer a double take experience or a mystery to contemplate. But both the subtle and the blatant will fit this theme, Surreal, quite well. Imagination is the key.

 Juror: Ralph Hassenpflug

Ralph is an internationally acclaimed photographer whose work has been shown in New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, Budapest, and Moscow, among many other locations.His work consists primarily of black and white images illustrating the themes of exile and of haunting landscapes in the USA and in Europe.

He’s well known as a tutor and teacher, working from his studio in Camden, ME. He’s begun a series of workshops, the first to be held in Paris in November, that emphasize the use of dream imagery, depth psychology, and personal vision in creative photography.

Further info and examples of his photo work can be found here:


  • All selected entries are exhibited in our gallery and included in a full color exhibit catalog;
  • Juror's Choice receives a 30x48" vinyl exhibit banner featuring their image, free entry into a future exhibition, a free exhibition catalog;
  • Honorable Mentions receive free exhibition catalogs and free entry in a future exhibition. 
  • People's Choice gains free entry into a future exhibit.
  • We offer free matting and framing of accepted entries for the duration of each of our exhibition, subject to standard sizes. Photographers set their own prices if they wish to sell their work and retain all rights to their photographs.


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