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EXHIBIT Closed on November 25th 2010

Juror: Jason Robinson

Juror's Choice: "Demure" by Rhye Tempest
of San Francisco, CA, USA

As part of our community outreach, Vermont Photo Space is hosting a Vermont High School Student only juried photography exhibit. We organized this effort with the help of Essex High School Photography teacher This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:1 November 10
Artists' Reception:5 November 10 17:30
Exhibit Closes:25 November 10
Within The Frame: Vermont High School Students Only
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

As photographers we select a slice of our world through our camera’s viewfinder.  Where we place the borders of this rectangle has power. We can entice our viewers with a fleeting moment or draw the viewer into a dynamic composition of lines, shapes, repetition, and tones.  Our photographs might evoke a strong mood or make a persuasive social statement. We can open eyes to seeing our everyday world in a new way. What power do your photographs hold?

Juror's Statement:

Images are what I do.  I see them, I create them and I help countless others realize their own. Imaging pays my bills and feeds my children.  I take imaging and artistic photography very seriously. So when I was asked to be a juror for this exhibition I was honored and stressed about judging not only images, but images of people just beginning the process of not only photography, but life.

There were two ways for me to approach judging these images, the way I know how, blunt and disconnected from the artist or empathetic and nurturing of young people’s perspective.  I initially used the methods that I had learned through many years of having my own work critiqued.  That is to be brutal and nitpick every out of place pixel and de-focused subject within the frame.  I did judge the entries three different times before allowing my blinders to widen a bit.  Eventually, along with my ridged critique guidelines I did allow my selections to be tinted with a new value, the quality of youth - this young artistic vocabulary is a blend of excitement, novelty and optimism.

My selections were not taken lightly. I expected every image that was entered to respect the rules of photography and art.  I wanted each image to have substance and to be enjoyable to look at.   I not only looked for overall composition, but use of the entire working space.  I wanted blank space to have a purpose within the image.  I looked for and put high merit in multiple compositions within the singular showing.  If the space around a subject is vacant because of poor cropping and not to strengthen the image, I discarded the image.  I also put high value on basic photographic skills.  I checked the focus of the image and had to make the distinction between selective focus and just being out of focus.  If there was use of shadows, I looked for details within those shadows or the intentional lack of detail creating a silhouette.  Lastly, I looked for the emotional connection. How does this image make me feel?  Is the photographer allowing me a sincere look into the artist’s life or are the photographs just an exercise in sentimentality?  Obviously the main goal of selection is to reward the strongest images according to me. I feel I have done this and I wish all of the students the best of luck and continued success in photography.


Demure
Juror's Choice
SOLD

Rhye Tempest
San Francisco, CA USA
Walk a Mile in my Shoes...
People's Choice
SOLD

Rhye Tempest
San Francisco, CA USA
Silhouette Girl

Addy Stricker
Jericho, VT USA

Blue

Alissa Yandow
Essex Jct., VT USA
Inquisitive.

Alyssa Marko
Shelburne, VT USA
Self Portrait

Anna Compere
Waitsfield, VT USA

Night Bloom

Annavitte Rand
Richmond, VT USA
Karin

Annavitte Rand
Richmond, VT USA
Silent

Annavitte Rand
Richmond, VT USA

night collage

Carly T
Moretown, VT USA
Rolling Dice

Caroline Edholm
Charlotte, VT USA
Untitled

Caroline Edholm
Charlotte, VT USA

Burlington Waterfront

Christian Goulette
Williston, VT USA
Three Mikes

Christian Goulette
Williston, VT USA
Seth Frey - Work & Play

Colin Cardinal
Essex Jct., VT USA

Captured Shadow

Dakota Deady
Underhill, VT USA
Trampoline Jump

Daniel Schechner
Shelburne, VT USA
Grain of Salt

Devon Preston
Jericho, VT USA

Plow

Dylan
South Burlington, VT USA
Spoked

Elainey Fitzpatrick
Essex Jct., VT USA
Kitchen 2010

Emma Hartswick
Jericho, VT USA

Tower

Haley Kessler
Jericho, VT USA
Looking Back

Helen Cox
Huntington, VT USA
Blue and Green

Helen Cox
Huntington, VT USA

scissor land

James Bayne
St. Albans, VT USA
Waiting.

Katie Gardner
South Hero, VT USA
Lamp Post

Katie Mckenny
south burlington, VT USA

Sock 'em

Kira Sevy
Jericho, VT USA
Xylophone

Kira Sevy
Jericho, VT USA
Strangers

Lindsey Flanders
Westford, VT USA

Waiting

Lindsey Flanders
Westford, VT USA
Wyatt
SOLD

Linnae O'Neil
Essex Jct., VT USA
old friends

Madison Carrig
Essex Jct., VT USA

Burlington, Vermont
SOLD

Maura Willey
Essex Jct., VT USA
Chained

Meaghan Hughes
Jericho, VT USA
A Gathering of Chickens

Meaghan Hughes
Jericho, VT USA

Missing: Key to the World

Meghan Cleary
South Burlington, VT USA
Contented Outlook

Paige Dunbar
Essex Jct., VT USA
Tender Toes of Point

Rhye Tempest
San Francisco, CA USA

Sister and Cousin

Shyla Walters
Essex Jct., VT USA
Loner

Stephanie Chang
South Burlington, VT USA
Observing a Person Observe People

Stephanie Chang
South Burlington, VT USA

steps to Sterling Pond

Sylvia E
Jericho, VT USA
My Brother

Taylor Reynolds
Essex Jct., VT USA
Old Bridge In Bath Maine

Taylor Ward
Essex Jct., VT USA

Skatepark

Tim Averill
Williston, VT USA
Lonely Bike

Tyler Santor
Colchester, VT USA
Candid Kiss

Tyler Santor
Colchester, VT USA

Landscape Reflection

Victoria Mousley
Jericho, VT USA
Lake Side View

Viktoriya Keshchyan
Burlington, VT USA

Juror: Jason Robinson

Jason Robinson is a photographer, graphic designer, and digital workshop instructor. He has been immersed in the photo industry for over eleven years. He regularly exhibits photography throughout Vermont and New York. Trained initially as a darkroom printer, Jason’s work presently embraces both traditional and digital technology. His work includes documentary and portrait photography. Although the majority of his images are still captured on film, the editing and printing is now done in a digital lab. Jason is the owner and manager of DESIGNHAUS art space and gallery as well as LeZot Camera in Burlington, Vermont. He is also an adviser to New England and upstate New York photographic educators.

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