Juror: Russell Joslin
Juror's Choice: Notes from Underground
Camden, ME USA
What is it that haunts you?
We all have things that seem to follow us around… memories, artifacts from the past, our successes and failures, objects and relics with special meaning, fleeting glimpses from the corner of an eye. And for us photographers there are the unexplained flashes of light, streaks, and ghostly figures that sometimes appear in our images that sometimes defy logical explanation.
|Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)|
|Exhibit Opens:||13 October 16|
|Artists' Reception:||28 October 16 17:30|
|Exhibit Closes:||6 November 16|
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto
As someone who leans toward skepticism when it involves matters of the supernatural, I often consider that which is “haunted” as being the interior traces of my memories of people, places, and/or experiences that I haven’t let go of. In other words, for me a “haunting” is interior, psychological, and personal, not exterior (as in ghosts or spirits of unknown others that inhabit an old hotel or house). As Stephen King says, “Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.” Whatever one believes, it can be said that such matters traditionally makes fertile ground for storytelling. In terms of photography—a medium that is largely dependent upon reality—such concepts are often expressed or symbolically utilized by a variety of effects (motion, blur, manipulation of light, etc.) in an attempt to visually express the suggested or non-visible. For this exhibition, I viewed a compelling variety of interpretations and approaches to the theme Haunted to arrive at the selection you see here. In the end, I hope that viewers will not only consider the photographs before them, but what haunts them personally as well.
Russell Joslin, September 13, 2016
|Notes from Underground|
|Guardian of the Coup|
|House of Voodoo|
|Abandoned Croft, Scotland|
|Untitled (Transference #2)|
|Riverside Park October Night 1|
|Through Trial and Tribulation|
|Inside Out, Disarranged|
|The edge of tomorrow|
|Naraka - Buddhist Hell #07|
|Naraka - Buddhist Hell #14|
|It was the last time..|
|In the Beginning|
|Untitled from the series "How I feel these days"|
|After the Party|
|After the Party|
|Almost (self portrait)|
|Orleans Haunting_I (now that i have lost you)|
|Orleans Haunting_III (now that i have lost you)|
|Manifestation of Spirit Mound|
|Faces in the Window|
|The Last Wave By No.21|
- 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 and will also receive a signed copy of juror Russell Joslin's book BLACK FOREST: Four Visible Poems (http://www.russelljoslin.com/blackforest.html)..
- 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.
Juror: Russell Joslin
About his work: It is commonly believed that the primary function of dreams is to psychologically balance and compensate for matters left unsettled during our waking hours. In the dream world, the censors of our mind dissipate and the material in our heads becomes fluid and nonlinear—our past memories, fears and desires all surface symbolically, revealing to us a deeper understanding of ourselves. Metaphorically, this is how I have come to understand my photographic work. I see my photographs as visual manifestations of my subconscious mind—images that bypass intellectualization to reveal authentic feeling.
Bio: Russell Joslin has worked primarily in photography beginning in the early 90s. His work has been internationally published and exhibited in numerous solo and group shows. In addition to being a photographer, he is the Editor & Publisher of SHOTS Magazine, an independent, reader-supported quarterly journal of fine art photography that reaches an international audience. His first book, Black Forest, is now available from Candela Books. He lives and works in Minneapolis, Minnesota.