Submissions to Chiaroscuro close in

EXHIBIT Closed on January 29th 2017

Juror: Susan Burnstine


Juror's Choice: Dutch Landscape 5
Saskia Boelsums
Nieuw-Schoonebeek, Drenthe Netherlands

A dream is but a shadow -Hamlet

In the early days of photography, the 1830's, photos were called by some "waking dreams". There seemed to be magic involved - some believed the camera to be capable of capturing the soul of the subject. 

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:5 January 17
Artists' Reception:14 January 17 15:00
Exhibit Closes:29 January 17
Dreams
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

When photography became more commonplace later in the century people came to regard photography as an accurate depiction of reality: "A photograph never lies." At the same time, fine art photographers were experimenting with the use of the camera to create images that clearly did not reflect "objective reality". Since then, depicting dream states whether by intent or by serendipitous accident in photographs has become something of a subgenre. And yet nearly all of us have made photos that have a mysterious dream-like quality.

In this exhibition, we're looking for photos that illustrate a waking connection to the world of dreams. Whether by literal representation or by abstract interpretation, we'd like to see how you choose to picture dream states, either sweet dreams or nightmares- or something that's both or neither.

Juror's Statement:

Perhaps the most elusive state of consciousness resides in the world of dreams. What we remember or interpret from this mysterious place within our minds is fascinatingly personal to
every individual. So to select only 51 images from the 694 images submitted proved to be quite a challenge. 

It was my great honor and pleasure to act as juror for a theme so close to my heart. I applaud every photographer that submitted work and congratulate the selected exhibitors.

-Susan Burnstine


Dutch Landscape 5
Juror's Choice

Saskia Boelsums
Nieuw-Schoonebeek, Drenthe Netherlands
Belechete Wall
Honorable Mention

Conrad Pressma
Louisville, KY USA
Lucid Dreaming
Honorable Mention

Peggy Reynolds
Essex Jct., VT USA

Fireworks and Fence
Honorable Mention

robin vincent
ann arbor, MI United States
Misshapen Consternation
People's Choice

Samantha Goss
Charleston, SC United States
A Door For Alice

Alexandria Donovan
Westport, Connecticut USA

Oz

Amanda Marie Harner
Damascus, Maryland USA
Kettering

Amelia Eskenazi
Indianapolis, IN USA
between hills

Arthur Kobin
Pacifica, California USA

Searching

Catherine Panebianco
Jamestown, NY USA
Spirit Doe

Catherine Panebianco
Jamestown, NY USA
Honeymoon On The Beach

Conrad Pressma
Louisville, KY USA

Televisions

Daniel McCullough
Milwaukee, WI USA
Lazy Day

David Aimone
Saratoga Springs, NY USA
Walk Into My Dreams

Doug Earle
San Antonio, TX USA

Untitled Gaze 1

Eunnym Cho
NEW YORK, NY USA
My father, the miner

fabien jakob
Geneve, Switzerland
Cold

Gabrielle Robinson
New York, New York USA

The Remarkable Stretching House

Joey Solomon
Forest Hills, New York USA
Ancient Doorway

Karen Janas
Lombard, IL USA
Vortextual Meditation

Karen Janas
Lombard, IL USA

The Captain

Karen Johnson
Armonk, NY USA
All Silver and Shadows of Things Not Seen

Karen Johnson
Armonk, NY USA
Witch Tree

Karen Johnson
Armonk, NY USA

Solitary

Kathrena Rivera
Mobile, Alabama United States
Places We Have Been

Kathryn Reichert
Fairbanks, Alaska USA
Tall Tales

Kathryn Reichert
Fairbanks, Alaska USA

20,000 Leagues of Solitude

Kristen Victoria Harner
Damascus, MD USA
The Red Dress, Passing Through

Ky Lewis
London, UK
Beneath Consciousness

Mallory Gottlieb
Tarzana, CA United States

Reverie

Mallory Gottlieb
Tarzana, CA United States
Walk on Through

Marc Pitler
Somerville, MA USA
Deep in a Dream

Maria Rebelo
Wilmette, Illinois USA

The Flood

Marta Manning
Midland, MI USA
Dusty Ghosts of Time

Melinda Green Harvey
Lubbock, TX USA
I dreamt I was an angel

Melinda Green Harvey
Lubbock, TX USA

Late Summer

Merethe Wessel-Berg
Oslo, Norway
Blind Torment

Peggy Reynolds
Essex Jct., VT USA
As I Went Out One Morning

Ralph Hassenpflug
Camden, ME USA

Time Passes Slowly

Ralph Hassenpflug
Camden, ME USA
Woman on the Beach

robin vincent
ann arbor, MI United States
Magic castle 08 yoon

Sangmin Yoon
Uijeongbu-si, Gyenggi-do South Korea

Dutch Landscape 2

Saskia Boelsums
Nieuw-Schoonebeek, Drenthe Netherlands
Into a Dream

Shweta Poddar
Gurgaon, Haryana India
Peril

Stephen Milne
Alliston, Ontario Canada

Cliffhanger

Susan Lirakis
CENTER SANDWICH, New Hampshire USA
Red Tree-Stairs

Trevor Poudrier
Savannah, Georgia USA
Void: Bresson Lurker

Trevor Poudrier
Savannah, Georgia USA

Of Myths and Memories 4

Valerie Cargo
Kincardine, ON Canada
Of Myths and Memories 5

Valerie Cargo
Kincardine, ON Canada
Caged

Yozy Garvey
Seoul, South Korea

  • 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.

Juror: Susan Burnstine

Susan Burnstine is an award winning fine art photographer originally from Chicago now based in Los Angeles. Susan is represented in galleries across the world, widely published throughout the globe, conducts workshops internationally and has also written for several photography magazines, including a monthly column for Black and White Photography Magazine (UK).

Burnstine is one of the few photographers today avidly pursuing alternative processes to create an idiosyncratic and deeply personal visual landscape. Initially, Burnstine sought to find a way to portray her dream-like visions entirely in-camera, rather than with post-processing digital manipulations. To achieve this, she has created twenty-one, handmade film cameras and lenses that are frequently unpredictable and technically challenging. The cameras are primarily made out of plastic, vintage camera parts, and random household objects, with single-element lenses molded from plastic and rubber. Learning to overcome their extensive optical limitations required Burnstine to rely on instinct and intuition—the same tools that are key when attempting to interpret dreams.

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