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Exhibits

EXHIBIT Closed on May 17th 2015

Join us for an artist talk and book signing with Ed Rubin during the reception at 6PM

Juror: David J. Carol

Juror's Choice: Untitled from "You Who Never Arrived" by Jennifer McClure from Astoria, NY USA

The whole of a person caught within a single frame; portraits can be reactive, didactic, contemplative and illusive. 

"Semblance" refers to the outward appearance something or in this case, someone. Portraits can be especially dynamic when certain characteristics of a person are highlighted, coaxed into the light and captured as prized specimens.

Juror David J. Carol states:

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:23 April 15
Artists' Reception:17 May 15 17:00
Exhibit Closes:17 May 15
Semblance
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

What makes a good portrait? I love August Sander, Irving Penn, Diane Arbus and many other "classic" portrait photographers. But for me a photograph of a "thing" posing in front of camera is not the only definition of a portrait. Like with all good photographs a good portrait has to first be interesting and have an opinion. By this I mean as soon as you see the picture you must be compelled to look at it for more than a moment and in some way become involved with with the image. Once the photo has your attention and I think this applies to all photography, it needs to also be either informative, mysterious, humorous, ironic, beautiful, disturbing, unusual or any combination of qualities that tells the viewer something about the photographer and/or the subject. I don't care if its film, digital, Polaroid, tintype, 4x5, 8x10, a cell phone or anything else, if it meets these requirements I'm in. I just love a good picture!

Darkroom Gallery is calling for photographs that explore the portraiture genre. The semblance of a person can be but a whisper of true personality or a roar of honest, glowering character. We can’t wait to fill our gallery walls with a newly visioned works - portrait as character and caricature. 

Juror's Statement:

I was presented with the task of selecting a finite number of photographic portraits for a show in a gallery. Does that mean select the best photos? Does it mean to select a group of photos that make a cohesive show? Does it mean I should be cognoscente that there is an equal distribution of B&W, Color, Men, Women and Children? Does it mean I should be sure to include interiors, exteriors, daytime and nighttime images? The answer for me is yes and no.

Here's what I did. I selected what I felt were the most unique, compelling, curious, interesting, fun and/or any other attribute that made the photo stand out from the rest. This first set of images was approximately twice the size of where we needed to be for the show. Now the hard part. Break these photos down into a group that A) made sense together and B) stood on their own individually. In the end I had to remove images that were very good but didn't make sense to me for the flow of the show. Its always tough to cut a good image, but that's the reality of putting photos on walls in rooms.
I hope you all enjoy my version of the "Semblance" show.

Cheers,
David


Untitled from "You Who Never Arrived"
Juror's Choice

Jennifer McClure
Astoria, NY USA
Stand Up Straight - as triptych
Honorable Mention

Dana West
Chicago, IL USA
Peyton
Honorable Mention

Jaclyn Cori Norman
Savannah, Georgia USA

Cloud Nine. California series
Honorable Mention

Sandra Chen Weinstein
Lake Forest, CA USA
Incantation
People's Choice

Geoffrey Agrons
Philadelphia, PA USA
Untitled

Aksel Coruh
Hopkins, MN USA

Rick

Bill Harbin
Rome, Georgia USA
Avenue B

Bruce Berkow
New York, NY USA
Untitled

Cody Bratt
San Francisco, California USA

Untitled

Cody Bratt
San Francisco, California USA
Man Staring at a Puddle

Darren Baldwin
Peacehaven, East Sussex Uk
Ralph

Daryl Burtnett
montpelier, VT USA

coffee in bed

Daryl Burtnett
montpelier, VT USA
Turkey Man

Dave Levingston
Springfield, Ohio USA
Rachel

Dave Levingston
Springfield, Ohio USA

Portrait Within

Denise Trotier Johnson
Williston, VT USA
Lawrence W. Hamel, Hardwick, Vermont

Edward L. Rubin
Los Angeles, CA USA
the cocoon.

Elaine Suzanne Miller
Chicago, Illinois USA

No. 17, Radiator conversations soaked in yellow lamplight

Forrest Wasko
Minneapolis, MN USA
Closed Eyes

Giovanni Savino
New York, NY USA
untitled

Hellen Gaudence
Tucson, Arizona USA

chapter two: cameron

Jaclyn Cori Norman
Savannah, Georgia USA
Untitled

James Graves
Plant City, Florida USA
THE MOURNER

JAVIER VILLAR MORALES
ZARAGOZA, Not Required Spain

Lancaster, PA, August 2012

Jeniva Quinones
New York, New York USA
The Mitchell Project, December 2011

Jeniva Quinones
New York, New York USA
Untitled from "You Who Never Arrived"

Jennifer McClure
Astoria, NY USA

Untitled from "You Who Never Arrived"

Jennifer McClure
Astoria, NY USA
Emotive Untitled # 1

Jill Shepherd
Kent, OH USA
DayDreamer

Joan Brook
Austin, Texas USA

Sandbox

Joanne Rojcewicz
Sterling, VA USA
Captiva

Joanne Rojcewicz
Sterling, VA USA
Air and Space Museum

Joanne Rojcewicz
Sterling, VA USA

The instrument repairman

John Padour
Oak Park, IL USA
Sisters II

Kathryn Oliver
ROCKPORT, MAINE USA
Sisters

Kathryn Oliver
ROCKPORT, MAINE USA

Toy Soldier 2

Leif Carlson
Savannah, GA USA
Mickey in Tub, Scranton, PA

Len Speier
New York, NY USA
My real Mom and Dad, at Lake Oscawana, NY

Len Speier
New York, NY USA

Missed the bus, again

Marc Lavergne
Gatineau, Quebec Canada
Charles Ashana, Pflugerville, Texas 2015

Matthew Defeo
Austin, Texas USA
pondering?

Michael Sullivan
Madison, WI USA

Girl on a bicycle

Nataly Rader
Los Angeles, CA USA
Man In The Tiger Shirt

Nima Taradji
Chicago, Illinois USA
At The Museum of the Art Istitute of Chicago

Nima Taradji
Chicago, Illinois USA

On State Street

Nima Taradji
Chicago, Illinois USA
Brady Street #27

Paul Matzner
Shorewood, WI USA
Michigan Avenue #57

Paul Matzner
Shorewood, WI USA

Amanda

Pippi Ellison
Cambridge, MA USA
Magdalena

Ralph Hassenpflug
Camden, ME USA
Alex in the garden

Rebecca Moseman
Purcellville, VA USA

Ben in the snow

Rebecca Moseman
Purcellville, VA USA
Portrait of Earl

Robert Moran
Bar Harbor, ME USA
Shelean. San Francisco

Sandra Chen Weinstein
Lake Forest, CA USA

Untitled

Sara Fields
Austin, TX USA
Uncle David, 2012

Todd Danforth
Watertown, Massachusetts USA
Postcards, Newberry, South Carolina

Tracy Fish
Durham, NC USA

Waiting, McCammon, Idaho

Tracy Fish
Durham, NC USA
Portrait of anonymous orthodox pilgrim in Poland

Velar Grant
London, UK
Venice, Italy 2014

Virgil DiBiase
Valparaiso, IN United States

Miami, 2012

Virgil DiBiase
Valparaiso, IN United States

  •  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 a signed first edition of Edward L. Rubin's book Vermont: An Outsider's Inside View.

  • 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: David J. Carol

 

David J. Carol is a photographer. He attended the School of Visual Arts and The New School for Social Research where he studied under Lisette Model. He was the first assignment photographer for The Image Bank photo agency (now part of Getty Images) at the age of 26. He currently works daily in the real world of commercial photography as the Director of Photography at Outfront Media (formerly CBS Outdoor). Yet he also loves giving other photographers a platform to share and discuss their work with the photographic community. He is able to do this as a contributing writer and contest judge for Rangefinder Magazine and PDN. He also serves on the Board of Advisers for the Center for Alternative Photography.

 David is the author of three monographs, 40 Miles of Bad Road..., ALL MY LIES ARE TRUE... and "THIS IS WHY WE CAN'T HAVE NICE THINGS!". He recently completed a trilogy of books, "Where's the Monkey?", "Here's the Deal!" and "All My Pictures Look the Same." with Cafe Royal Books, London.

 

EXHIBIT Closed on June 16th 2015

Juror: Chris Kovacs 

Juror's Choice: "Superhero in Training" Shannon Wilkinson from Las Vegas, NV USA

Black & white photography is a timeless art; always relevant, always contemporary despite being historically ancient. 

Photographer Robert Frank states,

Black and white are the colors of photography. To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected.

Darkroom Gallery is calling for works that excel within these monochromatic constraints. The absence of color adds a sort of purity to images, shows the bones of a composition without the chaff.  
Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:21 May 15
Artists' Reception:12 June 15 17:30
Exhibit Closes:16 June 15
Black & White
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

It allows for the photographer top get creative within a variance of grays, whites, blacks and sepias - abstraction is bred within restraint.  
 
Whether you are a darkroom purist or a Photoshop guru, show us your love for hue-less images.  We want to see your best black and white or alternative process photographs. Pay tribute to the origins of photography. 
 

Juror's Statement:

I wish to thank everyone who entered the “Black and White” competition. I am honoured to have been asked to Juror this event. It was both a joy and a challenge to judge the submissions as there were a number of amazing images which made it very difficult to narrow down the finalists. Every juror has their own unique eye when it comes to viewing submissions. I personally try to keep it simple. I look for the usual things such as lighting, composition, form, curves, lines, technical excellence, etc… However, the most important thing for me is my first impression of the image. How does the image make me feel? Does it convey some kind of emotion or story? These are the same criteria I follow when selecting images from submissions to publish in Adore Noir magazine.
 
Juror’s Choice: Superhero In Training by: Shannon Wilkinson
The image is remarkable, it clearly evokes a sense of excitement, joy and nostalgia. I was able to connect with the subject immediately, which was largely due to the composition, there was nothing in the image that did not need to be there to get the story across. The mid air shot, the smile on his face, his Flash boots and Captain America shirt are all perfect details that compliment the overall feel of the image. Great work!
 
Honorable Mentions
1. Corporate Landscape at Night by: Daniel Farnum
2. High Bar by: Denis Sivack
3. The Dark and the Light, Iceland by: Thomas Pickarski
 
Again, all of the submissions were excellent! And I wish everyone nothing but the best in their future endeavours. Congratulations to all of the finalists. 
 
Best wishes,
 
Chris Kovacs , 
Adore Noir Magazine


Superhero in Training
Juror's Choice

Shannon Wilkinson
Saratoga Springs, UT USA
Corporate Landscape at Night
Honorable Mention

Daniel Farnum
Tulsa, Oklahoma USA
High Bar
Honorable Mention

Denis Sivack
Brooklyn, New York USA

The Dark and the Light, Iceland
Honorable Mention

Thomas Pickarski
New York, New York USA
Saratoga
People's Choice

Gary Tobler
Colchester, VT USA
Echos of My Past No. 1

Aleksandra Miesak
Bozeman, MT USA

Weekend

Amanda Marie Harner
Damascus, Maryland USA
Nebel

Anita Schiedeck
Nürnberg, Germany
Street Soccer, Madrid

Bruce Berkow
New York, NY USA

Sand Beach

Caroline Twohill
Miami, Fl USA
Dance with Me

Craig Stocks
Delavan, IL USA
Growing Up with Dinosaurs

Dana West
Chicago, IL USA

Bent

David Martin
Clearwater, Idaho USA
Face Book

Denis Sivack
Brooklyn, New York USA
Man Holding Bottle

Dominic Lippillo
Starkville, MS USA

Woman Holding Child

Dominic Lippillo
Starkville, MS USA
Man Wearing Bow Tie

Dominic Lippillo
Starkville, MS USA
Iris

Don Rice
Carbondale, Illinois USA

Rose

Don Rice
Carbondale, Illinois USA
Otherworld

George Anderson
Montpelier, VT USA
Compressed

Greg Bennett
Hampden, ME USA

The Light Between

Ira Weinschel
Austin, TX USA
Beach Selfie

Joan Brook
Austin, Texas USA
Big Chief Diesel

John Flynn
White River Junction, VT USA

The Man Who Drowned by a Ripple

Joshua Dancause
Corpus Christi, Texas USA
Hands on a Viola

Law Hamilton
Rockport, MA USA
Dhaka Trenches

Liza Semler
Waterbury, VT USA

LAX

Mark Indig
Valley Village, CA USA
Rodeo Cowboy

Mark Peterson
Roanoke, Texas USA
Goats and Bamboo Leaves

Melina McGrew
Brooklyn, NY USA

Skyrian Village Breeze

Melina McGrew
Brooklyn, NY USA
Twirling Tizzy

Melina McGrew
Brooklyn, NY USA
Visions of Sugarplums Danced in her Head

Melina McGrew
Brooklyn, NY USA

Where Have All the Children Gone?

Melina McGrew
Brooklyn, NY USA
No Escape

Michel Godts
Rochester, New York USA
Hats

Miriam Mayer
South Burlington, VT USA

Timeless

Natasha Rudenko
Moscow, Russia
Dark Waves

Pete McCutchen
Alexandria, VA USA
Henry County Illinois, December, #6

Pete McCutchen
Alexandria, VA USA

Beauty is...

Rob DePaolo
Newburyport, MA USA
Being Not Being

Rob DePaolo
Newburyport, MA USA
Herald

Rob DePaolo
Newburyport, MA USA

Numb

Rob DePaolo
Newburyport, MA USA
As if In a Dream

Shannon Wilkinson
Saratoga Springs, UT USA
a winter's tale I

Spitznagel Carmen
Sandberg-Waldberg, Germany

a winter's tale II

Spitznagel Carmen
Sandberg-Waldberg, Germany
a winter's tale III

Spitznagel Carmen
Sandberg-Waldberg, Germany
a winter's tale IV

Spitznagel Carmen
Sandberg-Waldberg, Germany

the sea

Spitznagel Carmen
Sandberg-Waldberg, Germany
NEBELLEBEN

Spitznagel Carmen
Sandberg-Waldberg, Germany
winter aquarelle

Spitznagel Carmen
Sandberg-Waldberg, Germany

Mandala in Black & White 1

William Horton
Boulder, CO USA
Mandala in Black & White 2

William Horton
Boulder, CO USA
Mandala in Black & White 3

William Horton
Boulder, CO USA

Mandala in Black & White 4

William Horton
Boulder, CO USA

  • 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, and 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: Chris Kovacs 

 

Chris Kovacs is an award winning photographer best known for his black-and-white fine art photography.

Chris combines his love of science with his photography and the results are multiple exposure images of a dreamlike quality.  The possibility of multiple universes (see Multiverse) is something that inspired Chris to create this latest series of images.

Magazines worldwide have published Chris’ works, one of the most notable being the 2011 portfolio issue of B&W magazine (issue no. 84) in which he earned an excellence award.

Chris is also the editor and publisher of a popular digital magazine, Adore Noir, which celebrates black and white photography.

Chris resides with his wife and two sons in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

 

 

EXHIBIT Closed on November 6th 2016

Juror: Russell Joslin

 
Juror's Choice: Notes from Underground
Ralph Hassenpflug
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
Haunted
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

A fascination with things that "aren't there" except on film goes back to nearly the beginning of photography.  Think of the spirit photography and the depiction of "fairies" in the Victorian era; yes, they were cleverly (and sometimes not cleverly) faked but they nonetheless are capable of arousing a certain creepy feeling.
 
For this exhibition we're challenging you to send us your interpretations of what it is that you find to be haunting.  The creepy and Gothic is welcome, but your submission doesn't have to be ghostly or the somber; we can just as easily be haunted by happy events, things we just can't forget, like the melody of a favorite song we can't get out of our heads. For this exhibit you can let your imagination take over.

Juror's Statement:

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
Juror's Choice

Ralph Hassenpflug
Camden, ME USA
Untitled
Honorable Mention

Rashed Haq
Houston, TX USA
Guardian of the Coup
People's Choice

katy tuttle
Issaquah, Washington USA

House of Voodoo

Alan W Black
Glasgow, UK
Abandoned Croft, Scotland

Alan W Black
Glasgow, UK
Untitled (Transference #2)

Ally Christmas
Athens, GA USA

Misthaven #7

Amy Kanka Valadarsky
Santa Monica, CA USA
Misthaven #32

Amy Kanka Valadarsky
Santa Monica, CA USA
Entry

Angee Manns
Columbia, MO USA

Riverside Park October Night 1

Barbara Ehlers
New York, New York United States
Through Trial and Tribulation

Candi S. Kalinsky
Omaha, Nebraska USA
Inside Out, Disarranged

Candi S. Kalinsky
Omaha, Nebraska USA

Cercopithecus Ascanius

Catherine Marcogliese
SIX FOURS LES PLAGES, FRANCE France
The edge of tomorrow

christian spencer
croydon, vic Australia
Naraka - Buddhist Hell #07

Claude Peschel Dutombe
Bangkok, Thailand

Naraka - Buddhist Hell #14

Claude Peschel Dutombe
Bangkok, Thailand
Impressions

Conrad Pressma
Louisville, KY USA
It was the last time..

Dawn Watson
Hastings on Hudson, NY USA

In the Beginning

Diane Fenster
Pacifica, California (CA) USA
Untitled from the series "How I feel these days"

Dimo Dimov
Sofia, Bulgaria
Cotton Hollow

Eric Rennie
Cromwell, CT USA

After the Party

Ibai Rigby
Austin, Texas USA
After the Party

Ibai Rigby
Austin, Texas USA
Emily

Jeannie Hutchins
Camden, Maine USA

Almost (self portrait)

Jen Juranek
Austin, TX United States
Orleans Haunting_I (now that i have lost you)

Jenny Papalexandris
Kiama Heights, NSW Australia
Orleans Haunting_III (now that i have lost you)

Jenny Papalexandris
Kiama Heights, NSW Australia

Final Exam

Jim Kohatsu
Long Beach, CA USA
Noir Street

Jim Kohatsu
Long Beach, CA USA
Stare

Jocelyn Young
Placentia, CA USA

Stolen

Julie Hamel
Loudon, NH USA
Window Guest

Kathleen Sandklev
Holmdel, NJ USA
dream-house

Keith Livers
Austin, TX USA

Manifestation of Spirit Mound

Leah Schretenthaler
Lafayette, Indiana United States
Wanigiyata

Leah Schretenthaler
Lafayette, Indiana United States
The Bride

Lisa Sieczka
Ann Arbor, Michigan USA

Faces in the Window

Marty Cohen
Carmel, CA USA
Temptation

Merethe Wessel-Berg
Oslo, Norway
Untitled

Merethe Wessel-Berg
Oslo, Norway

Empty Arms

Mildred Alpern
New York, New York USA
Headless Jen

Mireya Salinas
Copperas Cove, Texas USA
ghostofyou

paula rae gibson
heidelburg, Germany

Ectoplasm

Rachel Orue
Niles, MI USA
Satori

Ralph Hassenpflug
Camden, ME USA
Untitled

Rashed Haq
Houston, TX USA

Twisted

Shannon Wilkinson
Saratoga Springs, UT USA
Forgotten Roots

Stephen Milne
Alliston, Ontario Canada
BardoUntitlred #3

stuart zalka
brooklyn, NY USA

The Last Wave By No.21

Susan Keiser
Ossining, NY USA
Strange Figures

Suzan Mandla
Ottawa, Ontario Canada
Day Dreams

Tim Schroll
Carol Stream, Illinois USA
 
  • 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.

EXHIBIT Closed on October 9th 2016

Juror: Shana Nys Dambrot

 

Jurors Choice: In Absentia
©Mark Melnick
Palm Desert, CA USA

 

"A photographic portrait is a picture of someone who knows he (she) is being photographed, and what he (she) does with this knowledge is as much a part of the photograph as what he (she) is wearing or how he (she) looks."  -Richard Avedon, paraphrased.

 

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:15 September 16
Artists' Reception:30 September 16 17:30
Exhibit Closes:9 October 16
The Environmental Portrait
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

While by definition the subject of a portrait is the most important element of the image, the surroundings in which the subject is presented can give more information about who she/he is as a whole person.  The inclusion of the environment, the gestalt  - the entirety of the picture - can fill out and round out the personality of the person being portrayed.  Including in the photo the person's natural surroundings, the place he or she lives, works, plays, or just enjoys spending time can illuminate character, as can the inclusion of tools, creations, and objects that have meaning to the subject can present a deeper understanding of the subject.  People are generally more comfortable in their own environment than in a structured studio setting, as well, so the opportunity for the "real person" to be seen is increased. Such portraits are often referred to as "environmental portraits".  Though it's not hard-and- fast rule or requirement, often the background in an environmental portrait is in focus, whereas in formal portraiture the subject is usually isolated by blurring the background, or choosing a backdrop with no information. Creativity is encouraged! 

For this exhibition we're inviting you to submit images that get to the essence of your portrait subjects, providing a look, perhaps an intimate glimpse, into their lives and personalities.  Your subjects will be posed, of course, but can you present them as if they're truly inhabiting their surroundings?

 

Juror's Statement:

I almost never photograph people. I’m drawn to architectural elements, depopulated vistas and street views and especially to abstract details and scenic etant-donnes. Portraiture is another matter altogether -- and environmental portraiture even more so. With elements of street photography, social and anthropological documentary, and biographical narrative, the challenge in choosing from an impressively diverse and talented pool came down in many cases to interpreting the terms -- seeking to include images which portrayed more than a subject’s happenstance, but the affirmative choice to be and be seen in those settings. I looked for signs of the subject embracing and orchestrating their environments, for elements radiating a sense of their owner/occupant’s inner life through deliberate external expressions. Besides imparting intimacy in content, these images must also be affecting, thoughtful, emotional, and artfully made compositions across a range of styles and voices, presenting a cross-section of humanity as it wishes to be seen.

- Shana Nys Dambrot 

 

In Absentia
Juror's Choice

Mark Melnick
Palm Desert, CA USA
Cpl. Mac McWilliams, USMC
Honorable Mention

D. Clarke Evans
San Antonio, TX USA
Mary C. Fernandez, Fernandez Hardware
Honorable Mention

Edward L. Rubin
Los Angeles, CA USA

Dave Sipe Woodcarver
Honorable Mention

Nick Roberts
Louisville, KY USA
La Cocinera
People's Choice

Nancy B. Weber
Burlington, VT USA
Woodstock is back

Amir Lavon
Afula, Israel Israel

echoing back

Barbara Redondo
Coral Gables, FL USA
Kasey

Ben Davis
Rochester, NY USA
A Grilling

CAROL BECK
New York, NY United States

The Stillness The Dancing

Charles A. Thomas
Arlington, Virginia USA
Janet, Buster and Roo

Cynthia August
Ipswich, MA USA
1st Lt. Josephine Reaves, Army Nurse Corp

D. Clarke Evans
San Antonio, TX USA

Olof

Dascha Esselius
Stockholm, Sweden
JoJo Suicide

Dave Levingston
Springfield, Ohio USA
Jo

Dave Levingston
Springfield, Ohio USA

Psychic

David Whitney
Andover, MASSACHUSETTS USA
Hotel

David Whitney
Andover, MASSACHUSETTS USA
Mothers Coffee

durga Garcia
Williston, SC USA

Alana Webb, Hardwick Boxing Club

Edward L. Rubin
Los Angeles, CA USA
Peter and Elka Schumann

Edward L. Rubin
Los Angeles, CA USA
The Tailor

Eileen Scullin
Bedford, NH USA

self portrait

farzane ghadyanloo
tehran, tehran iran
Floyd - Vermont Hill Farmer

Gerry Davis
Williston, VT USA
Sponge Diver Family - Mangrove Cay Bahamas

Gerry Davis
Williston, VT USA

Harry G - violin bow maker

Greg Brand
Underhill, VT USA
The girl in floral print clothes

Iringo Simon
Miercurea Ciuc, Harghita Romania
Endangered Alphabets

Jared Katz
Richmond, VT USA

The Playwriter

Joni Kabana
Portland, OR USA
Ethiopian Joy

Joni Kabana
Portland, OR USA
Concierge. Hong Kong. China.

Katya Rosenzweig
Centerville, MA USA

Afternoon Drinker, Hanoi

Kip Harris
Indian Harbour, Nova Scotia Canada
Multi Tasking

Liza Hennessey Botkin
Studio City, CA USA
Robin and Rose from The Modern Day Diana Series

Margaret LeJeune
Peoria, IL USA

Cindy from The Modern Day Diana Series

Margaret LeJeune
Peoria, IL USA
Manny

Marian Rubin
Montclair, NJ USA
Sam in Her Room

Mark Kinnaman
Columbia, MO USA

Midway John

Mark Kinnaman
Columbia, MO USA
In Celebration

Mark Melnick
Palm Desert, CA USA
Proud

Marta Manning
Midland, MI USA

Posing Practice

Matthew Defeo
Austin, Texas USA
Sigurdur

Maylee Noah
Sandy, UT USA
Birgir

Maylee Noah
Sandy, UT USA

Julia swimming

Melanie Metz
Davie, FL United States
Mister G Takes a Moment

Michael Sullivan
Madison, WI USA
Fashionista

Mildred Alpern
New York, New York USA

Where's Waldo?

Nancy B. Weber
Burlington, VT USA
Family I - Kaunas, Lithuania

Nicole Henning
Zurich, Zurich Switzerland
Family II - Kaunas, Lithuania

Nicole Henning
Zurich, Zurich Switzerland

DOORMAN TRUMP TOWER NYC

paul greenberg
dallas, TX USA
RABBI KLEIN TEMPLE EMANU-EL DALLAS

paul greenberg
dallas, TX USA
Reading Room

Peggy Reynolds
Essex Jct., VT USA

Fredericksburg, Texas - 2015

Richard Greene
Los Angeles, CA USA
Angela

Sandra Chen Weinstein
Lake Forest, CA USA
Dave

Stephanie Luke
Cottonwood, CA USA

The Good Life

Stephanie Luke
Cottonwood, CA USA
Mother - 2016

TBowphoto.com
Houston, Texas USA
  • 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, and 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: Shana Nys Dambrot

 

Shana Nys Dambrot is an art critic, curator, and author based in Los Angeles. She is currently LA Editor for Whitehot Magazine, Contributing Editor for Art Ltd., and a contributor to Flaunt, the Huffington Post, The Creators Project/VICE, Fabrik Magazine, Palm Springs Life, Vs. Magazine, Porter & Sail, and KCET’s Emmy-winning Artbound series. Formerly Managing Editor at Flavorpill.com, previous publications have included the LA Weekly, Modern Painters, Art Review, Artweek, ARTnews, Desert Magazine, Montage Magazine, Bespoke, The Believer, tema celeste, Angeleno, Art Asia Pacific, Bluecanvas, Scene, Coagula, THE Magazine LA, and Juxtapoz. She studied Art History at Vassar College, has written hundreds of essays for art books and exhibition catalogs, curates one or two exhibitions each year, publishes short fiction, and speaks in public at galleries, schools, and cultural institutions nationally. An account of her activities is sometimes updated at sndx.net.

Dambrot sometimes exhibits her personal photography practice, and as an artist she is drawn to elements of the natural and built environments encountered as étant donnés which are free to be enjoyed rather than analyzed, appreciated for synchronicity rather than evaluated for intentionality -- as a respite from her job as an interpreter and a way of soothing, sharpening, and purifying the quality of her attention. There is no need to ask a tree or a crack in the pavement to explain its meaning. 

 

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