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Exhibits

EXHIBIT Closed on October 11th 2015

Juror:Lance Keimig

Atacama Hand Juror's Choice   Scott Martin San Antonio, Texas USA

Juror's Choice: Atacama Hand by Scott Martin San Antonio, Texas USA

Nighttime photography; delve into the darkest hours to uncover secrets and mysteries.

Photographers have long embraced the literary and artistic tradition of the night as theme and subject in their work. The romantic notions and sense of mystery associated with the night, and the transformation from the mundane world to the unknown provide ample material for photographers to explore through their work.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:17 September 15
Artists' Reception:2 October 15 17:30
Exhibit Closes:11 October 15
Nocturne
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

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Tim Baskerville, founder of the night photography organization The Nocturnes has said, "Surrealism, the mystery of place, solitude, and a heightened sense of the nature of things - night photography seems a worthy vehicle, a ritual to express these themes.” 

Juror, Lance Keimig states, " The night holds secrets- secrets that may engage our curiosity, shelter us, or frighten us. There are those who seek comfort in the night and those who recoil from it.  Brave was the anchestor who stepped outside of the fire circle for he might never return.  The interplay of light, shadow, and extremes of contrast heighten this uncertainty - and when the element of time is added in the form of long exposures, the Night Photograph is indeed a worthy vehicle to express these themes."

Darkroom Gallery is calling for nighttime imagery that conveys mystery, surrealism, isolation, loneliness, and time/timelessness.  

Juror's Statement:

It was a pleasure, but a real challenge to jury the Nocturne competition. Narrowing 630 images down to 55 was not easy, and trying to select a cohesive show based on the theme was even more of a challenge. I was looking for suggestive, rather than literal imagery that conveyed the themes of mystery, solitude, and surrealism. There were many more excellent images than the gallery could accommodate, and many excellent images that either did not fit the theme, or work with the show as it came together. For example, there was a great series of images with an owl and the moon, but they just didn’t work with the theme of Nocturne. Please know that if your work was not selected, that doesn’t mean that I didn’t think it was good, or that I didn’t like it. When entering a juried show, it is important to remember that the selections are just the opinion of a few people, or in this case, one person. I included work that I felt spoke to the theme. 

A good number of photographers submitted a series of related images, and I tried to find a balance between including multiple related images, and as many different photographers as I could.  Newer digital cameras that are capable of shooting at high ISOs have led to a proliferation of Milky Way and astro-landscape photography images, and I found many of those to be lacking in some way. A simple landscape with the Milky Way rising through the frame was not enough to make the cut. A few Milky Way images stood out, such as Lisa Ryan’s Milky Way at Eagle Lake. Scott Martin’s Atacama Hand image stood out immediately from all of the rest- it is technically strong, gorgeous, and exemplifies the themes of mystery, solitude, and surrealism.

-Lance 

 


Atacama Hand
Juror's Choice

Scott Martin
San Antonio, Texas USA
Lunar Eclipse and Aurora Borealis
People's Choice
Honorable Mention

Ed Leckert
Issaquah, WA USA
Milky Way, Eagle Lake
Honorable Mention
SOLD

Elizabeth "Lisa" Ryan
Marshfield, MA USA

Starry Night
Honorable Mention

Renee Lowery
Fairview, TN USA
Pr0n

Alan Murray
Boston, Massachusetts USA
Fenway Park - No Game

Alan Strassman
Weston, MA United states of america

Untitled

Analía Gutiérrez
San Francisco, California USA
Untitled IV

Analía Gutiérrez
San Francisco, California USA
Storm Clouds

Arpad Petrass
Capistrano Beach, CA USA

Night Tracks, Ropesville Texas

Ashton Thornhill
Lubbock, Texas USA
Plainview Parking Lot - Plainview, Texas

Ashton Thornhill
Lubbock, Texas USA
Cloud #9

Bob Avakian
Edgartown, MA USA

Night Club

Bob Avakian
Edgartown, MA USA
Beam Me Up

Brian Drourr
Burlington, VT USA
Epiphany: Lighten the Path #1

Doug Earle
San Antonio, TX USA

Fire and Wind

Elizabeth "Lisa" Ryan
Marshfield, MA USA
Two Boats

Eric Rennie
Cromwell, CT USA
The green troll

Evgeny Vasenev
Seattle, WA United States

Conjuror

Geoffrey Agrons
Philadelphia, PA USA
Five Footballs

Geoffrey Agrons
Philadelphia, PA USA
Blue Moon Junction

George Anderson
Montpelier, VT USA

Lauterbrunnen Fog

Gordon Saperia
Wellesley, MA USA
untitled #1

Haomin Wei
detroit, Michigan USA
Night Walk in Prague

Ira Weinschel
Austin, TX USA

Summer Solitude. Bean Rd, East Charlotte, VT

Jamie Proctor-Brassard
Hinesburg, VT USA
Moonless Self Portrait, Bodie Ghost Town, 2014

JEAN E KEAMY
westborough, ma USA
Fae Sleep

Jeff Knowles
Crownsville, MD USA

Done Loading

Jeff McCrum
Cranford, NJ USA
Flooding the Past

Jeff McCrum
Cranford, NJ USA
Ridgeline

Jeff McCrum
Cranford, NJ USA

Dinner and a movie?

John J Young
Washington DC, DC USA
Red Gold Blue

Jon Hyde and Kimberly Sultze
Colchester, VT USA
Kenduskeag Bridge Twilight

LeeAnne Mallonee
Bangor, ME USA

Insomnia 2

Li Shen
Thetford Center, Vermont USA
Watching Fires Burn

M Christine Watson
Richmond, Virginia USA
Route 20 Reflections

Mark Allen Dierker
Dubuque, Iowa USA

Self Portrait in Erice

Mark Coggins
Belmont, CA USA
Out of the Shadow

Mary Ciullo
Glen Head, NY USA
Overnight Delivery

Mary Ciullo
Glen Head, NY USA

Incoming Storm

Maureen Begin
Rockland, MA USA
Cape Cod Railroad Bridge

Maureen Begin
Rockland, MA USA
Quiet Night on Newbury Street

Myron Freeman
Cambridge, MA USA

Untitled

Nora Vrublevska
Riga, Latvia
Snow Mounds

Patrick J. Cicalo
North Salem, NY United States
Going Into the Light

Peggy Reynolds
Essex Jct., VT USA

Dreamless Sleep

Peggy Reynolds
Essex Jct., VT USA
Potomac

Pete McCutchen
Alexandria, VA USA
Midnight

Renee Lowery
Fairview, TN USA

Cobblestones in Fog

Rick Branscomb
Londonderry, New Hampshire United States
After the Party

Sally Chapman
Medford, MA USA
Atacama Dream

Scott Martin
San Antonio, Texas USA

DRAFTY WINDOW

SHEHAB HOSSAIN
SEATTLE, WA USA
Night Tracks

Stephen Skidmore
Brookline, MA USA
Shuttered

Susanne Hupfer
Lexington, MA USA

O-blique

Susanne Hupfer
Lexington, MA USA
Where it All Began

Wendi Kennedy
West Boylston, MA 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:  Lance Keimig

Lance Keimig is best known for his night photographs, which are often made at the juncture of the built and natural environments. His book, Night Photography- Finding Your Way In The Dark was published by Focal Press in August of 2010, and has been translated into 6 languages. A revised and expanded second edition was published in July of 2015.

He has taught at the New England School of Photography in Boston since 2000, and has also taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The Photographic Resource Center at Boston University, The Houston Center for Photography, and leads independent workshops across the country.  Russell Brown, senior creative director for Adobe, said that Keimig may well be “one of the finest photography instructors on the planet.”

Keimig is a frequent speaker and workshop instructor for photographic events around the country. He has presented and taught at the Photo Plus Expo in New York, and was a featured speaker and workshop instructor at Estudio Brasil in Saõ Paulo, Brazil. He has lectured and taught for the Scottish Photographers Association in Glasgow, The School of Visual Arts in NY, B&H Event Space, and The New England Camera Club Council among others. 

Keimig continues to teach night photography and light painting workshops around the country, and also leads photo tours to Iceland, Ireland, Scotland, and Cuba. His work has taken him to such far flung places as Zimbabwe where he did documentary photography for a medical mission, the Philippines to photograph a museum collection, and Japan where he photographed Buddhist temples. His photographs are held in numerous collections including The Art Complex Museum In Duxbury, MA, The Boston Athenaeum, The Boston Public Library, and the The Grace Museum in Abilene, TX.

EXHIBIT Closed on November 8th 2015

Juror: Sarah Hadley

Dreams Caught Juror's Choice by Mark Allen Dierker Dubuque, Iowa USA
Dreams Caught Juror's Choice
by Mark Allen Dierker Dubuque, Iowa USA

Planar lines that wind, wend and soar through a image's field of focus.

Curving components within a photograph give the image depth, allowing the viewer’s eye to move through the frame almost effortlessly.  It is almost as if the photographer takes the viewer by the hand, draws them into the frame, and points the way. The viewer’s eyes are compelled to follow the line of the curvature.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:15 October 15
Artists' Reception:1 November 15 16:30
Exhibit Closes:8 November 15
Curvilinear
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

Curved lines are graceful, rhythmic, dynamic and add energy to an image. They can separate or connect elements or simply offer a balance to a photograph. Arches, circles, S curves and implied curves can be created by a variety of subject matter. 

Darkroom Gallery is calling for images that possess this curvy compositional trait.   

"In life,
as in art,
the beautiful moves in curves."

-Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

Juror's Statement:

I found the process of jurying very rewarding and was pleased to see so many great photos that explored the theme of curvilinear. There was so much dynamic work submitted and I found numerous images that were well composed, well executed and which addressed the theme in a provocative way. I had a hard time narrowing it down, but in the end, I chose images which presented the world to me in a new way or that made me feel something. For me a good photograph should be exciting, risky, sublime or a bit personal and should ultimately ask more questions than it answers.

Sarah Hadley


Dreams Caught
Juror's Choice

Mark Allen Dierker
Dubuque, Iowa USA
The Sensual Periphery
Honorable Mention

Geoffrey Agrons
Philadelphia, PA USA
Bubbles
Honorable Mention

Meredith Abenaim
Boston, MA USA

Billowing Breeze
Honorable Mention

Rebecca Moseman
Purcellville, VA USA
Autumn Air
People's Choice

Peggy Reynolds
Essex Jct., VT USA
"RS"

al garber
Santa Fe, New Mexico USA

Septet

Bill Bowerman
Lawrence, Ks USA
Rowboat, Rockport Maine

Bruce Van Valen
Torrington, CT USA
Wondering Dog

Carsten Knudsen
Chennai, Tamil Nadu India

Distance

Cary Loving
Richmond, VA USA
Vera_J_09-27-2014--05BC

Dan McCormack
Accord, NY USA
Field #2

David Aimone
Saratoga Springs, NY USA

Sandstone Spine. AZ

David Gardner
San Francisco, CA USA
Reaching Out III

David Quinn
Setauket, NY USA
Clean

David Woolf
Burlington, VT USA

Hands To Waist

Denis Sivack
Brooklyn, New York USA
American Dipper in Lake O'Hara

Ed Leckert
Issaquah, WA USA
SANCTUARY

Edward L. Rubin
Los Angeles, CA USA

You Belong to Me

Geoffrey Agrons
Philadelphia, PA USA
Drying Clothes

George S. Gati
Beekman, NY USA
Curvilinear 3

Henry Fernando
Ottawa, ON Canada

Lost in My Head

Holly Thompson
New Braunfels, TX USA
Stephen Fry

Jeremy Walter
Independence, MO USA
Untitled

Jiayi Liu
Amherst, MA USA

Glass

JOE CALLERI
NORTHCOTE, VICTORIA AUSTRALIA
Ullandhaug Tower

John Flynn
White River Junction, VT USA
Curved Track on Ice, Hills, Mist - Post Pond

John Lehet
Hartland, VT us

Red

José M. Gómez-Ros
Madrid, Madrid Spain
Semblance XXIV

Josh Shagam
Rochester, New York (NY) USA
Nun with Towel

Ken Dreyfack
Saugerties, NY USA

Man, Lower Manhattan, NYC

Len Speier
New York, NY USA
The Peninsula

Leslie Hall Brown
Ash Grove, MO USA
Re-Turning the Page 2

Li Shen
Thetford Center, Vermont USA

Amaryllis I

Louis DeLuco
Novato, CA USA
Arise

Magnus Snorrason
Belmont, Massachusetts USA
Apartment Life

Mark Melnick
Palm Desert, CA USA

Salzburg Summer

Mark Melnick
Palm Desert, CA USA
Clip

Matt Hostelley
Kirtland, OH USA
Seeing You

Meredith Abenaim
Boston, MA USA

The Ride

Norma McGehee Woodward
Fredericksburg, VA USA
Silent Fountain

Peggy Reynolds
Essex Jct., VT USA
Sign of the Times

Pete McCutchen
Alexandria, VA USA

Bite

Pete McCutchen
Alexandria, VA USA
Untitled in Iceland

Priscilla Kanady
The Woodlands, TX USA
Untitled

Rainy Silvestre
Miami, FLORIDA USA

Shadowplay

Steven Millman
Boynton Beach, FL USA
Flooded No.9

Susan Keiser
Ossining, NY USA
Double Helix

Suzan Mandla
Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Black-Eyed Susans

Ted Dinkel
East Burke, VT United States
Spiral

Teresa Zafon
Hospitalet de LLobregat, BARCELONA España
Iceland

Thomas Pickarski
New York, New York USA

Tendrils

Wil Scott
Annapolis, MD USA
Steps into the Sky

Willy AuYeung
Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Pink Tenderness

Yulia Naganova
Palo Alto, California 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: Sarah Hadley

Photographer and Filter Photo Festival Executive Director, Sarah Hadley, is known for all the excellent work she is doing in Chicago, but she happens to live in Los Angeles. Born and raised in a prestigious Boston museum (see below–well, she wasn’t born in the museum..), she developed an early artistic sensibility. While in college, Sarah strayed to Venice, Italy where she fell in love with all things Venice and began her photography career. She returned to the states and finished a degree in Art History and went on to work at the National Gallery and the Library of Congress. After being inspired by Robert Frank’s retrospective, Sarah received a degree in photography at the Corcoran College of Art and went on to work for newspapers and magazines.

She eventually moved to Chicago, went to Ragdale, the artists and writers colony in Lake Forest, IL, and discovered the prairie. She was later asked to photograph the amazing Howard Van Doren Shaw house for “The Ragdale House Speaks”.  Sarah now lives in Los Angeles, where she regularly returns to Chicago for Filter business and to Venice to make work. Her passion, besides photography, is travel. In 2011, Sarah traveled for the second time to China as a curator for the Lishui Photo Festival and will continue to travel much of 2015.

H2O

EXHIBIT Closed on January 3rd 2016

Juror: Gary Braasch 


Juror's Choice: Souvenir
by Randy Richmond from Muscatine, Iowa USA

Water: the origin and sustenance of all life on earth.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:10 December 15
Artists' Reception:18 December 15 17:30
Exhibit Closes:3 January 16
H2O
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

Water can be as beautiful and gentle as a morning dewdrop on a green leaf and as destructive as the raging of a river in flood.  We are made of oceans and rivers; an adult human body is 60% water, and a person can go little more than four days without drinking water.

Water, water, everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink.

Rime of the Ancient Mariner- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Today water presents us with a paradox. The ocean levels are rising, and some areas are experiencing inundation, while other parts of the world are suffering unparalleled drought. Clean drinking water has become a precious commodity.

With this dichotomy in mind, how does the photographer depict the full range of our relationship with water? The beauty of oceans and rivers has been a source of inspiration for artists for ages, and photographers are no exception.  Who hasn't been seduced by the glint of the sun off a rippling body of water?  And yet, to be responsible custodians of our only world we have to look at the effects of the human mismanagement of water.

We're casting a wide net for this exhibition, inviting photographs that illustrate the beauty of water in all its mutable forms, and also images depicting our increasingly difficult relationship with water.  Water as muse, water as destroyer; the creative possibilities are limitless.

Juror's Statement:

This was an enjoyable and enlightening experience and I congratulate all the photographers on their work and interest in the subject, water. The range of work technically was very broad as was the interpretation. The exception to this was that few images addressed social or environmental concerns, which are so central to how we actually use water. I was also surprised to find little reflecting water’s central position in agriculture and our food. A few photographers illustrated the human relationship to water — our elemental reliance on water for life, utility and beauty.

In my choices for the exhibition there are examples of most genres of photos that have water as a main element, and I have tried to honor those that neared perfection and pushed the ideas, although not new, toward a finer edge. I celebrate new angles of view and a deeper use of the multiple meanings found in the qualities of water to refract, reflect, obscure, magnify, distort and iridesce. I paid no attention to technique in the final picks — HDR, triptych, super long exposure, color work in the “darkroom,” and fine black and white composition — but I tried to downplay the many obvious cliches among the entries. There is wonder and magic in “the rapture of the shallows,” but I feel the most important thing for us to understand and communicate when we can is how dependent we are on water, how precious and necessary it is in its purity, and how commonly it is abused and wasted. 

Gary Braasch 


Souvenir
Juror's Choice

Randy Richmond
Muscatine, Iowa USA
Ice Train From Dresden
Honorable Mention

Geoffrey Agrons
Philadelphia, PA USA
Water
Honorable Mention

Saskia Boelsums
Nieuw-Schoonebeek, Drenthe Netherlands

Autumn Trout
Honorable Mention

William Horton
Boulder, CO USA
Summer Storm
People's Choice

Jo Palasi
Ramona, CA USA
Decatur, Alabama

Alan Strassman
Weston, MA United states of america

Jump

Amanda Marie Harner
Damascus, Maryland USA
Flying to Fort Wayne

Bernie Kubiak
Amherst, MA USA
Watkins Glen #2

Bernie Kubiak
Amherst, MA USA

Hot Spring Rorschach Test

Bert Halstead
Belmont, MA USA
Dew on White Pine

Beth Pelton
Winchester, NH USA
Ice 4

Bill Harbin
Rome, Georgia USA

Stream 1

Bill Harbin
Rome, Georgia USA
Catfish In Fish Tank

Bruce Berkow
New York, NY USA
Brooke in a Stream

Dave Levingston
Springfield, Ohio USA

Flow and Currents

David Aimone
Saratoga Springs, NY USA
Bear Lake Grasses and Reflections. CO

David Gardner
San Francisco, CA USA
Viet Nam Water Carrier

Diane Tempest
Sacramento, CA United States

Water Spirit

Dolph Miller
Tyler, Texas USA
Reflections

Gonzalo Rosendo
Miami, FL USA
square water 2

Jean- Claude Bise
Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel Switzerland

Sophie and the Puddle

Jennifer Bronwynn Copp
Winter Springs, FL United States
Sunrise in Middle Earth

John Flynn
White River Junction, VT USA
plankton, microscopy, cheers

John Stetson
Falmouth, ME USA

diatom

John Stetson
Falmouth, ME USA
Be Bold

JoSann Lien
Hayden, ID USA
Floating

Julie O'Connor
Weston, CT USA

South Shore Suite, June 10, 2015

Kip Harris
Indian Harbour, Nova Scotia Canada
Gesture

Law Hamilton
Rockport, MA USA
Circles with Oak Leaves

Law Hamilton
Rockport, MA USA

The Land at the Base of the Wall

Lawrence Russ
Southport, CT USA
Tea Ceremony

Lawrence Russ
Southport, CT USA
The Power That Builds in Solitude

Lawrence Russ
Southport, CT USA

Inexhaustible?

Li Shen
Thetford Center, Vermont USA
Staged Still: Water

Maria Coletsis
Vancouver, BC Canada
Foam Aswirl

Mark Hopkins
Lincoln, MA United States

Rocks on the Water

Mark Hopkins
Lincoln, MA United States
Surge

Mark Hopkins
Lincoln, MA United States
Hobo Camp

Mark Indig
Valley Village, CA USA

Playing On The Edge Of The World

Nick Winkworth
Menlo Park, CA USA
Shore Line

Nick Winkworth
Menlo Park, CA USA
Fractured, Holding On

Oren Darling
West Lafayette, IN USA

Beautiful Melancholy

Peggy Reynolds
Essex Jct., VT USA
Myrtle Beach, SC

Rhonda Harris Baines
Chevy Chase, MD USA
Storm

Saskia Boelsums
Nieuw-Schoonebeek, Drenthe Netherlands

waterlogged (flip)

stacy platt
Colorado Springs, CO USA
pentimenti

stacy platt
Colorado Springs, CO USA
A Standing Wave

Stephen Beattie
Burlington, VT USA

Legs

Susan Hanson
San Marcos, Texas USA
After Rain

Vivien Goldman
Chestnut Hill, MA USA
Aquaria

Wendi Schneider
Denver, Co USA

Twilight

Wendi Schneider
Denver, Co USA
Fog over Lake Ciginovac

William Horton
Boulder, CO USA
Landmannalaugar Hot Springs

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: Gary Braasch 

gary braaschGary Braasch is an environmental photojournalist and writer who documents nature, environment, biodiversity and climate change around the world. He has been a nature photographer for more than 40 years, and is internationally known for dramatic, artistic and science-based nature photography. His images and assignment articles have been published by Time, LIFE, New York Times Magazine, Discover, Smithsonian, National Geographic, Scientific American and the United Nations among many others.

In photographic assignments he specializes in recording the essence of whole ecosystems and threats to their biodiversity, employing techniques from aerial photography to extreme close-ups and underwater shots. His work has won
awards from Communication Arts and New York Art Directors Club and his was the lead portfolio in a major collection of current photojournalism, What Matters (Sterling Press, 2008) along with work by Sebastiao Salgado, James Natchwey, Ed Kashi and others.

Most of his work is on conservation or natural history subjects, the coverage of which gained Gary the Ansel Adams Award from the Sierra Club in the U.S., and the Outstanding Nature Photographer citation from the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA). He was a founding Board Member of NANPA and a founding Fellow of the International League of Conservation
Photographers.

Gary's comprehensive book Earth Under Fire: How Global Warming is Changing the World (University of California Press) was first published in 2007 and has been updated in a paperback edition and made into an e-book (2009-2010). Praise for this book has come from Al Gore, members of the Nobel Prize winning scientific community of the world, Vanity Fair, Nature, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Bill McKibben and Paul Hawken.

He received the Ansel Adams Award from the Sierra Club and the Outstanding Nature Photographer citation from the North American Nature Photography Association. In 2010 he was named as one of the Forty Most Influential Nature Photographers by Outdoor Photography magazine.

 

EXHIBIT Closed on December 6th 2015

Juror: Oliver Wasow 

Juror's Choice: "Fire, San Jose, California. 2013" by Michael Martin from San Jose, CA USA
Juror's Choice: "Fire, San Jose, California. 2013"
by Michael Martin from San Jose, CA USA

Strange, eerie and illusive; photographs that lend themselves to an implied narrative or otherworldly oddity.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:12 November 15
Artists' Reception:22 November 15 16:00
Exhibit Closes:6 December 15
Oddity
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

In documenting the oddness of real life, the "Photographer of the Freaks" Diane Arbus, once said her pictures sought to capture “the space between who someone is and who they think they are”. There is a realness and a perplexing otherworldliness to her work that makes it so provocative.

In contrast, some odd works are less about exposing the weirdness of reality but more about the artist constructing an alternate universe. Photographers have created images that intentionally perplex the viewer as early as the 1860s; Henry Peach Robinson was a pioneer of combination printing, creating the illusory photo montage long before there was Photoshop.  

Darkroom Gallery is calling for images that lead one to the edge, encouraging the mind to leap. Documentary shots, multiple exposures, constructions, staged, anything goes, just go ahead and leave the viewer baffled. 

Juror's Statement:

To make an “odd” photograph is, in some to ways, to disrupt the very foundations of what a photograph is thought to be. Even in this digital age, when photographs are as malleable and open to manipulation as paintings, we continue to ascribe a certain assumption of objectivity to a photographic image. If we see a photograph that is in some way disconnected from spatial or temporal specificity, we're tempted to ask questions we would never think to ask of a painting, things like “what is that…where is that….when is that?”. Perhaps because of the desire to sever this tie to objectivity, many of the photographs submitted for this exhibition turned to tropes and imagery traditionally associated with Surrealist Painting. It’s not an exaggeration to say that dolls, masks and dreamscapes make up a majority of the pictures I reviewed. And yet the images that seem in many ways the oddest to me, and those that hold the most appeal, are those that somehow rest between the real and the imagined. The oddest photographs are those that keep one foot planted in the plausible, forcing the viewer to question whether what they are looking at is made or taken, and reminding us that in the end fact is indeed stranger than fiction.

Oliver Wasow

      Fire, San Jose, California. 2013
      Juror's Choice

      Michael Martin
      San Jose, California USA
      Playpen
      Honorable Mention

      Kristen Victoria Harner
      Damascus, MD USA
      Two Toilets
      Honorable Mention

      Len Speier
      New York, NY USA

      über die innenstadt
      Honorable Mention

      Mark Melnick
      Palm Desert, CA USA
      Fragrant Pink Couch, China 2011
      People's Choice

      Julie O'Connor
      Weston, CT USA
      Echo no. 87

      Alexandra Opie
      Salem, OR USA

      Em & Ruth

      Alexis Doshas
      West Wardsboro, VT USA
      Lake Champlain wreckage

      Alexis Doshas
      West Wardsboro, VT USA
      You're the One

      Amanda Marie Harner
      Damascus, Maryland USA

      Untitled (Defaced)

      Ana Teresa Vicente
      Lisboa, Portugal
      Indian Grain Worker

      Bob Tetro
      Arlington, VA. USA
      Trapped Selfie 2

      Dani Salvadori
      London, UK

      Three Fold

      Etta Martin
      Saint Joseph, Missouri USA
      Morning Fog

      Geoffrey Agrons
      Philadelphia, PA USA
      Recourse

      Geoffrey Agrons
      Philadelphia, PA USA

      concrete cemetery

      Gianpaolo Mastronardi
      Conversano, BARI Italy
      Lost In The Illusion

      Haomin Wei
      detroit, Michigan USA
      Online To Offline

      Haomin Wei
      detroit, Michigan USA

      “Untitled” from “Found and Fabricated Phenomena” series

      Janelle Young
      Athens, GA USA
      Where the Sidewalk Ends

      Jeff Evans
      Rantoul, IL USA
      Silent Chaos

      Jennifer Dipper
      Arcadia, CA USA

      Figure with Vapor,

      JP Terlizzi
      New York, NY USA
      Untitled

      Kristen Victoria Harner
      Damascus, MD USA
      Angela and Steve

      Kristin Skees
      Hampton, Virginia USA

      The Gannons

      Kristin Skees
      Hampton, Virginia USA
      The Collector

      Li Shen
      Thetford Center, Vermont USA
      Randa

      Liza Hennessey Botkin
      Studio City, CA USA

      "We need more ice."

      Mark Melnick
      Palm Desert, CA USA
      In the Mind of the Creator

      Mark Melnick
      Palm Desert, CA USA
      Benchless

      Marty Daily
      Allenstown, NH USA

      Loaded

      Max Ross
      Evanston, Illinois USA
      Driftwood

      Max Ross
      Evanston, Illinois USA
      Tree, Berlin. 2012

      Michael Martin
      San Jose, California USA

      Salton City, California. 2015

      Michael Martin
      San Jose, California USA
      Big Bird Whizzing

      Mildred Alpern
      New York, New York USA
      Outer Peace

      Nick Winkworth
      Menlo Park, CA USA

      Rainbow Over San Jose Airport

      Nick Winkworth
      Menlo Park, CA USA
      Retro

      Norma McGehee Woodward
      Fredericksburg, VA USA
      Disconnected

      Peggy Reynolds
      Essex Jct., VT USA

      Father, Son

      Pierre Hauser
      New York City, NY USA
      51.383831, -0.770176

      Priya Baxter
      Wokingham, Berkshire England
      Maintenance

      Richard K. Kent
      Lancaster, Pennsylvania USA

      Persephone

      Robyn Wade
      Richmond, VA USA
      Self Asleep for 4 1/2 Hours, San Francisco CA 1984

      Steve Harper
      Greenbrae, CA USA
      Barbershop duet

      Terry J. Allen
      east montpelier, VT USA

      FanBoy

      Thomas Mitchell
      Holden, MO USA
      Fish Drying Rack, an Iceberg Passes, Greenland

      Thomas Pickarski
      New York, New York USA
      CAT

      Timothy Dicke
      Yellowstone NP, Wy 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: Oliver Wasow

      Oliver Wasow is a fine art photographer and collector of found photography oddities currently living and working in Rhinebeck, NY.  He received his BA from Hunter College and his Master’s Degree from the Transart Institute, In Austria.  His work is currently represented by Theodore:Art Gallery in NYC.

      Wasow has had a number of one person exhibitions, including shows at the Josh Baer Gallery, Janet Borden Gallery, Tom Solomon Gallery in Los Angeles, The South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art in North Carolina, and Galerie De Poche in Paris, France. His work has also been included in numerous national and international group shows, including such benchmark exhibitions as ‘Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop,’ at The Metropolitan Museum of Art,  ‘Image World,’ at the Whitney Museum of Art in NYC, and ‘The Photography of Invention,’ at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.   

      His photographs are included in a number of private collections and are also represented in various prominent public collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and The Milwaukee Art Museum. Reviews of his work have been featured in most major art publications, including, among others, Art Forum, ArtNews and The New York Times. He has been the recipient of various grants and awards including a Louis Comfort Tiffany Grant in 1999 and, in 2000, his second New York State Council on the Arts Grant.

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