EXHIBIT Closed on November 18th 2018

Juror: Michael Pannier Juror's Statment

White Trees, Series 2, No. 7

© Mischa Gregory Macaw

The oldest known single living organism on the earth is said to be a Great Basin bristlecone pine (pinus longaeva) living in the White Mountains of California. It's age is estimated at a little over 5,000 years. Trees have endured through every kind of catastrophe imaginable. . Now that human activity is dramatically reducing forest and jungle we're beginning to understand just how vital a role they play maintaining the viability of life. Forests of all kinds have been called "the lungs of the world".  They're essential to the earth's carbon cycle, taking in carbon dioxide, storing the carbon, and releasing oxygen to the atmosphere. In addition, people have depended on them for all manner of uses, from heating dwellings and cooking food to providing everything from canoes to cashews. Little wonder, then, that trees were worshipped as gods in some ancient societies

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Exhibit Opens:20 September 18
Artists' Reception:13 October 18 16:00
Exhibit Closes:18 November 18
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As photographers we look  at trees, either in number or individually.  They're often an essential part of a photograph, either as objects of beauty when they're the subject of an image, or as useful "props" for framing a scene.  They're convenient "models" for the camera, since they can be found in most environments on land - even in our biggest cities. 

For this exhibition we extended the challenge to photograph a tree, or thousands of trees, in the photographer's unique vision. We received a great many excellent submissions - enough that we could easily have doubled or triples the size of the exhibit if we had space available to do so. People have a natural and primal affinity for trees, and all the submissions reflect that affection.

 Trees is presented in conjunction with The Essex Junction Tree Committee (www.essexjunction.org/boards/tree-advisory-committee/) which promotes and cares for trees in public places in the town of Essex Junction, Vermont.  

Juror's Statement

Growing up in the Mid Atlantic and exploring the hardwood forests since childhood, trees have always been an intimate part of my life- personal and photographically. Whether the familiar maple of my youth or the trees discovered later in life- Joshua trees of the high desert, acacias silhouetted against a sunset, or the subtropical palms on the coasts and my new southern home- all these trees comfort and trigger memories. I expected to be overwhelmed by the number of exceptional submissions to the Darkroom’s call for Trees, and was not disappointed.  Almost all  were impressive in one way or another- many spectacular. To make the choice of what would stay and what would go was both difficult and agonizing. In any juried show the selection process reinforces the fact that compelling and strong imagery is eliminated from shows and those final choices are almost always subjective ones.  In addition to looking at all the technical aspects of the many submissions, I was looking for subtle use of color or graphic monochrome, unusual ways of seeing what is common to many,  the use of light, and thoughtfulness in the image-making.  Finally, an image must tell a story. I also chose images that reached out to me and made a connection, offered me just enough information and mystery that made me ask questions.

Michael Pannier, New York, August 2018