EXHIBIT Closed on May 18th 2014

Juror: Kyohei Abe

Juror's Choice:"Something is always far away 2" by Magela Crosignani from Montevideo, Uruguay

The composition of two or more elements within a photograph, emphasizing either the similarity or dissemblance between them.

One of the most effective ways to express ideas photographically is to compare and contrast subjects visually. Placing contrasting elements side-by-side adds interest to a photograph and holds the viewer’s attention. Opposites such as: large and small, light and shadow, happy and sad, smooth and rough, new and old, horizontal and vertical, still and motion. Each one of these examples draws the viewer in, makes them curious about the story, why is that person happy while the other one is sad? How did that cat managed to get in amongst all of those dogs? Why are these two seemingly unrelated objects set in the same frame?

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:24 April 14
Artists' Reception:18 May 14 16:30
Exhibit Closes:18 May 14
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

Explore complex or simplistic incongruity, opposites and contradictions, layered imagery, and observe the addition and subtraction of context. Counterbalance can marry elements by placing them side-by-side, above or below each other, or layer them in the foreground, middle-ground and background just as slow shutter speeds can show the disparity of moving objects compared to static ones. Explore the uniqueness found in apposing colors, textures, characters and objects. Juxtaposition plays a crucial role in creating expression in each of these areas and the photographs' overall message and allure – so crucial that we feel it deserves an exhibit all it's own.

Juror's Statement:

It was absolutely delightful to review such an amazing group of photographs which displayed a range of styles, interpretations, content, and genres of photographic explorations. Prominent considerations that tied my selections together were the artists' personal visions, their ability to create and define our contemporary lives through their photographs.

The artists whose photographs are highlighted here inspired me because many were not bonded to photographic traditions of the past, whether exterior or interior space, landscapes, or portraits. These photographers have all successfully conveyed inspiring and unique perspectives on our contemporary world with their voices.

Kyohei Abe

Something is always far away # 2
Juror's Choice

Magela Crosignani
Montevideo, Uruguay
Honorable Mention

Jane Szabo
Altadena, CA USA
Honorable Mention

Michael Riordan
Rochester, NY USA

Untitled (Italy)
Honorable Mention

Terri Bright
Greenville, SC USA
People's Choice

Ricardo de Vicq de Cumpitch
Sao Paulo, SP Brazil
Dancing With Her Soul

Babak Pejman Aryan
Austin, Texas USA

Hoop Dreams

Brian Schneider
Fairbanks, Alaska USA

Brian Schneider
Fairbanks, Alaska USA
Dylan | Young and Old

Corinne DiPietro
Boston, MA United States

Toxin Mushroom

Di Sun
Indianapolis, Indiana USA
Untitled #3284, 2014

Ekaterina Vlassa
Moscow, Russia
Juxta Pose No 6

Francois Boutin
Quebec City, Quebec Canada

Clavicular, (Popliteal Fossa), 2012

gwen charles
Montclair, NJ USA

Haley Morris-Cafiero
Cordova, TN USA
The Burning

Janette James
Pawling, NY USA

Building Supply Co.

Jeff Evans
Rantoul, IL USA

Jeff Evans
Rantoul, IL USA

Jeremy Walter
Independence, MO USA


Jessica Remus
La Grange Park, IL United States

Joëlle de vries
Eindhoven, NB Netherlands

John Padour
Oak Park, IL USA

Rope Of Hope

Cairo, Egypt Egypt
Tending the Garden

Katherine Burdick
Tucson, AZ USA
Purim, Jerusalem, March 2014

Laura Chiesa
Tel Aviv, Israel

In The Corner

Louise Halstead
Belmont, MA USA
The View to Forever

Marianne Smith Dalton
Cazenovia, NY USA
Deliberate Digression

Marie Brenneis
London, UK USA


Marilyn Maddison
South Burlington, VT United States
James Turrell's Sky Space with Moon

Marilynn Waters
Claremont, CA USA

Mark Melnick
Palm Desert, CA USA

Fisherman's Prayer

Mark Melnick
Palm Desert, CA USA

Michael Riordan
Rochester, NY USA
Wires and Magnolias

Miren Etcheverry
Cambridge, MA USA

selfie in fusion

Brussels, Belgium
the grass stands tall inside our heads

Nate Mosseau
Burlington, Vermont USA

Norman Borden
New York, NY USA

Beit Hanina neighborhood, East Jerusalem, Israel, December 2011

Omri Talmor
Modi'in-Maccabim-Re'ut, Israel

Ordi Calder
Cuiaba, Mato Grosso Brazil
yellow flower

Richard Rappleyea
Colts Neck, NJ USA


Richard Rappleyea
Colts Neck, NJ USA
Le Chat Voit Tout

sandrine arons
mableton, GA USA
Mother and Sons

Stephanie Beaty

Untitled (Italy)

Terri Bright
Greenville, SC USA
Astroturf and Dog Shit

Terri Lloyd
Los Angeles, CA USA
Odd Shoe

Thomas Ladd
North Easton, MA USA

Bubble Cap

Thomas Ladd
North Easton, MA USA
Chimera II

Thomas Ladd
North Easton, MA USA
telegraph avenue

Tom Hogeback
Oxford, Ohio USA

winter, baselstadt

Valentine Merriman
Issaquah, WA USA
Beauty Queen

Vicky Martin
Staffs, Staffordshire UK


  • 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: Kyohei Abe

Director and Chief Curator at the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography in Detroit, Michigan. The Center offers exhibitions, both online and in its gallery space, as well as lectures, and workshops throughout the year. The mission is to promote contemporary fine art photography and provide a vital cultural resource to our visual community. Abe has been reviewing portfolios at national events including Filter Photo Festival, PhotoNOLA and Photolucida. He has been a juror for for Critical Mass since 2010. Abe is an artist whose works are part of the public collection of the Museum of Fine Art, Houston, TX, Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI, The West Collection, Oak, PA as well as numerous private and corporate collections globally. He also has been a professor at College for Creative Studies in Detroit since 2005.

While inspired by a wide range of photography, Abe is most interested in seeing intelligent and coherent work displaying a fresh perspective