EXHIBIT Closed on September 7th 2014

Juror: Joanna Hurley

"5th Avenue" Juror's Choice by Katharine Ryals Brooklyn, NY USA

Blue is a favorite color of all people, yet it has more complex and contradictory meanings than any other hue. 

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:14 August 14
Artists' Reception:5 September 14 17:00
Exhibit Closes:7 September 14
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

Throughout the ages, as the natural world's color for water and sky, blue lends itself to spiritual and heavenly leanings.  In these modern days, blue is embraced as the color of heaven and authority, denim jeans and corporate logos.  Most blues convey a sense of trust, loyalty, cleanliness, and understanding. On the other hand, blue evolved as symbol of depression in American culture. “Singing the blues” and feeling blue” are good examples of the complexity of color symbolism and how the color has been evolved in different cultures.


Juror's Statement:

It was interesting and fun to jury a show with such a specific theme. Still I found that I had to narrow down the criteria I used in selecting images. The color blue had to be in there, and while it didn’t necessarily have to predominate, in most cases it did have to stand out and in some way “make” the image. I eliminated many images that had been heavily and obviously filtered or photoshopped, those where the blue was an obvious gimmick, and those that, even mostly blue, could easily have been mostly red, or yellow or some other color. And of course, the image itself had to be strong, so in some cases I chose images that were not necessarily about the blue, but that were powerful, and in which blue was a component.

––Joanna Hurley, July, 2014

5th Avenue
Juror's Choice

Katharine Ryals
Nashville, TN USA
Honorable Mention

Cary Loving
Richmond, VA USA
Alone in the Field
People's Choice
Honorable Mention

George S. Gati
Beekman, NY USA

Naturally Blue 2
Honorable Mention

Vicky Stromee
Tucson, AZ USA
Honorable Mention

Wendi Schneider
Denver, Co USA
Vermont Blue House

Alan Strassman
Weston, MA United states of america

Birthday Dress

Amanda Marie Harner
Damascus, Maryland USA
Beaver Brook Fall

Andrea Waxler
Nashua, New Hampshire USA

Bernie Kubiak
Amherst, MA USA

Betsy Chapek
Underhill Center, VT USA
Blue Bottles in Window, Helsingor, Denmark

Bob Tetro
Arlington, VA. USA
Front Door, Chefchaouen--Morocco's Blue City

Brad Perkins
Chicago, IL USA

Chester Vermont in Blue #2

Bryan Ballinger
Huntington, in USA

Camila Jurado
London, United Kingdom

Charolette Stoehr
Salem, Oregon USA


Dana West
Chicago, IL USA
Point Arena, A Mood of Blue

David Martin
Clearwater, Idaho USA
Le Mur Bleu

Deborah Loeb Bohren
White Plains, NY USA


Don Rice
Gainesville, Florida USA

Don Rice
Gainesville, Florida USA
Somes Sound - 9:23PM

Eric A. Bailey
Boxborough, Massachusetts USA


Geoffrey Agrons
Philadelphia, PA USA
Blue Glass Fiddle

Geoffrey Agrons
Philadelphia, PA USA
Just beyond our sight

James Winkless
Preston Canterbury, Kent UK

Morning Light Blue

Jim Gambaro
Belchertown, MA USA
Vietnamese Waterlily

Jim Squires
St Simons Island, GA United States
Arctic Traveler

Jim Squires
St Simons Island, GA United States

The Blue Doors


Joni Kabana
Portland, OR USA
In Flight over Blue Waters

Judith Monteferrante
Scottsdale, AZ USA

Brass Door Knocker

Kathleen Nademus
Fords, NJ USA
Silent Landscape

Katia Platonova
St.Petersburg, Russia
Triangled Shore / Artist's Proof

Marjorie Nichols
Somerville, MA USA


Mark Indig
Valley Village, CA USA

Mark Indig
Valley Village, CA USA
Electric Blue, Clarksdale, Mississippi

Mark Melnick
Palm Desert, CA USA

In Case of Rain, St. Petersburg

Mark Melnick
Palm Desert, CA USA
Under Tanzania Sky

Michael Havice
Whitefish Bay, WI USA
Blue Dreams

Michael Havice
Whitefish Bay, WI USA

Boy, Berlin 2012

Michael Martin
San Jose, California USA
Hunting Island, South Carolina

michael w. ellison
savannah, georgia USA
Twin Doors Rt 66

Norma McGehee Woodward
Fredericksburg, VA USA


Patrizio Cipollini
Roma, RM Italy
Home From School

Paul M. Murray
Jamestown, RI USA
Blue on White #2

Philip Constant
Salem, OR USA

That Mood Indigo

Ricardo de Vicq de Cumpitch
Sao Paulo, SP Brazil
Ara ararauna

Ricardo de Vicq de Cumpitch
Sao Paulo, SP Brazil
Sardine, no chips

Ricardo de Vicq de Cumpitch
Sao Paulo, SP Brazil

The Blue Room

Richard Burniston
Brighton, East Sussex UK
Untitled (Paris)

Robert Schneider
Lexington, MA USA

Robert Schneider
Lexington, MA USA

Variations in Blue

ruth sousa
BRASÍLIA, Distrito Federal Brasil
Ball Bottles Blue

Sally Canzoneri
Washington, DC USA
Gone Native

Steven Millman
Boynton Beach, FL USA


Steven Millman
Boynton Beach, FL USA
The Rest

Steven Olson
Montrose, CO USA

Stilson Snow
Eureka, CA USA

Steel Waves

Tara Malone
New York, NY USA
Blue Book Glass

Thomas Ladd
North Easton, MA USA
Electric Blue

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, 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: Joanna Hurley

Joanna Hurley has had a thirty-year career in book publishing working as an editor, publicist, agent, packager and publisher for dozens of photography books as well as books on many other subjects for companies large and small. She is president of HurleyMedia, LLC, which she started in 1994. Previously she was publicity director of Vintage Books, the trade paperback division of Alfred A. Knopf, marketing director of The University of New Mexico Press, and publicity director of the Body Politic Theatre/Community Arts Foundation in Chicago. During the course of her long career, she has worked on projects for a wide variety of photographers and writers ranging from Nick Brandt, Mark Klett, Richard Misrach, Irving Penn, and Eliot Porter to Tony Hillerman, Richard Russo, Thomas McGuane and Richard Ford. She is a co-founder of Radius Books, and board chair of Center, a not-for-profit organization based in Santa Fe that supports and provides opportunity for gifted, committed photographers.