Juror: Darren Heath
Next to the discovery of fire, the invention of the wheel has been the most significant achievement in the development of human culture and civilization.
The horse drawn chariot revolutionized warfare, while the stone wheel of the gristmill made it possible to process enough grain to feed increasing numbers of city dwellers, and the oxcart provided transportation for people and produce. In the modern era, life would be unimaginable without wheels. America is truly a "car culture", and the rest of the world is not far behind.
How do you envision wheels in your own life? Maybe you're a car nut, a lover of anything that looks sleek and goes fast, from a Grand Prix car to a NASCAR racer, to a land speed record vehicle. Or perhaps you're more aware of other types of wheels, such as those on bicycles, baby carriages, or trains. And then there are Ferris wheels and pinwheels, skateboards and rollerblades, conveyor belts and steamboats. The possibilities are nearly limitless.
Wheels is Darkroom Gallery's invitation to you depict your photographic discovery of the wheel. We're looking for photos that feature cars in any and all forms, of course, from the classic car to the newest zero-emission vehicles, but Wheels is not limited to cars; anything that moves or operates on wheels is fair game. This is your opportunity to show us what makes your world go 'round!
Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change) Exhibit Opens: 11 September 14 Artists' Reception: 20 September 14 17:00 Exhibit Closes: 5 October 14 Wheels
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto
The standard of entries I thought generally high and those that I’ve selected for the final group particularly good examples of contemporary photography. Encapsulating so many aspects of the art the entries showed the high standards that are being achieved by long time photographic enthusiasts and those that – due to the democratisation of photography in this digital age – have only recently started shooting with a considered attitude.
As a photographer known for his work in the highly charged world of Formula One one may imagine that I’d like pictures with similar chaotic feel but, away from the race tracks of the world, I like to shoot and enjoy viewing a certain style of photography that is far simpler in it’s execution and mien. It can be viewed here: http://www.darrenheath.com/off-track. The pictures that I’ve chosen for my final group, two runners-up and my juror’s choice, are perfect examples of this type of work.
My winning picture, entitled 'Derby Eyes’, is a wonderful study of a seemingly innocent night’s racing at the local dirt track oval. With a haunting and completely mesmerising look on her face the girlfriend of – I assume – one of the race car drivers seems lost in a world of her own. Behind her a row of beaten-up cars and a perfectly positioned trio of guys, fussing over one of the cars, acts as a perfect background isolating and adding intensity to her stare ever more. The picture’s composition, lack of colour, mood and ambience results in me continually coming back to view the picture over and over.
My two runners-up: Sleeping at the museum and No overnight parking.
Both these superb images I’d be over the moon to have shot. Looking for all the world like pictures shot by Magnum’s Alec Soth or legendary photographer and inspiration to so many William Egglestone, I think both are brilliant. No overnight parking is very reminiscent of the work I so enjoy shooting.
|No Overnight Parking|
|Sleeping at the Museum|
|The last hippie|
|Mud, Sky and Dirt Bikes|
|Joe, Dakota & Ray 2014|
|Cab Blur, NYC|
|Newton's First Law|
|Roosevelt Island Roller Girls|
|Mine Truck in Shop|
|Crash 57_Toyota Corolla 2006|
|Smash 04_Nissan Fairlady_1/35 scale|
|Wheel in the Sky|
|Bike on the Dike|
|Back from summer vacation|
|Life in the fast lane|
|Shopping Carts, Long Island|
|B/W volkswagen NYC|
|Rolling On By|
|His Big Day|
|Neck and Neck|
|1958 Pontiac Star Chief|
|Willets Point Father and Daughter|
|Las Vegas Traffic|
- 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: Darren Heath
Darren Heath is a multi award winning photographer based in London England, specialising in Formula One and the automotive industry, endeavouring to cover events and commissions in a creative and artistic manner using natural light and colour to their maximum effect.
Clients include McLaren, Ferrari, Ford, Jaguar, BMW, Toyota, Philip Morris, British American Tobacco, Vodafone, Bridgestone, FIA, Henri Lloyd, Time, F1Racing, Car Graphic, F1 Sokuho, F1 Scene, Car, Top Gear, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Observer, The Financial Times, The Sun, and Conde Nast Traveller.
In 2005 The Royal Photographic Society awarded Darren their prestigious Honorary Fellowship as recognition of his excellence and evidence of distinguished ability in his chosen field.
In addition to his motor sport work he also shoots both commissioned work and more personal photography taken away from the race tracks of the world. Find this work in his ‘off track’ gallery.