EXHIBIT Closed on March 22nd 2015

Juror: Rebecca Senf

Juror's Choice: "Wire Sketches 16" by Elizabeth Ellenwood from Jamaica Plain, MA USA

Lines are powerful compositional elements that control the way eyes move through a photograph.

Lines add impact to an image, place emphasis to a particular area of the composition, or tell a story or to draw a connection between different elements in a photograph.  Lines can be straight, curved, broken or jagged. They can bisect one another, cross or overlap and be the driving force behind interpreting perspective.

In the Renaissance, painters needed to be able to translate the three-dimensional world around them onto the two-dimensional surface of a painting, called the "picture plane." The solution was "linear perspective"; the idea that converging lines meet at a single vanishing point and all shapes get smaller in all directions with increasing distance from the eye. Photographers can take this artistic function for granted, or they can harness perspective in unique and creative ways to focus or push the eye around the image.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:26 February 15
Artists' Reception:22 March 15 16:30
Exhibit Closes:22 March 15
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

Lines of some sort can be found in all photographs, formed by natural or artificial elements.  Naturally occurring lines can be rivers, shorelines, waves, sand dunes, and rows of trees while roads, fences, bridges, street lights and skyscrapers are examples of architectural or linear constuctions.  The effect that lines have on an image varies depending upon the orientation and direction.  Horizontal lines convey a sense of width, stability, calm, lazy, security, relaxation, constancy and timelessness.  Whereas vertical lines convey a sense of strength, height, integrity, solidity, dominance, power, peace and tranquility, substance or permanence.  Darkroom Gallery is calling for images that utilize lines in innovative and dynamic ways, how are your photographs enhanced or translated by line?

Juror's Statement:

A juror’s job is always a struggle.  To review a group of images, united by a theme, and select a small group for exhibition is a challenge.  Unavoidably, many good pictures – well seen and provocative – are left out.  It was interesting to see how photographers responded to the call for pictures about lines.  Images of both manmade and natural lines appeared.  Buildings, horizon lines, contrails, trees, railroad tracks, beams of light.  I found myself drawn to photographs that were intriguing – in which the arrangement of space was obfuscated and unclear.  Those visual puzzles attracted me.  On the other hand, some of the most minimal and straightforward pictures, of power lines or jellyfish tentacles, struck me as wonderfully beautiful.  Although I look for innovation and new approaches, I am also engaged by a straight photograph that is well made.  We don’t see it often in photography, but I always appreciate photographers who incorporate humor or playfulness in their work.  In creating this selection I strove to bring together a diverse approach to the concept of lines, pictures that surprise and delight and are just great images, and I hope you enjoy Lines as much as I have.

 Rebecca Senf

Wire Sketches 16
Juror's Choice

Elizabeth Ellenwood
Jamaica Plain, MA USA
Last Visit
Honorable Mention

Amanda Marie Harner
Damascus, Maryland USA
beach day
Honorable Mention

Russ Rowland

Chinese Willows
Honorable Mention

Sandra Chen Weinstein
Lake Forest, CA USA
Maple Leaf
People's Choice

Will Hoskins
Essex Junction, Vermont USA

Andrea Waxler
Nashua, New Hampshire USA


Artur Sikora
Dublin, Ireland

Beau Comeaux
Albany, NY USA
Plant Bowen 2

Bill Harbin
Rome, Georgia USA


Bryan Ballinger
Huntington, in USA
the sea - reflection I

Carmen Spitznagel
Sandberg-Waldberg, Germany
Parking Lot Colors and Lines


Art & Architecture, NYC

Corinne DiPietro
Boston, MA United States
Green Bean

Dale Niles
Fayetteville, GA USA

Danielle L Goldstein
NEW YORK, NY United States

Ice Formation, Morgan Run Creek

Don James
Westminster, MD USA
Stiff Upper Lip

Edson F. Scudder, Jr.
Charlotte, NC USA

Emily Jane Macaux
East Greenwich, RI USA

Apologies to Jackson Pollack

Eric Rennie
Cromwell, CT USA

Erica Brown
Burlington, VT USA
Final Curtain

Ericka Markley
Fort Wayne, IN USA

Election Day Across the Universe

Geoffrey Agrons
Philadelphia, PA USA

Hautcoeur Julien
Gatineau, Québec Canada
Lines #7

Jeff Clarke
Burlington, Vermont USA

"Density in Downtown Austin,"

Joan Brook
Boone, NC USA
Next Stop: The Crusher

John Flynn
White River Junction, VT USA

John O'Neill
Duluth, Minnesota USA

StrangeAngels 0023

the kids are doing okay - letter to Lucasville prison

Josiane Keller
Cleveland, OH United States
Field Museum Chicago - Ceiling

Karen Janas
Lombard, IL USA

The Heart

Kristin Reeves
Murray, KY USA
West Chester #9

Lars Anderson
Cincinnati, OH USA
This Too Will Pass

Laura Husar Garcia
Riverside, IL - Illinois USA

Onto the Abyss

Lisa Allen
Washington, District of Columbia USA
Split Screen

Liza Hennessey Botkin
Studio City, CA USA
Penguin Plunge

Lora Mancini
Shaftsbury, VT USA

Lines and Shadows

Louise Halstead
Belmont, MA USA

Italian Riviera, Italy
Dark composition

Madiha Abdo
London, United kingdom England

The Urban Lines of Toronto

Mariam Magsi
Toronto, Ontario Canada

Marilyn Carren
Edinburg, TX USA
Moon Fog

Mark Indig
Valley Village, CA USA

Therapeutic View

Marsha Guggenheim
San Francisco, Ca USA
Somerville, MA 2014

Michael Stepansky
Holliston, MA USA
Line & Form #06

Mitch Goodwin
Portland, Victoria Australia

Heart Of The Sun

Nick Winkworth
Menlo Park, CA USA
Sailboat lifeline at dawn

Peter J Baumgartner
Carlisle, MA, MA USA

petra davis
San Francisco, CA USA

Night Stories

Qianwen Jiang
San Francisco, CA USA

Robin Tryloff
Downers Grove, Illinois USA
Coney Island

Russ Rowland

Untitled #2 from the Focused Chaos series

Russell D. Wills
Scotch Plains, New Jersey USA
AbstrActure 03

Sandro Tedde
Sassari, Sassari Italy
The Musk Ox

Siobhan Keleher
Denver, CO USA


Stelios Karatheodorou
Serres, Greece

Steve Short
West Midlands, United Kingdom
The Flow

Suchetha Prabhu
Essex Junction, VT USA

National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing

Susan Bokos
Holmes Beach, Florida USA

Suzanne Demaree
Rockport, Texas USA

Tara McDermott
Seattle, WA USA

Ward's, 2014

Thomas Pearson
Hattiesburg, Mississippi USA
Night Flight 10, from the series Airplanes

Tom Morin
Houston, TX 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:Rebecca Senf

Dr. Rebecca Senf is the Norton Family Curator of Photography, a joint appointment at the Center for Creative Photography and the Phoenix Art Museum. She curates three exhibitions a year for the Doris and John Norton Gallery for the Center for Creative Photography in Phoenix and her past exhibitions include Debating Modern Photography: the Triumph of Group f/64; Richard Avedon: Photographer of Influence; Human Nature: the Photographs of Barbara Bosworth; Edward Weston: Mexico; Odyssey: the Photographs of Linda Connor; Charting the Canyon: Photographs by Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe; Face to Face: 150 Years of Photographic Portraiture; Exposing Time: Capturing Change Through Photography and the Steele Gallery exhibition, Ansel Adams: Discoveries of January to June, 2010.

Senf grew up in Tucson and went to undergraduate school at the University of Arizona, studying the History of Photography. She spent ten years in Boston, Massachusetts where she earned a Ph.D. in Art History at Boston University. In Boston she worked on the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’s major exhibition Ansel Adams from The Lane Collection, for which she also co-authored the exhibition catalogue. In October of 2012 her book Reconstructing the View: The Grand Canyon Photographs of Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe was released by University of California Press. Recent projects include exhibitions on the photographic book and in the next few months she will open two exhibitions focused on platinum photography.