EXHIBIT Closed on November 8th 2015

Juror: Sarah Hadley

Dreams Caught Juror's Choice by Mark Allen Dierker Dubuque, Iowa USA
Dreams Caught Juror's Choice
by Mark Allen Dierker Dubuque, Iowa USA

Planar lines that wind, wend and soar through a image's field of focus.

Curving components within a photograph give the image depth, allowing the viewer’s eye to move through the frame almost effortlessly.  It is almost as if the photographer takes the viewer by the hand, draws them into the frame, and points the way. The viewer’s eyes are compelled to follow the line of the curvature.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:15 October 15
Artists' Reception:1 November 15 16:30
Exhibit Closes:8 November 15
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

Curved lines are graceful, rhythmic, dynamic and add energy to an image. They can separate or connect elements or simply offer a balance to a photograph. Arches, circles, S curves and implied curves can be created by a variety of subject matter. 

Darkroom Gallery is calling for images that possess this curvy compositional trait.   

"In life,
as in art,
the beautiful moves in curves."

-Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

Juror's Statement:

I found the process of jurying very rewarding and was pleased to see so many great photos that explored the theme of curvilinear. There was so much dynamic work submitted and I found numerous images that were well composed, well executed and which addressed the theme in a provocative way. I had a hard time narrowing it down, but in the end, I chose images which presented the world to me in a new way or that made me feel something. For me a good photograph should be exciting, risky, sublime or a bit personal and should ultimately ask more questions than it answers.

Sarah Hadley

Dreams Caught
Juror's Choice

Mark Allen Dierker
Dubuque, Iowa USA
The Sensual Periphery
Honorable Mention

Geoffrey Agrons
Philadelphia, PA USA
Honorable Mention

Meredith Abenaim
Boston, MA USA

Billowing Breeze
Honorable Mention

Rebecca Moseman
Purcellville, VA USA
Autumn Air
People's Choice

Boba Fett
Remulak, Space France

al garber
Santa Fe, New Mexico USA


Bill Bowerman
Lawrence, Ks USA
Silent Fountain

Boba Fett
Remulak, Space France
Rowboat, Rockport Maine

Bruce Van Valen
Torrington, CT USA

Wondering Dog

Carsten Knudsen
Chennai, Tamil Nadu India

Cary Loving
Richmond, VA USA

Dan McCormack
Accord, NY USA

Field #2

David Aimone
Saratoga Springs, NY USA
Sandstone Spine. AZ

David Gardner
San Francisco, CA USA
Reaching Out III

David Quinn
Setauket, NY USA


David Woolf
Burlington, VT USA
Hands To Waist

Denis Sivack
Brooklyn, New York USA
American Dipper in Lake O'Hara

Edmund L Leckert III
Boise, ID United States


Edward L. Rubin
Los Angeles, CA USA
You Belong to Me

Geoffrey Agrons
Philadelphia, PA USA
Drying Clothes

George S. Gati
Beekman, NY USA

Curvilinear 3

Henry Fernando
Ottawa, ON Canada
Lost in My Head

Holly Thompson
New Braunfels, TX USA
Stephen Fry

Jeremy Walter
Independence, MO USA


Jiayi Liu
Amherst, MA USA

Ullandhaug Tower

John Flynn
White River Junction, VT USA

Curved Track on Ice, Hills, Mist - Post Pond

John Lehet
Hartland, VT us

José M. Gómez-Ros
Madrid, Madrid Spain
Semblance XXIV

Josh Shagam
Rochester, New York (NY) USA

Nun with Towel

Ken Dreyfack
Saugerties, NY USA
Man, Lower Manhattan, NYC

Len Speier
New York, NY USA
The Peninsula

Leslie Hall Brown
Ash Grove, MO USA

Re-Turning the Page 2

Li Shen
Thetford Center, Vermont USA
Amaryllis I

Louis DeLuco
Novato, CA USA

Magnus Snorrason
Belmont, Massachusetts USA

Apartment Life

Mark Melnick
Palm Desert, CA USA
Salzburg Summer

Mark Melnick
Palm Desert, CA USA

Matt Hostelley
Kirtland, OH USA

Seeing You

Meredith Abenaim
Boston, MA USA
The Ride

Norma McGehee Woodward
Fredericksburg, VA USA
Sign of the Times

Pete McCutchen
Alexandria, VA USA


Pete McCutchen
Alexandria, VA USA
Untitled in Iceland

Priscilla Kanady
The Woodlands, TX USA

Rainy Silvestre


Steven Millman
Boynton Beach, FL USA
Flooded No.9

Susan Keiser
Beacon, NY USA
Double Helix

Suzan Mandla
Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Black-Eyed Susans

Ted Dinkel
East Burke, VT United States

Teresa Zafon
Hospitalet de LLobregat, BARCELONA España

Thomas Pickarski
New York, New York USA


Wil Scott
Annapolis, MD USA
Steps into the Sky

Willy AuYeung
Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Pink Tenderness

Yulia Naganova
Palo Alto, California 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: Sarah Hadley

Photographer and Filter Photo Festival Executive Director, Sarah Hadley, is known for all the excellent work she is doing in Chicago, but she happens to live in Los Angeles. Born and raised in a prestigious Boston museum (see below–well, she wasn’t born in the museum..), she developed an early artistic sensibility. While in college, Sarah strayed to Venice, Italy where she fell in love with all things Venice and began her photography career. She returned to the states and finished a degree in Art History and went on to work at the National Gallery and the Library of Congress. After being inspired by Robert Frank’s retrospective, Sarah received a degree in photography at the Corcoran College of Art and went on to work for newspapers and magazines.

She eventually moved to Chicago, went to Ragdale, the artists and writers colony in Lake Forest, IL, and discovered the prairie. She was later asked to photograph the amazing Howard Van Doren Shaw house for “The Ragdale House Speaks”.  Sarah now lives in Los Angeles, where she regularly returns to Chicago for Filter business and to Venice to make work. Her passion, besides photography, is travel. In 2011, Sarah traveled for the second time to China as a curator for the Lishui Photo Festival and will continue to travel much of 2015.