Shadow & Light
EXHIBIT Closed on February 28th 2016
Juror: Taj Forer
Juror's Choice Staircase
by Anita Schiedeck Nürnberg, Germany
Shadows fall and light shines, and where they meet is where the drama ensues.
|Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)|
|Exhibit Opens:||4 February 16|
|Artists' Reception:||19 February 16 17:30|
|Exhibit Closes:||28 February 16|
|Shadow and Light|
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto
...light is nothing without shadows. Shadows are not simply a dark mass that borders the light. Rather, shadows are an entity as alive as the light. It is the shadows that shape the light, that draw attention to the light, and that integrate with the light to produce striking photographic opportunities. If we are to reach our full potential as photographers, we must think as much in terms of mastering the shadows as we do of mastering the light. - Ron Bigelow
Darkroom Gallery is looking for works that explore the vast languages of shadow & light. Low light, bright light and every stop in between. Light can be luminous & rich, or a stark spotlight, it can wildly dance, or softly edge darkness and cast shadows. Light can reflect and sparkle or be blinding and disarming. Natural light vs. man-made light sources: sunrises and sunsets, moonlight and neon light! Photographs are steeped in emotive qualities that go well beyond the work's subject and content, an almost indecipherable layer is imparted through the usage of light.
Tension. If there is one theme I return to time and time again in photography, it is tension. I know it when I see it and I like it. These images are filled with it. Tension. Formal, conceptual, emotional. As I culled through the some one-thousand photographs submitted here for consideration, I found myself immediately drawn to those that arrested me; be it formal or be it conceptual, the "arrest" was driven by tension in every single instance. From lyrical science experiments riffing on our relationship to the universe via light spectrums, to eerie noire-style narratives that unfold in a single frame, to surveillance-referencing imagery that suggest something unknown (and likely very bad), is about to take place (or will it?); the tension throughout this collection of photographs is palpable.
|There's Really No Way to Reach Me|
|Andy's Bedroom, Panama.|
|Zocolo in the Rain, Oaxaca, Mexico|
|Daily Objects and Salt Crystals|
|Summer light circus|
|Diary of a Recluse|
|Long Term Effects|
|Katy and Circumzenithal Arc|
|Analemma made with gnomon (a stick used to create shadow); sun/earth relationship; mathematical symbol for infinity|
|Rio de Janeiro|
|Death Valley, 2010 |
|Woman in Thought|
|Self-portrait, Presumpscot River, Falmouth, ME|
|Dark Cobblestone Alley|
|she and her shadow walk away from me|
|people on the bus... revealed|
|people on the bus... blinded|
|Memory of the crowd.|
|Child with Gun|
|New England Geometry|
- 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: Taj Forer
Taj Forer is a photographic artist, publisher and educator. He is a Cofounder of Daylight, the celebrated international photography publisher.
Daylight is a non-profit organization dedicated to publishing art and photography books. By exploring the documentary mode along with the more conceptual concerns of fine-art, Daylight’s uniquely collectible publications work to revitalize the relationship between art, photography, and the world-at-large.
Forer received his MFA in Photography from UNC-Chapel Hill (where he is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Art) and his BA from Sarah Lawrence College. Forer is the author of two books of his own photography, Stone by Stone (Kehrer Verlag, 2011, Heidelberg, Germany) and Threefold Sun (Charta Editions, 2007, Milano, Italy).
His photographs have been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world and can be found in private and public collections throughout the United States and Europe including those of The J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles, CA), The North Carolina Museum of Art (Raleigh, NC), The Sir Elton John Collection (London, UK), The Mint Museum of Art (Charlotte, NC) and The Taubman Museum of Art (Roanoke, VA).