EXHIBIT Closed on April 24th 2016
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Juror: Susan Spiritus
Juror's Choice: FACADE
by JOE CALLERI
NORTHCOTE, VICTORIA AUSTRALIA
Color photography: the power of a palette reveals the true nature of an image.
It is easy to take color for granted; after all, it is how we see the world every day. But color plays such an integral part in our emotions and in our perception of a scene. Knowledge of the nature of color and how to capture it gives paramount impact and expression to photography.
As long ago as the 6th-century in China, people have tried to understand how and why we react to different colors and how the various colors work together. More than the combination of red, blue and yellow, color is a visual tool for non-verbal communication.
...for all our knowledge and technology, there are still aspects of color and light that we do not fully understand. Even the way that we actually see colors is a mystery; although the basic physical aspects are known, how our brains interpret the information gathered by our eyes is still open to much speculation...Color has the power to create moods, evoke emotions, or show the world in ways that would otherwise be invisible or lost to our everyday lives. By carefully selecting, adjusting, or manipulating the colors present in an image, it can be given a meaning that can be as blatant or as subtle as you like. - Chris Rutter
Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change) Exhibit Opens: 31 March 16 Artists' Reception: 15 April 16 17:30 Exhibit Closes: 24 April 16 Chroma
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto
Darkroom Gallery is calling for works that exemplify the vast aptitudes of color. Photography that compels, through it's very saturation, an emotive response.
Having five days to carefully review 991 submissions to Darkroom Gallery’s “CHROMA” exhibition was somewhat of a daunting thought at the outset, but upon receiving the selections, I was immediately inspired by the first image I had to judge, which gave me the enthusiasm to want to see more. (And yes, the first image I saw did make it into the final cut!)
The call for entries requested works to “exemplify the vast aptitudes of color” which is a fairly broad statement, but was interpreted by me to look for works that clearly exhibit a color’s intensity and its total saturation. I wanted to have and was looking for an immediate emotional response to the image that was before me.
I was looking for a “WOW”! I responded immediately to the starkness and simplicity of "Pepper in Pan" , while with “Façade” , the tri-color palate and shadows were so in sync, that it gave me the emotional response I was seeking. I can say much the same for the saturated color and simplicity in, “In Agreement” . “Optimistic” exemplifies an everyday scenario that we see on a regular basis, but in this instance, the juxtaposition of the colors against the unbalanced form gave me reason not to have to look twice!
There were other images that caught my eye and were shortlisted for commendation, but I was limited only to 3 Honorable Mentions. As a result, I was unable to choose "Red Tulips", "Painter’s Canvas", "Chromatic Cube" and "Happy Home" which are worthy of mention.
|Pepper in Pan|
|Full Moon, Rockport, Maine|
|Rural England. A verdant patchwork|
|Sunset at Lake Chapala, Mexico|
|Cape Cod Pond|
|A little Hopper in Budapest|
|Hot Rod Lime|
|Fear of the Marketplace|
|Puebla Rroof tops|
|Door Hoi An Vietnam|
|Rooster, Hoi An Vietnam|
|Whose Got The Buttons?|
|Yellow Pit Stop|
|The Bench By The Lake|
|City of Gold|
|Dos Abuelas Y Un Arbol|
|Big Yellow Doors|
|Blowing in the Wind|
|Little buddhas in Bayon|
|Red-Eyed Green Tree Frog|
|Los Morellos Light - Puerto Rico|
|East Texas Autumn|
|Summer Beach House|
Photo Credits(starting with yellow duck image, left-right): Oh, the Humanity ©Geoffrey Agrons, Havana Pink ©Suzanne Engelberg, Diner ©Norma McGehee Woodward, ©Al Satterwhite, ©Al Satterwhite, Hot Rod RainDrops ©Gary Tobler, ©Al Satterwhite
- 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: Susan Spiritus
Susan Spiritus has been a leader in the field of fine art photography for 39 years, opening the doors to her Southern California gallery in 1976 so that she could share her passion for photography with others.
Today, the gallery handles works by such photographic luminaries as Ansel Adams,Ruth Bernhard, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Eikoh Hosoe, André Kertész, Paul Caponigro,Brett Weston and George Tice. The selection is always varied as new images arrive regularly while others have been sold. Please inquire.
Also represented are many of today’s most popular and award-winning contemporary artists including Camille Seaman, Hiroshi Watanabe, Cara Barer, Fran Forman, David Burdeny, Roman Loranc and Adrian Roland Davisin addition to several emerging artists, Tami Bone, Mitchell Hartman, Ellen Jantzen, Deborah Parkin, Tim Hyde and Chris Kovacs from Vancouver, BC .
The gallery regularly works with new artists from overseas. Besides Seung Hoon Park (South Korea), Deborah Parkin (UK) and William Furniss (Hong Kong), we have recently begun to represent Hengki Koentjoro http://susanspiritusgallery.com/artist/hengki-koentjoro/ from Jakarta, Indonesia and Ellie Davies from the UK.
We also have a robust collection of work by artists from Japan, including Eikoh Hosoe, Celine Wu and Yoichi Nagata. The newest addition to the gallery is Ryota Kajita, aka Kanji, whose work can be viewed here.
The gallery works with private collectors, corporations and design professionals providing personalized counsel in order to address each client’s individual needs. Whether a first time buyer or a prolific collector, the gallery has something for everyone. Art ranges in price, style and type including platinum, silver, hand-colored and digital. Custom framing can be arranged. Artwork can be shipped anywhere in the world.