In the Moment
EXHIBIT Closed on May 22nd 2016
Juror: Olaf Willoughby
We now are enrolling spots for Olaf's Street Photography Workshop at the gallery Saturday July 23-24, 2016
"Beach Day" Juror's Choice
by Russ Rowland NY, NY USA
Momentous moments frozen forever through the lens of our cameras.
|Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)|
|Exhibit Opens:||28 April 16|
|Artists' Reception:||14 May 16 15:00|
|Exhibit Closes:||22 May 16|
|In the Moment|
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto
It’s about capturing life...revealing the drama in the everyday. That’s it. Like any good photograph it needs to exude an energy which resonates with the viewer. It may capture a decisive moment, highlight drama and tension or just pose a question. -Olaf Willoughby
Darkroom Gallery is calling for works that interpret moments in reality as monumentally powerful, humorous, heart-rending or sublime. Just as an improv actor steps onto the stage without any thoughts or goals is his or her head we are looking for the very telling, thoughtful and insightful images. Photographs that succeed because they aren't staged.
‘In the Moment’ was a difficult challenge and therefore very rewarding to judge. Some went for classic ‘decisive moments’, others were more carefully staged but nevertheless still projected the energy of powerful moments. The few landscape entries were particularly good at capturing that feeling we get, when we want the moment to last just that little bit longer.
In my selection process I look for the element of intrigue. Something about the image which makes me linger and ideally poses a question about the intent of the artist. Then I look for technique; cropping, composition, exposure and processing values..etc. The juror’s choice and the three honorable mentions all have the magic ingredient of going beyond being simply good pictures to capture extraordinary moments.
Juror’s choice - Beach Day
This certainly has intrigue value! The image is striking in its directness. The figure in the background provides contrast. Black and white is a good choice for a situation where color might be distracting. The image is simple but complete, a puzzle where the pieces have fallen neatly into place.
|Aztec Dancers in Mexico|
|Dance Like No One is Watching|
|Sarah Matthew and Athena, Plainfield, VT.|
|not man made|
|The Space Between|
|Untitled 1 Sled Dog Series |
|What are you holding?|
|Death Valley Sunrise|
|Talking It Out|
|Sunday Storm in Woodstock|
|Lightning Over the Point|
|Santa's Uh-Oh Moment|
|a diary set to fall no.1|
|Holding Out For a Hero|
|The Kids Are All Right|
|girls will be girls|
|he's so cute|
|Live to Ride (Ho-Hum)|
|FIRE, Palappuram, Palakkad, Kerala, India, 2016,|
|Where She Reads|
|Until The Cops Come |
|Some Happy Some Sad|
- 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, a free exhibition catalog;
- Juror's Choice also receives a signed edition of Visualizing Poetry: The Power of Word and Images by Olaf Willoughby andEileen McCarney Muldoon
- 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: Olaf Willoughby
Olaf enjoys an excellent relationship with Leica UK, being one of a number of photographers video interviewed about using the classic Leica M rangefinder camera. He is co-founder of a Facebook/website group called The Leica Meet. Started in Aug 2013, it now has almost 10,000 members. His work has been exhibited in the UK and the USA and he has authored articles for leading photography magazines and guest blogged on top photo websites. Olaf is a photographer and writer living in London. His work is about Pattern Detection. Exploring the ebb and flow of energy around us. It is also diverse, involving everything from advocacy to collaborative projects, from multiple exposures to street photography. In advocacy he has visted the Antarctic twice and authored a book titled, ‘Antarctica A Sense of Place’ which the WWF sent as an ebook to their global top 5,000 donors.
In 2016 with Eileen McCarney Muldoon, he’ll be co-teaching Visual Conversations workshops at Maine Media College, in New York and at Leica UK, plus running a Street Photography course in Brooklyn. They have also published 'Visualising Poetry', a book celebrating the power of words and images. Getting work out there is important. It was John Cage who said that he didn't feel his work actually existed until someone had heard it. Publishing a single image, showing a project in an exhibition, or seeing a book in print is exciting. As work comes to a fruition it marks an ending. And