EXHIBIT Closed on November 6th 2016

Juror: Russell Joslin

Juror's Choice: Notes from Underground
Ralph Hassenpflug
Camden, ME USA

What is it that haunts you?

 We all have things that seem to follow us around… memories, artifacts from the past, our successes and failures, objects and relics with special meaning, fleeting glimpses from the corner of an eye.  And for us photographers there are the unexplained flashes of light, streaks, and ghostly figures that sometimes appear in our images that sometimes defy logical explanation.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:13 October 16
Artists' Reception:28 October 16 17:30
Exhibit Closes:6 November 16
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

A fascination with things that "aren't there" except on film goes back to nearly the beginning of photography.  Think of the spirit photography and the depiction of "fairies" in the Victorian era; yes, they were cleverly (and sometimes not cleverly) faked but they nonetheless are capable of arousing a certain creepy feeling.
For this exhibition we're challenging you to send us your interpretations of what it is that you find to be haunting.  The creepy and Gothic is welcome, but your submission doesn't have to be ghostly or the somber; we can just as easily be haunted by happy events, things we just can't forget, like the melody of a favorite song we can't get out of our heads. For this exhibit you can let your imagination take over.

Juror's Statement:

As someone who leans toward skepticism when it involves matters of the supernatural, I often consider that which is “haunted” as being the interior traces of my memories of people, places, and/or experiences that I haven’t let go of. In other words, for me a “haunting” is interior, psychological, and personal, not exterior (as in ghosts or spirits of unknown others that inhabit an old hotel or house). As Stephen King says, “Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.” Whatever one believes, it can be said that such matters traditionally makes fertile ground for storytelling. In terms of photography—a medium that is largely dependent upon reality—such concepts are often expressed or symbolically utilized by a variety of effects (motion, blur, manipulation of light, etc.) in an attempt to visually express the suggested or non-visible. For this exhibition, I viewed a compelling variety of interpretations and approaches to the theme Haunted to arrive at the selection you see here. In the end, I hope that viewers will not only consider the photographs before them, but what haunts them personally as well.  

 Russell Joslin, September 13, 2016


Notes from Underground
Juror's Choice

Ralph Hassenpflug
Camden, ME USA
Honorable Mention

Rashed Haq
Houston, TX USA
Guardian of the Coup
People's Choice

katy tuttle
Issaquah, Washington USA

House of Voodoo

Alan W Black
Glasgow, UK
Abandoned Croft, Scotland

Alan W Black
Glasgow, UK
Untitled (Transference #2)

Ally Christmas
Athens, GA USA

Misthaven #7

Amy Kanka Valadarsky
Santa Monica, CA USA
Misthaven #32

Amy Kanka Valadarsky
Santa Monica, CA USA

Angee Manns
Columbia, MO USA

Riverside Park October Night 1

Barbara Ehlers
New York, New York United States
Through Trial and Tribulation

Candi S. Kalinsky
Omaha, Nebraska USA
Inside Out, Disarranged

Candi S. Kalinsky
Omaha, Nebraska USA

Cercopithecus Ascanius

Catherine Marcogliese
The edge of tomorrow

christian spencer
croydon, vic Australia
Naraka - Buddhist Hell #07

Claude Peschel Dutombe
Bangkok, Thailand

Naraka - Buddhist Hell #14

Claude Peschel Dutombe
Bangkok, Thailand

Conrad Pressma
Louisville, KY USA
It was the last time..

Dawn Watson
Hastings on Hudson, NY USA

In the Beginning

Diane Fenster
Pacifica, California (CA) USA
Untitled from the series "How I feel these days"

Dimo Dimov
Sofia, Bulgaria
Cotton Hollow

Eric Rennie
Cromwell, CT USA

After the Party

Ibai Rigby
Austin, Texas USA
After the Party

Ibai Rigby
Austin, Texas USA

Jeannie Hutchins
Camden, Maine USA

Almost (self portrait)

Jen Juranek
Austin, TX United States
Orleans Haunting_I (now that i have lost you)

Jenny Papalexandris
Kiama Heights, NSW Australia
Orleans Haunting_III (now that i have lost you)

Jenny Papalexandris
Kiama Heights, NSW Australia

Final Exam

Jim Kohatsu
Long Beach, CA USA
Noir Street

Jim Kohatsu
Long Beach, CA USA

Jocelyn Young
Placentia, CA USA


Julie Hamel
Loudon, NH USA
Window Guest

Kathleen Sandklev
Holmdel, NJ USA

Keith Livers
Austin, TX USA

Manifestation of Spirit Mound

Leah Schretenthaler
Lafayette, Indiana United States

Leah Schretenthaler
Lafayette, Indiana United States
The Bride

Lisa Sieczka
Ann Arbor, Michigan USA

Faces in the Window

Marty Cohen
Carmel, CA USA

Merethe Wessel-Berg
Oslo, Norway

Merethe Wessel-Berg
Oslo, Norway

Empty Arms

Mildred Alpern
New York, New York USA
Headless Jen

Mireya Salinas
Copperas Cove, Texas USA

paula rae gibson


Rachel Orue
Niles, MI USA

Ralph Hassenpflug
Camden, ME USA

Rashed Haq
Houston, TX USA


Shannon Wilkinson
Saratoga Springs, UT USA
Forgotten Roots

Stephen Milne
Alliston, Ontario Canada
BardoUntitlred #3

stuart zalka
brooklyn, NY USA

The Last Wave By No.21

Susan Keiser
Beacon, NY USA
Strange Figures

Suzan Mandla
Ottawa, Ontario Canada
Day Dreams

Tim Schroll
Carol Stream, Illinois 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, a free exhibition catalog and will also receive a signed copy of juror Russell Joslin's book BLACK FOREST: Four Visible Poems (http://www.russelljoslin.com/blackforest.html)..
  • 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: Russell Joslin 

About his work: It is commonly believed that the primary function of dreams is to psychologically balance and compensate for matters left unsettled during our waking hours. In the dream world, the censors of our mind dissipate and the material in our heads becomes fluid and nonlinear—our past memories, fears and desires all surface symbolically, revealing to us a deeper understanding of ourselves. Metaphorically, this is how I have come to understand my photographic work. I see my photographs as visual manifestations of my subconscious mind—images that bypass intellectualization to reveal authentic feeling.

Bio: Russell Joslin has worked primarily in photography beginning in the early 90s. His work has been internationally published and exhibited in numerous solo and group shows. In addition to being a photographer, he is the Editor & Publisher of SHOTS Magazine, an independent, reader-supported quarterly journal of fine art photography that reaches an international audience. His first book, Black Forest, is now available from Candela Books. He lives and works in Minneapolis, Minnesota.