EXHIBIT Closed on May 21st 2017

Juror: David H. Wells

Torn by Gary Mitchell

Chiaroscuro [kee-ahr-uh-skyoo-roh] is defined as "the distribution of light and shadow in an image" or " the use of deep variations and subtle gradations of light and shade, especially to en-hance the delineation of character and for general dramatic purposes". To the photo-grapher the play of light and shadow is the very essence of the medium.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:27 April 17
Artists' Reception:13 May 17 16:00
Exhibit Closes:21 May 17
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The many nuances and subtleties in the contrast of shadow and light are crucial in establishing a photographic narrative. Light can glow, dance, blaze, bounce and flash. It can be dim or radiant, brilliant or gloomy. Shadow can cut through an image like a blade or reveal an object in the finest gradients.

For this exhibition, we're looking for photographs that graphically illustrate the interplay of shadow and light, darkness and illumination. How have you utilized the relationship between light and shadow to create drama, emotion and nuance in your photos? Chiaroscuro is your opportunity to show off your photographic vision of darkness and light.

Juror’s Statement:

Jurying the Chiaroscuro work was a fascinating experience. A couple things struck me immediately. While color photography seems to be everywhere these days, the vast majority of the work that was submitted was in black and white (or at least that is what struck me.) With the theme being Chiaroscuro, as in "the distribution of light and shadow in an image,” that tendency towards black and white was not a complete surprise.

Having said that, the word Chiaroscuro usually references classical paintings, which were usually done in color. I did notice that the best images in this set (both color as well as black and white) often referenced classical paintings in terms of having lots of chunks of black, great beams of light and wonderful distributions of tones. The best color images generally had fairly subdued colors which is something you often see in classical paintings with great Chiaroscuro. Since my own work features a fair amount of Chiaroscuro and is mostly in color these days, I am not completely surprised that the imagery I was drawn to had those traits.

While the imagery I was drawn to had plenty of Chiaroscuro, the best images had something more. I passed over plenty of images that had great play of light and shadow, but the winning images were the ones that used dramatic light and shadow in support of some larger message. The images I selected for the show and especially the "Juror's Choice" and the three "Honorable Mentions” exemplify that. Each image has a great story within it, a story that is made much stronger by the use of Chiaroscuro. When I am out photographing that is what I too am looking for! I congratulate the winners whose work had that ideal balance of form and content, as in having beautiful Chiaroscuro and a great story within each image.

David H. Wells
Narrative Visuals

Juror's Choice

Gary Mitchell
Dayton, Ohio USA
Geometry of Shadows
Honorable Mention

Jolanta Mazur
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Agra Train Station, Dawn
Honorable Mention

Kip Harris
Indian Harbour, Nova Scotia Canada

Signs of a Time
Honorable Mention

Michael Jon Coleman
S. Burlington, VT USA
Afternoon Tea
People's Choice

John Eaton
Aptos, CA USA
Curved Heights

ali almumen
Kuwait City, Kuwait

Las Visit

Amanda Marie Harner
Damascus, Maryland USA
Nightscapes Vienna

Andreas Theologitis
Athens, Greece

Anita Sagastegui
Walnut Creek, Ca USA

Parallel Lines

Boba Fett
Remulak, Space France
Light Through Venetian Blinds

Bruce Berkow
New York, NY USA
by the sea

Carmen Spitznagel
Sandberg-Waldberg, Germany


Cynthia Morgan Batmanis
Houston, Texas USA
Silvester Day

Dalibor Slavenski
Time Passenger

Dalibor Slavenski

Which Way?

Dan Bronish
North Miami, Fl USA
seen from above number 5

dante diaz
los angeles, california USA
Morning Light - Kelsey

Dave Levingston
Springfield, Ohio USA


David Aimone
Saratoga Springs, NY USA
Curves and Shadows

Diane Kaye
Aptos, CA USA

Donna Hixson
Boca Raton, FL United States


Edward L. Rubin
Los Angeles, CA USA

Gabrielle Robinson
New York, New York USA
Woman with a Book

Geoffrey Agrons
Philadelphia, PA USA


Georg Worecki
Erpeldange, Luxembourg
The Train is on its Way

George Hamlin
Fairfax, Virginia USA
Morning Glory

James Kezman
Stuttgart, Germany

Sunset at ESP

Jim Turner
Silver Spring, Maryland United States

Joan M. Campbell
Toronto, ON Canada
Cornish Fair Tractor

John Flynn
White River Junction, VT USA


Juergen Voelkl
St. Poelten, Austria Europe
Grid Life

Juergen Voelkl
St. Poelten, Austria Europe
Tim Mei Avenue

Kelly McCann
Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Buying Bangles

Ken Dreyfack
Saugerties, NY USA
The Machine of Secrets - Verse 4

Lawrence Russ
Southport, CT USA
After Dinner

Liza Hennessey Botkin
Studio City, CA USA

Moonlit Moon Jar

Louise Parms
Bronx, New York USA
Behind the Green Door

Mark Allen Dierker
Dubuque, Iowa USA
Stepped Together

Mary Ciullo
Glen Head, NY USA

Oslo Night

Merethe Wessel-Berg
Oslo, Norway

Nei Valente
New York, NY United States
Solo In Blue

Nick Winkworth
Menlo Park, CA USA

Man on the Train

Norma McGehee Woodward
Fredericksburg, VA USA
The Farrier

Paul Ivanushka
Inglewood, CA USA
Fifth Avenue

Paul Kessel
New York, NY USA


Pere Ibañez
Barcelona, SPAIN
Rec Room

Pete McCutchen
Alexandria, VA USA
Old Fashioned Nighclothes

Rebecca Rothey

Cathedral Basilica of St Augustine

Rick Branscomb
Londonderry, New Hampshire United States
Neptune's Shadow

S.A. Hopkins
Glen Allen, Virginia USA
Tuscan Woman, Pietrasanta 1978

Stephan Brigidi
Bristol, Rhode island USA


Stephen Milne
Alliston, Ontario Canada
Tack Room Resident

Steve Knight
Baytown, TX USA
Not Yet Winter

Thom O'Connor
New York, NY USA

Juror: David H. Wells

David H. Wells is a visual storyteller whose photography and film making straddle the line between fine art and the documentary. His hybrid work is created on commercial assignment and through grant-funded projects Wells uses still, time-lapse, and moving images as well as audio to create award-winning narratives.He is affiliated with Aurora Photos, with past assignments for Life Magazine, National Geographic Magazine, the New York Times Magazine, and the Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine, to name a few. His work has been featured in solo exhibits at Brown University, U.C. Berkeley, and Harvard University. Wells has taught classes at the University of Pennsylvania and at the Maine Media Workshops. He is on the faculty of the International Center for Photography in NYC, He was featured in Photo District News as a "Best Workshop Instructor".

  • 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;
  • 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.