Exhibits

The title Con[text] itself is a play on words "con" meaning with in Spanish and "text" referring to any written language.  Literal context is added to an image with the addition of words, numbers, letters.  Shots of billboards, graffiti, headstones or even the illusion of a letter or word counts.  The following examples have been shown at Darkroom Gallery in past exhibitions or provided by juror Tim Clark.
 

 © William Horton "The Perfect Perch"William Horton's The Perfect Perch is a perfect example of text naturally occurring and re-instating the origins of a subject. It adds a richness to the image and authenticates the windmill.


©Barbara Dombach "Sparrow"Barbara Dombach's The Sparrow is an example of two different kinds of text within the same image, handwriting is juxtaposed with the typeface of "June" in this dream-like image.

 

© Sean Stewart "Comfortable Alley no34"Sean Stewart's Comfortable Alley no34 is an example of an image with symbols that do not have legible words but the viewer knows they have meaning, obstruction of this meaning makes the photograph all the more mysterious. As this can also be true for text in a different language.

 © EJ Major, from the series Love is..... (published in issue 17 of 1000 Words Photography Magazine)

EJ Major, from the series Love is..... (published in issue 17 of 1000 Words Photography Magazine) is an example of collage. The artist took 2 found objects, in this case, mail and a iconic photograph and played them off one another along with a handwritten addition, it tells a unique story with all these multi layers at play.

 © Harold Ross "Flying Fish"

Harold Ross's "Flying Fish" is an example of a hidden symbol within an image. Can you see the letter T in this photograph? Do you think this is a happy mistake or a consious choice of Ross?

© Hugh Jones "Alice in Wonderland"

Hugh Jones' Alice in Wonderland is an example of numbers or letters creating an overall texture or pattern, adding another layer of meaning to the image.

© Fritzi Newton "If Doors Could Talk"

Fritzi Newton's If Doors Could Talk is an example of documentary photography that just so happens to have fragments of words in the found scene. When you are walking around with your camera you must capture some signage or logos in your shots, this is fair game for Con[text].

©Roz Leibowitz "Annie Julia or Life After Death"

Roz Leibowitz's Annie Julia or Life After Death is a construction of a taken image along with the artist's written word. This is indicative of the dadaist movement, informing the viewer of a specific context to analyze the image.

Juror: Craig Blacklock

Juror's Choice Masked Figure #2

©Thomas Pickarski

"We are the children of our landscape."  - Lawrence Durrell

The land is always with us and we are a part of it, like it or not. From almost the very beginning human activity has had an influence on the natural landscape, sometimes subtle and sometimes blatantly destructive. The observation that the earth is now going through rapid changes is hard to refute. Though there's still some controversy over how much human activity is contributing to environmental change it's happening, and we as photographers are in the unique position of being able to document what was, what is, and what is to become.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Submissions Close: 27 October 19 23:59 EST
Selections Announced: by 2 November 19
On-Line Check-in Due: 17 November 19
Work Receipt Deadline: 3 December 19
Exhibit Opens: 6 December 19
Artists' Reception: 14 December 19 16:00
Exhibit Closes: 12 January 20
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The Darkroom Gallery Difference

For This Land we asked for photos that express the connectivity of the individual, the photographer, to the world around. What do you see when you're hiking in the mountains or taking a walk in a city park?  How do you see it - through the scope of a wide angle lens or through details selectively framed? We looked for the photographer's expression of his/her connection to the land as well as her/his vision of their personal landscape.

 

 

 

 

Juror's Statement

"What a pleasure it has been to travel the world’s exotic locations and through intimately-known fields, forests and cities via your photographs. In selecting images, I was rather ruthless in rejecting some otherwise wonderful images because they had either a blatant technical issue, such as clipped highlights or a compositional mistake that could have been avoided, such as the top of a head lining up with a horizon line. I also tended to reject images that were simply cute or cliché’s (unless REALLY well done). I retained those that spoke deeply to me about the beauty of the world, or that got me thinking about our relationship to the earth. There were several environmental degradation images that I would have included if they had been stronger in image quality. As you will see from my final selection, I have rather eclectic tastes when viewing others’ works. Each image in the final selection stands on its own with a clear understanding of the photographer’s emotional connection to the scene."

Craig Blacklock,

Moose Lake, MN  October, 2019

 


Masked Figure no. 2
Juror's Choice

Thomas Pickarski
New York, New York USA
Sci-Fi Book Cover
Honorable Mention

Avian Cyclops
Galveston, Texas USA
Mystical Bagan
Honorable Mention

Jeff Dannay
Scottsdale, AZ United States

Landscape no. 29 (New Mexico)
Honorable Mention

Thomas Pickarski
New York, New York USA
Hachijojima, Japan

Alan W Black
Glasgow, UK
Rider in the snow

Anita Schiedeck
Nürnberg, Germany

Solitude On Teal

Avian Cyclops
Galveston, Texas USA
Rain Delay

Avian Cyclops
Galveston, Texas USA
Farm Aireal

Charter Weeks
Barrington, NH USA

Nevaehlleh at South Coyote Buttes II

Dave Levingston
Springfield, Ohio USA
Rapids in Rocks

Dennis Staffne
Marquette, MI USA
Tiny Pool

Eric R Allard
Williston, VT United States

Shrouded Sunrise

Eric R Allard
Williston, VT United States
Valley Vista

Eric R Allard
Williston, VT United States
Enchanted Forest

George S. Gati
Beekman, NY USA

Evening in Shanghai

Ilya Trofimenko
Dresden, Sachsen Germany
Mysterious Yellow Mountains

Ilya Trofimenko
Dresden, Sachsen Germany
Impression, lake in the forest

Ilya Trofimenko
Dresden, Sachsen Germany

Winter Calm

James Meldrum
Beloit, WI USA
Sunset at Horseshoe Bend

Jeff Dannay
Scottsdale, AZ United States
Pronghorn Contemplation

Jeff Dannay
Scottsdale, AZ United States

Dead Creek, Addison, VT 2019

Jennifer Miles
Georgia, VT USA
Glacier Bridge Collapse

Jim Squires
St Simons Island, GA United States
First Summer Snow

John Flynn
White River Junction, VT USA

Forest Green

Judith Monteferrante
Scottsdale, AZ USA
Yosemite Spring Snow

Judith Monteferrante
Scottsdale, AZ USA
Great Blue Heron at Sunset in Nashaquitsa Pond

Julie O'Connor
Weston, CT USA

Menemsha Bluffs

Julie O'Connor
Weston, CT USA
Leap Of Faith

Katrina Mojzesz
South Royalton, VT USA
In Need Of Salvation

Keith Thurman
Jackson, MS USA

Street Party

Keith Thurman
Jackson, MS USA
Icelandic Horses

KEN TREVOR
LONDON, LONDON UNITED KINGDOM
One Tree Hill

KEN TREVOR
LONDON, LONDON UNITED KINGDOM

This Is Home

KEN TREVOR
LONDON, LONDON UNITED KINGDOM
Young Crops Under Storm Clouds

KEN TREVOR
LONDON, LONDON UNITED KINGDOM
Lot for Lease, Light Rain

Lawrence Russ
Southport, CT USA

Summer on the Harbor: Construction, Power Plant, Rendering Plant, Dandelions

Lawrence Russ
Southport, CT USA
Through the Grasses

Mildred Alpern
New York, New York USA
Bodie Ghost Town

Mitch Johnson
Mesa, AZ USA

Earth to Sky

Nance Knauer
Minneapolis, MN United States
Gunflint Trail View #3

Nance Knauer
Minneapolis, MN United States
Alteration

Nancy Stalnaker Bundy
Minneapolis, MN USA



Nawfal Jirjees
Dubai, Non UAE


Nawfal Jirjees
Dubai, Non UAE
TIMES-SQUARE

paul greenberg
dallas, TX USA

Day Seven

Peggy Reynolds
Essex Jct., VT USA
El Capitan

Peggy Reynolds
Essex Jct., VT USA
Winter Arrives

Rich Vogel
Andover, MA USA

Sea of Trees

Robert Nowak
Bothell, Washington USA
Lone Larch

Stephen Milne
Alliston, Ontario Canada
Tree with Mural

Steven Millman
Boynton Beach, FL USA

Boundries

Steven Millman
Boynton Beach, FL USA
Landscape no. 21 (Iceland)

Thomas Pickarski
New York, New York USA
Emerald Spring Confessional

wilson hurst
warrensburg, missouri USA

Fumaroles

wilson hurst
warrensburg, missouri 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 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: Craig Blacklock

Craig Blacklock is an internationally recognized fine art landscape photographer specializing in the interface of land and water. While he has photographed over much of the country, most of Blacklock’s 18 books have focused on wild areas of Lake Superior. His newest book, ST. CROIX & NAMEKAGON RIVERS — The Enduring Gift, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, with the title essay by Vice President Walter F. Mondale, who as a senator, co-sponsored the Act. Blacklock’s photographs are widely exhibited, and included in many collections, including the Tweed Museum of Art and the Minnesota Marine Art Museum. His many awards include a Minnesota Book Award, 3 IPPYs, two PubWest Book Design Awards, many Midwest Book Awards, a Pinnacle Book Award, and an International Color Award (2nd place book category), and he was the 2018 recipient of the George Morrison Award from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council. As a workshop instructor and lecturer, Craig has influenced thousands of photographers across the country.

 

EXHIBIT Closed on August 16th 2015
Juror: Nissan N. Perez

Juror's Choice: Marv Freedman, 1989 by Don Unrau from Portland, OR USA
Juror's Choice: Marv Freedman, 1989 
by Don Unrau from Portland, OR USA"

Conflict and resolution, photography that documents the dynamic power-struggles in our world and conversely, the moments of calm.

Humankind is in a constant state of conflict. As described by the famous Karl Marx theory: society is in a state of perpetual conflict due to competition for limited resources.  One can see that is true if you simply watch a broadcast news program. 

From civil rights, to gay rights to global terrorism, our world is a bubbling cauldron of adversarial commotion. And it seems it has always been this way. History textbook pages merely skim the surface when if comes to wars and hypocrisy. Cultural misunderstandings, power-struggles and discrimination easily erupt into violence.  

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:23 July 15
Artists' Reception:14 August 15 17:30
Exhibit Closes:16 August 15
War and Peace
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

Darkroom Gallery called for photography that investigates the relationship between conflict and photography, exploring the types of photographs created during turmoil, as well the times of peace. We are interested in the progression of war: from the acts that instigate armed conflict to “the fight,” to victory and defeat, and photos that memorialize a time, its combatants, and its victims. Images playing with symbolism and allegory are well suited for this exhibit.

We ask you to think outside the box. This theme of conflict can be expressed intimately, quietly behind civilian curtains as well as on the battlefield. 

Juror's Statement:

Although there are distinct kinds, war is commonly defined as a state of armed conflict between different nations or states or different groups within a nation or state. Most of us would agree that war is not a necessity. It is not even an indispensable option. It is often the choice of a certain category of leaders who recur to it for personal/political/nationalist reasons and to assert their leadership through a demonstration of power by fomenting conflict. In the process those who suffer most are men and nature. The victims of war are not only the dead but also the survivors who carry the trauma and scars for the rest of their life.

As an accurate visual memory photography has the power to disturb when presented in the context of armed conflict, even if it does not depict death and devastation. While reviewing the submissions for this competition I realized that most photographers addressed and expressed mainly the human facet of the aftermath of war, its physical and emotional devastating effects. Therefore my selection was an attempt to assemble a group of works that would also yield an exhibition with an internal logic.

Let us pray and hope that at least the future generations will not have to go through the horrors of war. Without wars peace will become a simple fact of life. 

Dr. Nissan N. Perez


Marv Freedman, 1989
Juror's Choice

Don Unrau
Portland, OR United States
Mallavi, Northern Sri Lanka, 2011.
Honorable Mention

Ashok Sinha
New York, NY USA
Orphans of War
Honorable Mention

Fran Meckler
San Francisco, Ca USA

Kyaw Thura, Releasing Myanmar's Child Soldiers
Honorable Mention
SOLD

Spike Johnson
Houston, Texas USA
Genocide
People's Choice

Fran Meckler
San Francisco, Ca USA
Eyes of the Conflict

Amir Lavon
Afula, Israel Israel

Fenced Childhood

Amir Lavon
Afula, Israel Israel
Big Red One Memorial in Czech Republic

Anita Schiedeck
Nürnberg, Germany
Generation

Art Murphy
Catskill, NY USA

S-21: Classrooms/Cells

Arthur Kobin
Pacifica, California USA
Pooneryn, Northern Sri Lanka 2011.

Ashok Sinha
New York, NY USA
Scabbed

Brad Patocka
Horseheads, New York USA

Wounded War Veteran, Hiroshima

Charter Weeks
Barrington, NH USA
I Dream of My Two Brothers

Cynthia Bittenfield
New York, NY USA
She said to Stay Alive, I Promised.

Cynthia Bittenfield
New York, NY USA

Orlando Martinez, 1986

Don Unrau
Portland, OR United States
Gerry Gergen, 1987

Don Unrau
Portland, OR United States
John Hamlin, 1988

Don Unrau
Portland, OR United States

Joan Duffy Newberry, 1989

Don Unrau
Portland, OR United States
Life goes on...

Fran Meckler
San Francisco, Ca USA
Shelter

Fran Meckler
San Francisco, Ca USA

Aftermath

Fran Meckler
San Francisco, Ca USA
The History of Warsaw

Harry Longstreet
Bainbridge Island, WA USA
Up Against the Wall

Joan Brook
Boone, NC USA

Orphan Girl, Managua, Nicaragua

John Banasiak
Vermillion, SD USA
Girls Orphanage, Managua, Nicaragua

John Banasiak
Vermillion, SD USA
First Aid

John Comito
Heartland, TEXAS USA

Memorial, Maj Johnson, Tikrit, 2007

John Comito
Heartland, TEXAS USA
Orgun School Girl

John Comito
Heartland, TEXAS USA
Sharing

John Comito
Heartland, TEXAS USA

Smile

John Comito
Heartland, TEXAS USA
Kurdish Man with Acid Burn

Keith Shapiro
Lemont, PA USA
Soldier and Son

Margaret LeJeune
Peoria, IL USA

Brothers, Vietnam '71

Mark Melnick
Palm Desert, CA USA
Graziani’s Fence, (270 kilometer barbed-wire fence), near Jaghbub, Libya

Matthew Arnold
New York, NY USA
Veteran on the March to the Capital

Michael Sullivan
Madison, WI USA

Remembrance

Mildred Alpern
New York, New York USA
Distress Signal

Peggy Reynolds
Essex Jct., VT USA
Diversion. Refugee Camp

Sandra Chen Weinstein
Lake Forest, CA USA

Dine Su, Releasing Myanmar's Child Soldiers

Spike Johnson
Houston, Texas USA
When the War Came Home

Timo Evon
Burlington, VT USA
Overtaking History

Tom Sliter
Washington, DC 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, 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:  Nissan N. Perez

Currently Vice-President of the Shpilman Institute for Photography (SIP) in Tel Aviv, in his previous position he worked for over 37 years as Senior Curator of Photography at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem where he conceived and created the department of photography and its extensive collection of over 120,000 items.

In his curatorial career he conceived and curated over 180 exhibitions in Israel and Worldwide and published a substantial number of books, catalogs and articles.

In addition Perez currently teaches graduate courses and seminars at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, The Ben Gourion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, and at the Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain.

His studies were in psychology, philosophy and art history at the Hebrew University and he ultimately obtained a PhD from the University of Brighton, UK. At the start of his career in photography he was trained for two years first in Paris under the renowned expert and collector Gérard Lévy and at the Société Française de Photographie, then in London at the Royal Photographic Society and the V&A, followed by a one year internship at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY.

Prior to his tenure at the Israel Museum he worked for many years as a professional photographer specialized in advertising and public relations while also devoting time to personal creative photography.

Perez was born in Istanbul, Turkey, educated in French schools and immigrated to Israel in 1967 where he built his life and career in photography.

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