EXHIBIT Closed on September 11th 2016

Juror: Lance Keimig

Join Lance Keimig for Light Painting: A Night Photography Workshop at the Darkroom Gallery September 10th- September 11th, 2016

Repetition #4 I by Cindy Crane
Juror's Choice: Repetition #4 I by Cindy Crane

Mind-bending magical photography can be conjured through a multitude of processes.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:18 August 16
Artists' Reception:9 September 16 17:30
Exhibit Closes:11 September 16
Optics Illusioned
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The Darkroom Gallery Difference

Photography utilizing optical illusion is something that will always leave a viewer perplexed: questioning ones eyes. We all know the classic young girl turning into an old lady portrait, or sets of geometric figures that turn out to be of a different size than it appeared. Optical illusions are images that differ from the objective reality. Darkroom gallery is calling for images that are perplexing, that deal with foreshortening, vanishing points, sandwiching negatives or the unique mash up of subjects. These can be attained by a variance of processes; from physically meticulous studio setups, to spontaneously captured works of luck, and ones hugely composed in post.

This exhibit also calls out to the masters of "Light Photography Movement". For those of you who are unfamiliar with the process Light Painting Photography can be broken down into 3 general categories. The first is Light Drawing this is where the light source can be seen by the camera, during a long exposure the artist uses this light source to draw or create a design within the frame. The second category is Kinetic Light Painting, for this light painting technique the lights in the scene generally remain stationary while the camera itself is moved about during a long exposure to create color and design within the frame. The third category is Light Painting, this is where the artist uses handheld light sources to selectively illuminate parts of a scene during a long exposure photograph. Juror Lance Keimig reminds us, "The word photography translates literally from the Greek as light writing."
We are looking for works that defy our sense of vision and test our reigns of reality whether that be a post composite work, a physical manipulation or something in between. Keep the viewer wondering: however did they do that?

Juror's Statement:

There was a wide breadth of entries, as might be expected from the enigmatic theme. The entires varied widely in quality, subject, and technique, and also in interpretation of the concept. There were a number of outstanding images that didn’t really match the theme, and unfortunately had to be left out of the exhibit. There were multiple exposures and composites, and images that worked on a conceptual and/or a visual level. There were many night images and a number of light painting images as well. The images that I responded to the most not only fit the theme of the show, but also made a strong visual impact and had me wondering how they were made. I was glad to see a number of people working in series, or what seemed to be ongoing projects because this demonstrated the people were exploring the concepts and ideas of the theme. One thing that stood out was that there were very few “straight” images, or ones that were created entirely in camera. Jurgen Lobert’s “Warping Reflections”, and Ginny Newton’s “Skatepark” were great examples of confounding imagery created entirely in camera. Congratulations to all who entered and to those in the exhibit. Please remember that the exhibit is based on the subjective interpretation of one individual- it does not mean that your work wasn’t excellent.

-Lance Keimig      
  • 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: Lance Keimig

Lance Keimig is best known for his night photographs, which are often made at the juncture of the built and natural environments. His book, Night Photography- Finding Your Way In The Dark was published by Focal Press in August of 2010, and has been translated into 6 languages. A revised and expanded second edition was published in July of 2015.

He has taught at the New England School of Photography in Boston since 2000, and has also taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The Photographic Resource Center at Boston University, The Houston Center for Photography, and leads independent workshops across the country.  Russell Brown, senior creative director for Adobe, said that Keimig may well be “one of the finest photography instructors on the planet.”

Keimig is a frequent speaker and workshop instructor for photographic events around the country. He has presented and taught at the Photo Plus Expo in New York, and was a featured speaker and workshop instructor at Estudio Brasil in Saõ Paulo, Brazil. He has lectured and taught for the Scottish Photographers Association in Glasgow, The School of Visual Arts in NY, B&H Event Space, and The New England Camera Club Council among others. 

Keimig continues to teach night photography and light painting workshops around the country, and also leads photo tours to Iceland, Ireland, Scotland, and Cuba. His work has taken him to such far flung places as Zimbabwe where he did documentary photography for a medical mission, the Philippines to photograph a museum collection, and Japan where he photographed Buddhist temples. His photographs are held in numerous collections including The Art Complex Museum In Duxbury, MA, The Boston Athenaeum, The Boston Public Library, and the The Grace Museum in Abilene, TX.

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