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.

DEADLINE September 25th, 2019 23:59 EST

A Photo Exhibition Open To All Residents Of The Town Of Essex And Essex Junction

Juror's Choice: Four Giraffes by Bruce Berkow

If you live in the town of Essex including the Village of Essex Junction we want to see . . .  your Essex for a celebratory  . . . exhibition at Darkroom Gallery. 

What is it about Essex, the town, and Essex Junction, the Village, that stand out in your mind, make them feel like home? Is it the fairgrounds, the big elm tree that marks the edge of Essex at Jericho or the old water tower on Route 15 where you first enter Essex when coming from Burlington? The park at Indian Brook? The Amtrak station? Or any one of the dozens of landmarks that dot the area? It's probably something more personal than that: the people you see every day in your neighborhood, the unique appearance of the street where you live, an especially attractive garden, dogs at play, children at play - the possibilities for photographic subjects are as endless as your vision and imagination.

You don't have to be an accomplished photographer or have expensive equipment; your cellphone and your eyes are all you need. Submit up to five images online, by email or drop them off with an entry form. We'll select at least one and display it at our reception. There's no cost to enter. You can provide your own print or have us make one for you for a nominal fee. All photos entered must be the work of the entrant. One exception: images of Essex past . . . so if you have historic photos of Essex including  Essex Junction we want to see and share them. 




The Details:

  • You don't need to be a resident of Essex.
  • Age doesn't matter. Minors will need a par­ent or guardian to submit their work.
  • All levels of photographic experience are welcome.
  • Submission deadline is 11:59pm October 2nd, 2019. All entries must be received by the deadline; no exceptions!
  • All selected prints will be displayed at Darkroom Gallery from October 22 - nov 2nd
  • All entries must be submitted on-line, by email or in operson entry form via any delivery method as long as they arrive on time.
  • Entries should be submitted as high quality JPGs no larger than 1280 pixels on the longest side.
  • You may submit your own prints as long as they are no larger than 11x14 inches, or you can have us make prints for you at a cost of $10 for 8x10 machine prints or $12 for 8x10 custom prints made at Darkroom Gallery
  • Entry is free.
  • All selected entries will be displayed on our website, as well as at the gallery
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EXHIBIT Closed on May 12th 2019
DEADLINE September 25th, 2019 23:59 EST

Juror: Amy Holmes George

A portrait! What could be more simple and more complex, more obvious and more profound.

Juror's Choice Self Destruction © Samantha Goss

The above quotation comes not from a photographer, but from 19th century French poet (and art critic) Charles Baudelaire. It's still an accurate observation, maybe even more incisive  with the many changes in image-making that have taken place since 1859.  In the age of the selfie and ubiquitous photos of people both famous and unknown it's sometimes hard to imagine a new way of presenting a human likeness, and yet photographers are doing it.  It's said that the portrait differs from the candid (or street) photo in that the subject of the portrait knows that she or he is being photographed, and even that caveat is no longer a hard and fast rule. 

For this exhibition we asked contributors to interpret the portrait in any way they chose. It could be a self portrait, a formal portrait, a from-the-hip shot of someone whose attention was caught, or even a random body part. Manipulation of the image was permitted as long as the primary subject was from a photographic source in any medium.  Thinking, or seeing, outside the box was very much encouraged, and many of the contributors stretched the concept of the portrait to the extreme. The result is an eclectic exhibit of creative approaches to photographing people (and one rooster). 

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Exhibit Opens:4 April 19
Artists' Reception:13 April 19 17:00
Exhibit Closes:12 May 19
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Juror's Statement:

"First, I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all the artists for sharing their personal vision in photography with me! You made my task as juror both challenging and rewarding. I was genuinely excited to discover so much diversity in approach and technique, along with rich, creative interpretations on such a traditional and timeless theme. It seems that photography, a medium of limitless possibilities, has enabled artists to refresh and also reinvent the familiar, long-standing conventions of portraiture. From quiet to compelling, simple to complex, curious to captivating—the works selected for this exhibition range widely in visual as well as conceptual exploration, conjuring stories that exist beyond the frame, surprising me over and over again with something unexpected."

- Amy Holmes George, March 2019


Self Destruction
Juror's Choice

Samantha Goss
Easley, SC United States
108/365/2017 :: My Love of Photography will Conquer My Fear of Being A Photographer.
Honorable Mention

Elena Bouvier
Philadelphia, PA USA
Honorable Mention

Frédéric Deschênes
Montréal, Québec Canada

Minds Eye
People's Choice
Honorable Mention

J. Felice Boucher
Brunswick, ME United States
Chester and His Frame, 2016

Albert George
CHICAGO, IL United States

Anita Sagastegui
Walnut Creek, Ca USA


Aubrey Guthrie II
Hurst, Texas USA
Godwin's Greek Grammar (Self-Portrait)

Bruce Berkow
New York, NY USA
The Days of Barefoot, Strange Love

Candi S. Kalinsky
Omaha, Nebraska USA

Secret Club (from the Card Games series)

Catherine Fairchild
Houston, Texas USA
Johanna Butt. 1stLt. Army Nurse Corp. 1943–1946.

D. Clarke Evans
San Antonio, TX USA
Thomas Whetstone. SSgt. U.S. Army, 1942-1946.

D. Clarke Evans
San Antonio, TX USA


Danielle L Goldstein
NEW YORK, NY United States

David Aimone
Saratoga Springs, NY USA
Sam Ambler

Edward L. Rubin
Los Angeles, CA USA

235/366/2016 :: Fear Smells Bad.

Elena Bouvier
Philadelphia, PA USA

Émili Bermúdez
Tacoronte, Santa Cruz de Tenerife Spain
Queer in Utah 1

Fazilat Soukhakian
Bountiful, Utah USA

Portrait in modern times

Federico Odello
Milano, Milano Italy

Florin Ion Firimita
Winchester, CT United States
Bed Head

Grant Moxley
Walton, Kentucky USA

In Transit.

Grant Moxley
Walton, Kentucky USA
The Monster Under the Bed is Me

Holly Thompson
New Braunfels, TX USA
The Dancing Shushis of Qeshm Island

Huda Abdulmughni
Salam, Kuwait


Jacquelyn Hazel
Flagstaff, Az USA
Snake Boy

Jeff Dannay
Scottsdale, AZ United States
Untitled Byzantium

Jeff Mark Leavitt
Santa Monica, California USA

Pure Beauty

Jim Gabbard
Fort Wayne, Indiana USA
Raul Julia

Judy Brown
Natick, MA USA
JuJuB & Jasper

Julie Hamel
Loudon, NH USA


Julie Hamel
Loudon, NH USA
You Don't Know What You're Capable Of

Kate Miller-Wilson
Hanover, MN USA
Soft Serve

Kelly Ciurej
Honolulu, HI USA

In the Land of Strangers

Lawrence Russ
Southport, CT USA
Street Portrait, Addis Ababa

Li Shen
Thetford Center, Vermont USA
Mobile Portrait

Li Shen
Thetford Center, Vermont USA

Spark Face

Lisa A Cuchara
Hamden, CT United States
Chelsea Elevator

Liza Hennessey Botkin
Studio City, CA USA
Self Portrait

Matt Sims
Grapevine, TX United States

Man with Turban

Michael Matthews
Berlin, Brandenburg Germany
Molly 2018

Michael Potts
Phoenix, AZ USA

Mildred Alpern
New York, New York USA

Self Portrait

Nadide Goksun
Scarsdale, New York United States
Hula Hoop Queen

Natalie Fay Green
Bethesda, MD USA

paul greenberg
dallas, TX USA

Under the Influence

Peggy Reynolds
Essex Jct., VT USA
Tour bus driver

Philip Goodman
Dallas, Texas USA
Carlos Colorín. Havana, Cuba. 2018.

Ron Cooper
Englewood, CO USA

Mom and Baby. Near Pisac, Peru. 2018.

Ron Cooper
Englewood, CO USA
Water Portrait - Barbara

Russ Rowland

Samantha Goss
Easley, SC United States

Unfaded Touch

Samantha Goss
Easley, SC United States

Steve Lease
Doylestown, PA USA
Barbaric Glass No.31

Susan Keiser
Beacon, NY USA

A Dead Rose

William Earle
Coatesville, Pa USA


Amy Holmes George, who lives near Dallas, Texas, is a fine art photographer and the past Executive Director of Texas Photographic Society (2013-2018). As a former tenured professor of photography and digital media at Stephen F. Austin State University, Amy has also held teaching appointments at Collin College, Baylor University and University of North Texas. Amy is a recent member of the National Board of Directors of the Society for Photographic Education (2013-2017) and a 2008 Fulbright grant recipient. She earned an MFA in photography from Clemson University and a BFA cum laude in photography and graphic design from Miami University.

Exhibited widely throughout the U.S. as well as in Italy, England, France and China, Amy's work has been featured in over one hundred exhibitions and is housed in several permanent collections, including The Getty, The Kinsey Institute and the Fratelli Alinari Museum in Florence, Italy. Her work has been published in a variety of texts, including the third edition of The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes [Christopher James, 2015]; Gum Printing and other Amazing Contact Printing Processes [Christina Z. Anderson, 2013]; and the fifth edition of Exploring Color Photography: From Film to Pixels [Robert Hirsch, 2010].  


  • 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 an 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.

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