Exhibits

EXHIBIT Closed on July 17th 2016

Juror: Tim Booth


Juror's Choice: Entwined
by 
Gary Mitchell from Dayton, Ohio USA

Hands and feet, examined and depicted though the medium of photography. 

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:23 June 16
Artists' Reception:8 July 16 17:30
Exhibit Closes:17 July 16
Manus et Pedibus
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

The hand: we uses it as a tool, as a symbol, and as a weapon. A whole literature of legend, folklore, superstition, and myth has been built up around the human hand. As an organ of performance it serves as eyes for the blind, the hearing impaired and mute talk with it, and it has become a symbol of salutation, supplication, and condemnation. The hand has played a part in the creative life of every known society, and it has come to be symbolic or representative of the whole person in art, in drama, and in music.

Juror Tim Booth devotes a series of works to photographing hands called A Show of Hands: "With hands from all corners of society, from builders to world class musicians, artists to grave-diggers...For some they are just tools, blunt instruments that enable them to achieve a desired result. For others their relationship with their hands goes beyond the mere physical, to a more esoteric connection, where in many cases the hands are a conduit through which intentions, and indeed feeling, can be passed from the mind to their task, be it labour, art, sport, music or craft."

Much in the same way that hands play a vital role in defining human nature and brilliance, feet also provide a imperative purpose. They transport us from place to place and allow us to dance. Our upright heel-toe, heel-toe is taken for granted once we get the hang of it, ask any parent of a toddler you know and the moment a baby takes their first step cannot be more magical or transcendent.

Darkroom Gallery is calling for photography that captures the many different uses and appearances of hands and feet. We are looking for images that not only capture these body parts in unique or all too familiar circumstances but also the handiwork and destruction that they leave behind. Foot trails, fingerprints, handmade objects, tools worn dull, paths of destruction as well as bountiful creation are all fair game for this exhibition. From soles to palms and shoe collections to lost mittens, we want to see the many uses, abuses and fetishes that hands and feet have come to know.

Juror's Statement:

Overall I was very impressed with submissions. The range of concepts was broad, even if some of them did go a tad off brief!
The selection for the show was not as hard as I had imagined, and everyone who made it through should be very pleased.
Picking the juror’s choice was of course the hardest task of all. From the fifty selected images there were twelve images that I agonised over. In the end I had to choose one that I felt most strongly fulfilled the brief.
This of course meant that a few images I’d hoped to shortlist for Juror’s Choice I had to pass on. I would love to critique all 50 of the ‘Picked’ images of course.

Juror’s Choice: Entwined
I love this image because it makes such a powerful point. Here we have a naked couple lying on top of one another, noses touching in a moment of extreme intimacy, and yet it is their clasped hands that show the true bond and communication that’s going on between them. Despite the content it’s not remotely sexual, or even sensual really, it just shows that touching and hold or clasping hands is a stronger and more honest form of communication than anything else, and is so easy to empathize with.

Honorable Mentions: Step Sleep
A gorgeous image with a strong narrative. It’s beautifully balanced and shows the hands and feet together in a more powerful way than any of the other work. I love the vulnerability of the story and the strength of the feet that have walked so many miles.

Don’t Let Your Books Gather Dust
This I’d want on my wall. It’s animated and yet still, nicely processed and toned without being over fiddled with, perfectly composed and balanced. This came so close to being my Juror’s Choice because it has so much heart, and only missed it by a fraction as I felt that whilst being a beautiful image, it wasn’t quite on brief enough.

Scream
Now I’m not a great fan of digital manipulation/fantasy images, but this composition says a lot. We can gag ourselves, hold as much in as we dare, but our hands will always give the game away and let our voice out. At least that’s what I get from this. It’s well executed and lit, simple and yet powerful.

I think all fifty finalists are winners.

Tim Booth


Entwined
Juror's Choice
SOLD

Gary Mitchell
Dayton, Ohio USA
Step Sleep
Honorable Mention

Robert Moore
Dallas, TX USA
Don't Let Your Books Gather Dust
People's Choice

Sue Henry
Nolensville, Tennessee USA

Scream
Honorable Mention

Trevor Shingler
Daytona beach, Florida United States
Creative Hands

Ashley Sheppard
Crescent City, Florida USA
The Weakness Is In the Want 2

Candi S. Kalinsky
Omaha, Nebraska USA

Christine

Christine Miess
Vienna, Austria
Zapotec Hands

Dane Strom
Ajijic, Jalisco Mexico
1+1x2

e andrew bartel
New York, NY USA

gulliver's travels

e andrew bartel
New York, NY USA
Dona Miguelina

Felipe Gavioli
São Paulo, SP Brazil
Monotype #3

George Pennington
Southborough, MA USA

Living Room Fort

Holly Thompson
New Braunfels, TX USA
Strength in Solitude (7)

Jody Berns
Highland Park, Illinois USA
Tõnis Malkov (Hands of A Jewelry artist)

Jun Ishikura
Yokohama, Kanagawa Japan

Mudra (Phoebe; Congress x High)

Karen Merritt
., Maine USA
Prayer (Phoebe; Congress x High)

Karen Merritt
., Maine USA
Be with me

Lacourt Guillaume
Bangrak, Bangkok Thailand

Magical Hands, Philadelphia

Len Speier
New York, NY USA
Levitation

Mark Allen Dierker
Dubuque, Iowa USA
Waiting for Einstein

Mark Melnick
Palm Desert, CA USA

Sharpen

Marty Cohen
Carmel, CA USA
Los Dedos

Mary Ciullo
Glen Head, NY USA
Morning Alms

Michael Trupiano
Abiquiu, New Mexico United States

Lacquerware Beginnings

Michael Trupiano
Abiquiu, New Mexico United States
Dueling Instruments

Mildred Alpern
New York, New York USA
A Traditional Emiratee dance

Mohammed Munir El Kadi
Abu Dhabi, AUH United Arab Emirates

April 22, 1975

Neal Panton
Cranbrook, BC Canada
August 4, 1937

Neal Panton
Cranbrook, BC Canada
January 19, 1973

Neal Panton
Cranbrook, BC Canada

Second Sight

Peggy Reynolds
Essex Jct., VT USA
Toe Point

Peggy Reynolds
Essex Jct., VT USA
Prayer Beads

Philippa Stannard
Perugia, Perugia ITALY

Distance 1

Philippa Stannard
Perugia, Perugia ITALY
It's Only Mud

Rachel Eubanks
Lucedale, Mississippi USA
Mirrors and Moons

Rebecca Moseman
Purcellville, VA USA

Drill, Cambria, Calif., 2014

Richard Greene
Los Angeles, CA USA
Street Dance, Venice Beach, Calif., 2014

Richard Greene
Los Angeles, CA USA
Relic

Rob DePaolo
Newburyport, MA USA

Ego

Rob DePaolo
Newburyport, MA USA
The Reluctant Celebrity

Rob DePaolo
Newburyport, MA USA
Shield

Robertino R. Ragazza
San Jose, California USA

Francisco Niquinás, Calderas reservation, Nasa

Silvino Gonzalez
Bogotá, Cundinamarca Colombia
Hand in Leaves

Stephanie Facer
Grand Rapids, MI USA
Root Hand

Stephen Milne
Alliston, Ontario Canada

All That Jazz

Steven Millman
Boynton Beach, FL USA
The Fiddle Player's Hands

Sue Henry
Nolensville, Tennessee USA
Pain

Trevor Shingler
Daytona beach, Florida United States

Fishing Nets Maker

Viktoryia Vinnikava
Grodno, Belarus
Pearls Collector

Viktoryia Vinnikava
Grodno, Belarus

 

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 a signed edition of Tim Booth's book A Show of Hands.
  • 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: Tim Booth

 

Born in the UK in 1963, Tim Booth began taking photographs with his father’s camera at the age of eight. By he time he was a teenager he’d bought his first SLR, thrown on a backpack and headed off around Europe. Infected by both travel and photography he spent several years shooting freelance features for most of the UK’s weekend magazines and newspapers in Africa, Pakistan and South East Asia. Once settled back in the UK he shot commercial, corporate and design work from his London studio whilst also pursuing personal projects. His first exhibition ‘Into The Light’, shot whilst on assignments in Africa, was followed by the first ‘A Show Of Hands’ exhibition, which comprised his first fifty hands portraits. Now twenty-four years on and over a hundred hands later his book has been published to worldwide critical acclaim. He’s now based deep in the Dorset countryside in South West England, shooting people and landscapes for commercial clients both here and abroad, as well as the odd pair of hands to add to his collection.

Asked why he loves his work Tim replied – “Photography is all about passion. Passion for communication, passion for art, passion for light and for change. Every moment of every day there are pictures happening all over the world, and occasionally I’m lucky enough to witness some of them.”

 

EXHIBIT Closed on August 14th 2016

Juror: Davy Rothbart


Detritus - The Aeroplane
Juror's Choice by 
Jeff Moorfoot from Lyonville, Victoria Australia

Relics of the past rediscovered and redefined through the medium of photography.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:21 July 16
Artists' Reception:5 August 16 17:30
Exhibit Closes:14 August 16
ARTifact
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

To happen upon something forgotten, forsaken, hidden. To weave it a visual tale within a single frame. Finding what was once lost.

Just as Vivian Maier’s story, the secretive nanny-photographer who becomes a photography world sensation shortly after her death, spurs levels of excitement found in the rolls of undeveloped film and unacclaimed genius, a dropped scarf on the city street can alter the scene in many ways. It can become the scene.

Juror Davy Rothbart's musings on this theme, "discarded items found in the weeds; abandoned buildings; broken-down trucks in a field; scraps of metal left to rust and decay. I'm reminded of a koan that my mom, a Buddhist teacher, often shares. She'll hand someone a fresh scrap of paper, ask them to crumple it into a tight ball, and then uncrumple it. "Do you see," she'll ask, "within the crumpled paper, its original perfection?" All of the decayed, lost, abandoned places and things in these photographs possess their original glory and perfection and their wizened present hints at a rich, textured journey which is up to us to imagine."

Darkroom Gallery is calling for photographs that redefine found objects or subjects of the past. Whether you are foraging in a far away land or in your own backyard we are looking for images that embody this murky realm of faded glory; haunting happenstance, and beauty found in the lost details of the human condition.  

Juror's Statement:

For 15 years, I've been collecting notes, letters, and photos plucked up off the ground or found on the street, and publishing them in an annual print zine called FOUND and on our daily FOUND Magazine website. Each scrap of paper offers a raw, revealing, and riveting peek into someone else's life.

The same instinct that compels me to treasure lost love notes, To Do lists, and journals, and marvel at the stories within also beckons me into abandoned spaces to examine the traces of lives that passed through these spaces years, decades, even centuries before. I don't believe in ghosts, exactly, but inside each sagging barn I've explored, each abandoned pickup truck lost in the woods, each eerie ghost town saloon, the presence of those who once called these places home is always close at hand. I feel powerfully drawn to these places, like a crow to the graveyard, and am frequently rewarded by a jolt of self-recognition and a tingle of discovery.

What struck me, as I pored over hundreds of beautiful, striking, poetic images submitted by a global array of deeply talented artists, was the thrilling fact that so many other people share my fascination with abandoned places and things. It brought me great joy to imagine each photographer on their own journey of discovery, jolted and tingled themselves, as they explored a shambling house at the edge of town, a rotting cabin in the desert, a junkyard heaped with ancient vehicles. These pictures gave me a chance to explore a range of haunted and exquisite spaces I might never have reached on my own, but more than that, they gave me a sense for just how many kindred spirits we have out there, a vast community of folks who share a particular curiosity and sense of wonder. Thank you for exploring; thank you for your unique vision; thank you for documenting what you've found.

—Davy Rothbart, creator and editor of FOUND Magazine & host of the FOUND Podcast (launching July 13th)


Detritus - The Aeroplane
Juror's Choice

Jeff Moorfoot
Lyonville, Victoria Australia
Billboard, East 13th Street
Honorable Mention

Bruce Berkow
New York, NY USA
Where did all the money go
Honorable Mention

Ibai Rigby
Austin, Texas USA

Tire and Mulga Ant Nest in the Desert
Honorable Mention

Karen Burgess
Frenchs Forest, NSW Australia
Babe the Blue Ox
Honorable Mention

Nancy Stalnaker Bundy
Minneapolis, MN USA
Where we used to Walk
Honorable Mention

Rachel Eubanks
Lucedale, Mississippi USA

Untitled (Snow)
Honorable Mention

Ruth Raveh
Brooklyn, NY USA
Flashbacks
People's Choice

Shannon Beaston
Blain, PA United States
Weathered

Alexandria Donovan
Westport, Connecticut USA

Within the Oz House

Amanda Marie Harner
Damascus, Maryland USA
Weak and Powerless

Amy M. Krencius
Clackamas, OR USA
2016

Barbara Redondo
Coral Gables, FL USA

Repairs

Ben Davis
Rochester, NY USA
Alley Reflections

Ben Davis
Rochester, NY USA
Forgotten Trophies, Waycross, GA 1-2015

Benita VanWinkle
Winston-Salem, NC USA

Cakewalk, Black Hawk, Mississippi

Betty Press
Hattiesburg, MS, Mississippi USA
Midnight Snack Shop, Midnight, Mississippi

Betty Press
Hattiesburg, MS, Mississippi USA
Billboard, Paris Metro

Bruce Berkow
New York, NY USA

Abort, Retry, Fail?

Dana Dal Bo
Montréal, QC Canada
Coney Island

Dave Levingston
Springfield, Ohio USA
Star for Sgt. Friscia, Staten Island

Edward Coppola
Staten Island, NY USA

Burt's Bed

Edward L. Rubin
Los Angeles, CA USA
Aluminum Cans

Hsien-Chih Chuang
Taichung City, Taiwan
Tyre Graveyard

Ibai Rigby
Austin, Texas USA

Played.

Jeff Wiles
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania USA
Lost Memories

Jeffrey Olson
Coral Springs, Florida USA
Survivor

Jeffrey Olson
Coral Springs, Florida USA

Megalithic Monument, France

Julie O'Connor
Weston, CT USA
People's History Awaits Fate, Chicago

Julie O'Connor
Weston, CT USA
Williford House 1

Kristin L. Ware
Huntsville, TX USA

Old Master

Les Schmidt
New Orleans, LA USA
What Once Was

Lora Mancini
Shaftsbury, VT USA
Treasure Island Transitions 2

Mark L. Hannah
Sunnyvale, US-CA USA

End of the Road

Mark Melnick
Palm Desert, CA USA
Garage

Matt Brittenham-Jones
Montpelier, VT USA
Flags

nancy oliveri
Brooklyn, NY USA

Pullman

Nicholas Teetelli
Manalapan, NJ USA
Abandoned Dreams

Peggy Reynolds
Essex Jct., VT USA
Out of Service

Pete McCutchen
Alexandria, VA USA

Alex, with grandmothers lace collar

Rebecca Moseman
Purcellville, VA USA
Green Giant, Los Angeles

Richard Greene
Los Angeles, CA USA
Old Atlanta Prison Farm #3

Richard Greene
Los Angeles, CA USA

A New and Accurate Map of the World

Richard K. Kent
Lancaster, Pennsylvania USA
Zenith

Ronan Considine
delta, bc canada
Route 66

Sandra Chen Weinstein
Lake Forest, CA USA

The View

Sandra Jungling
Sun City, Az USA
Chinatown Window

Shannon McClatchey
San Francisco, CA USA
Lost Words

Stephanie Guillen
Zurich, Switzerland

Ugandan Legacy

Stephen Milne
Alliston, Ontario Canada
Mormon Row Outhouse

Steven Winker
Mascoutah, IL USA
Ice Sculpture. Greenland

Thomas Pickarski
New York, New York USA

Chalkboard 5

Tom Morin
Houston, TX USA
Entrance, Samson Tire Factory, Los Angeles CA

Wayne M. Peterson
Philomont, Virginia United States
Three Crosses, Monterey CA

Wayne M. Peterson
Philomont, Virginia United States

The Fun Is Gone

Wil Scott
Annapolis, MD USA

  • 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: Davy Rothbart

Davy Rothbart is the creator of Found Magazine, a publication dedicated to discarded notes, letters, flyers, photos, lists, and drawings found and sent in by readers. The magazine spawned a best-selling book, Found: The Best Lost, Tossed, and Forgotten Items from Around the World, published in April 2004. A second collection was published in May 2006, a third in May 2009. The magazine is published annually and has a worldwide following, it's online blog is updated daily.
 
Rothbart is a frequent contributor to This American Life, and author of My Heart Is An Idiot, a book of personal essays, and the story collection The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas. He writes regularly for GQ and Grantland, and his work also appears in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Believer. He is also the founder of Washington II Washington, an annual outdoor adventure for inner-city kids. Rothbart lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Los Angeles, California.
 
Found Magazine:
 
My Heart is an Idiot:
 
This American Life:
 
Washington II Washington:

 

 

EXHIBIT Closed on July 19th 2015

Juror: Dan Burkholder 

Juror's Choice:
Juror's Choice: "Delicate and Unique" by Greg Bennett from Hampden, ME USA

Wild, wild wilderness, its grandeur and grace epically and intimately explored through photography.

Humans have always looked upon the beauty, majesty, and ingenuity of the world around them with reverent wonder. The regular rhythms of the sun and moon, the myriads of living creatures in all their splendid diversity, the magnificence of a flower, a butterfly’s wings or a snow crystal –  The ancient Greeks aptly called the universe kosmos, a word denoting order and harmony.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:25 June 15
Artists' Reception:17 July 15 17:30
Exhibit Closes:19 July 15
Natural Realm
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

This underlying order is reflected in many intriguing patterns in nature.

Many of nature’s patterns are related to the golden section and the Fibonacci numbers. For instance, the golden spiral is a logarithmic or equiangular spiral – a type of spiral found in unicellular foraminifera, sunflowers, seashells, animal horns and tusks, beaks and claws, whirlpools, hurricanes, and spiral galaxies. 

Darkroom Gallery is calling for photography that investigates this intrinsic magic in the natural world. From macro shots to large scale landscapes show us your examples of this otherworldly complexity within our natural realm.

Juror's Choice & Honorable Mention winners received free custom prints for the exhibit that are ecologically sound, sustainable and recyclable created by EcoVisualLab!



Juror's Statement:

If you truly love Photography, you love the way constant change has increasingly become one of the heartbeats of our medium. And as photography morphs in so many new directions so does our concept of what’s “natural.”

What doesn’t change is that a good photograph will still give you pause to consider the subject, the treatment and, most importantly, the photo’s ability to hold your eye, perhaps leaving you with more questions than answers. You might say the best photos are unexpected.

The final images in this exhibition weren’t always the most technically perfect, the most color faithful, or even of the most tried and true compositions. But they are the ones that will stick with you long after your iPad’s gone dark.

Dan Burkholder


Delicate and Unique
Juror's Choice

Greg Bennett
Hampden, ME USA
Between
Honorable Mention

Julie Mixon
Florence, SC USA
Mountain Goats, Mount Evans
Honorable Mention

Siobhan Keleher
Denver, CO USA

Winter Park
Honorable Mention

Sofie Sharom
Ottawa, ON Canada
Polar Bear
People's Choice

Joyce Harman
Flint Hill, VA USA
Morgendunst

Anita Schiedeck
Nürnberg, Germany

Quarry Stone

Art Murphy
Catskill, NY USA
Lenticular Cloud at Dusk

Bert Halstead
Belmont, MA USA
Total Eclipse, March 29, 2006

Bert Halstead
Belmont, MA USA

Capitol Reef National Park

Bogdan Balasa
Lehi, UTAH USA
Great Smoky Mountains Tennessee

Christine Atlee
Parsippany, New Jersey USA
Boat in the Fog

claudia stoeffler
Burlington, VT USA

Ditch Plains II

David Quinn
Setauket, NY USA
Grasses on a September Morning

Don Rice
Carbondale, Illinois USA
Cascade II

Eric Rennie
Cromwell, CT USA

Soft bloom

Esther Smit-Branderhorst
Baarn, Utrecht Netherlands
Adirondack Mts TinType

Gary Tobler
Colchester, VT USA
Zephyr

Geoffrey Agrons
Philadelphia, PA USA

Cambium

Geoffrey Agrons
Philadelphia, PA USA
Owl Eye Moth Wing

Gerry Davis
Williston, VT USA
Lone_Tree_Marcay_France

Harry Sandler
Mount Vernon, NY USA

Peekaboo

Holly Thompson
New Braunfels, TX USA
The Birds

Holly Thompson
New Braunfels, TX USA
Wemmershoek Storm

Jan du Toit
Hout Bay, Western Cape South Africa

Symmetry

John Boccanfuso
Lawrenceville, New Jersey USA
South Dakota Sunset

John Flaig
Shorewood, WI USA
StarryNight

Joyce Harman
Flint Hill, VA USA

South Shore Suite, May 2, 2015

Kip Harris
Indian Harbour, Nova Scotia Canada
Green spiral

Krista Cheney
St. George, VT USA
Swallowing Seas

Law Hamilton
Rockport, MA USA

Mirrored Sky Meditation: Egret

Louise Parms
Bronx, New York USA
Green Abstract

Maria Rebelo
Wilmette, Illinois USA
Winter Rain

Marian Rubin
Montclair, NJ USA

Succulent Quartet

Mark Melnick
Palm Desert, CA USA
Cattail Creek, Glass, Arkansas

Mark Melnick
Palm Desert, CA USA
Evaporation

Marnae Rathke
Salt Lake City, UT USA

Window View

Marsha Guggenheim
San Francisco, Ca USA
Ghost Ship

Mary Ciullo
Glen Head, NY USA
Pampas Strata

Mary Ciullo
Glen Head, NY USA

Fall Impression at Bellevue

Michel Godts
Rochester, New York USA
Motion

Miles Scanlon
South Burlington, VT USA
Complexus

Nick Winkworth
Menlo Park, CA USA

Stardust

Ning Ma
NY, New York USA
Antarctica Rising

Paul M. Murray
Jamestown, RI USA
Midnight In The Lemaire

Paul M. Murray
Jamestown, RI USA

Crotalus horridus

Paul Q Hernandez
Sparta, New Jersey USA
Angry River

Peggy Reynolds
Essex Jct., VT USA
Junkyard Bloom

Pete McCutchen
Alexandria, VA USA

Passage

Pete McCutchen
Alexandria, VA USA
Badlands #2

Pete McCutchen
Alexandria, VA USA
Malecon

R Thomas Berner
BELLEFONTE, PA USA

The Trees of Arnhem

R Thomas Berner
BELLEFONTE, PA USA
Le Tournesol

Robert Dutruch
Bush, LA USA
Omnibus 61 par le delta

Robert Dutruch
Bush, LA USA

Walls of Ice, Greenland

Thomas Pickarski
New York, New York USA
La Quinta Hike

Tony Schwartz
Boston, Massachusetts USA
Egret, Reflected

Wendi Schneider
Denver, Co USA

Swiftcurrent Falls

William Horton
Boulder, CO USA
Fire on the Mountain

William Horton
Boulder, CO USA
Cretaceous

wilson hurst
warrensburg, missouri USA

Life's journey

Yingxi Shi
Shanghai, Shanghai China

  • Earth Meets SpiritJuror's Choice receives a signed copy of Douglas Beasley's Earth Meets Spirit: A Journey Through the Sacred Landscape.
  • 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. 
  • Juror's Choice & Honorable Mention winners will be offered free custom prints for the exhibit that are ecologically sound, sustainable and recyclable created by:  

  • 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: Dan Burkholder 

 

Dan Burkholder was one of the first photographic artists to embrace digital technology in the early 1990’s. True to his love of the traditional photograph, Dan uses digital technology to build images that still look and feel like realphotographs, not like something from a graphic designer’s portfolio. Melding his unique vision with mastery of both the wet and digital darkrooms, his platinum prints are now included in many museum and private collections.
Originating the digital-negative process in 1992, Burkholder has helped open doors for all black and white photographers interested in moving into the new electronic technologies. His award-winning book, Making Digital Negatives for Contact Printing, is regarded as the most authoritative work in the field.
Dan has taught classes and workshops at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the lnternational Center of Photography in New York, the University of Texas at San Antonio, the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego and others. Active with the Texas Photographic Society for many years, he is currently serving on the Advisory Board for this organization.
Dan Burkholder was born in Hagerstown, Maryland, an agri-industrial community in the Appalachian Mountains. He attended Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California, where he received his BA and Masters Degrees in Photography.
 

 

 

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
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

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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