Exhibits

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 March 22nd 2015

Juror: Rebecca Senf

Juror's Choice: "Wire Sketches 16" by Elizabeth Ellenwood from Jamaica Plain, MA USA

Lines are powerful compositional elements that control the way eyes move through a photograph.

Lines add impact to an image, place emphasis to a particular area of the composition, or tell a story or to draw a connection between different elements in a photograph.  Lines can be straight, curved, broken or jagged. They can bisect one another, cross or overlap and be the driving force behind interpreting perspective.

In the Renaissance, painters needed to be able to translate the three-dimensional world around them onto the two-dimensional surface of a painting, called the "picture plane." The solution was "linear perspective"; the idea that converging lines meet at a single vanishing point and all shapes get smaller in all directions with increasing distance from the eye. Photographers can take this artistic function for granted, or they can harness perspective in unique and creative ways to focus or push the eye around the image.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:26 February 15
Artists' Reception:22 March 15 16:30
Exhibit Closes:22 March 15
Lines
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

Lines of some sort can be found in all photographs, formed by natural or artificial elements.  Naturally occurring lines can be rivers, shorelines, waves, sand dunes, and rows of trees while roads, fences, bridges, street lights and skyscrapers are examples of architectural or linear constuctions.  The effect that lines have on an image varies depending upon the orientation and direction.  Horizontal lines convey a sense of width, stability, calm, lazy, security, relaxation, constancy and timelessness.  Whereas vertical lines convey a sense of strength, height, integrity, solidity, dominance, power, peace and tranquility, substance or permanence.  Darkroom Gallery is calling for images that utilize lines in innovative and dynamic ways, how are your photographs enhanced or translated by line?

Juror's Statement:

A juror’s job is always a struggle.  To review a group of images, united by a theme, and select a small group for exhibition is a challenge.  Unavoidably, many good pictures – well seen and provocative – are left out.  It was interesting to see how photographers responded to the call for pictures about lines.  Images of both manmade and natural lines appeared.  Buildings, horizon lines, contrails, trees, railroad tracks, beams of light.  I found myself drawn to photographs that were intriguing – in which the arrangement of space was obfuscated and unclear.  Those visual puzzles attracted me.  On the other hand, some of the most minimal and straightforward pictures, of power lines or jellyfish tentacles, struck me as wonderfully beautiful.  Although I look for innovation and new approaches, I am also engaged by a straight photograph that is well made.  We don’t see it often in photography, but I always appreciate photographers who incorporate humor or playfulness in their work.  In creating this selection I strove to bring together a diverse approach to the concept of lines, pictures that surprise and delight and are just great images, and I hope you enjoy Lines as much as I have.

 Rebecca Senf


Wire Sketches 16
Juror's Choice

Elizabeth Ellenwood
Jamaica Plain, MA USA
Last Visit
Honorable Mention

Amanda Marie Harner
Damascus, Maryland USA
beach day
Honorable Mention

Russ Rowland
NY, NY USA

Chinese Willows
Honorable Mention

Sandra Chen Weinstein
Lake Forest, CA USA
Maple Leaf
People's Choice

Will Hoskins
Essex Junction, Vermont USA
Squiggles

Andrea Waxler
Nashua, New Hampshire USA

Form

Artur Sikora
Dublin, Ireland
Rows

Beau Comeaux
Albany, NY USA
Plant Bowen 2

Bill Harbin
Rome, Georgia USA

Chester

Bryan Ballinger
Huntington, in USA
the sea - reflection I

Carmen Spitznagel
Sandberg-Waldberg, Germany
Parking Lot Colors and Lines

CETYWA POWELL
LOS ANGELES, CA USA

Art & Architecture, NYC

Corinne DiPietro
Boston, MA United States
Green Bean

Dale Niles
Fayetteville, GA USA
Blinded

Danielle L Goldstein
NEW YORK, NY United States

Ice Formation, Morgan Run Creek

Don James
Westminster, MD USA
Stiff Upper Lip

Edson F. Scudder, Jr.
Charlotte, NC USA
Untitled

Emily Jane Macaux
East Greenwich, RI USA

Apologies to Jackson Pollack

Eric Rennie
Cromwell, CT USA
Frost

Erica Brown
Burlington, VT USA
Final Curtain

Ericka Markley
Fort Wayne, IN USA

Election Day Across the Universe

Geoffrey Agrons
Philadelphia, PA USA
Memorial

Hautcoeur Julien
Gatineau, Québec Canada
Lines #7

Jeff Clarke
Burlington, Vermont USA

"Density in Downtown Austin,"

Joan Brook
Boone, NC USA
Next Stop: The Crusher

John Flynn
White River Junction, VT USA
Untitled

John O'Neill
Duluth, Minnesota USA

StrangeAngels 0023

JOSEPH RUESING
HILO, HI USA
the kids are doing okay - letter to Lucasville prison

Josiane Keller
Cleveland, OH United States
Field Museum Chicago - Ceiling

Karen Janas
Lombard, IL USA

The Heart

Kristin Reeves
Murray, KY USA
West Chester #9

Lars Anderson
Cincinnati, OH USA
This Too Will Pass

Laura Husar Garcia
Riverside, IL - Illinois USA

Onto the Abyss

Lisa Allen
Washington, District of Columbia USA
Split Screen

Liza Hennessey Botkin
Studio City, CA USA
Penguin Plunge

Lora Mancini
Shaftsbury, VT USA

Lines and Shadows

Louise Halstead
Belmont, MA USA
Promenade

Macic
Italian Riviera, Italy
Dark composition

Madiha Abdo
London, United kingdom England

The Urban Lines of Toronto

Mariam Magsi
Toronto, Ontario Canada
Geometry

Marilyn Carren
Edinburg, TX USA
Moon Fog

Mark Indig
Valley Village, CA USA

Therapeutic View

Marsha Guggenheim
San Francisco, Ca USA
Somerville, MA 2014

Michael Stepansky
Holliston, MA USA
Line & Form #06

Mitch Goodwin
Portland, Victoria Australia

Heart Of The Sun

Nick Winkworth
Menlo Park, CA USA
Sailboat lifeline at dawn

Peter J Baumgartner
Carlisle, MA, MA USA
july

petra davis
San Francisco, CA USA

Night Stories

Qianwen Jiang
San Francisco, CA USA
Commuter

Robin Tryloff
Downers Grove, Illinois USA
Coney Island

Russ Rowland
NY, NY USA

Untitled #2 from the Focused Chaos series

Russell D. Wills
Scotch Plains, New Jersey USA
AbstrActure 03

Sandro Tedde
Sassari, Sassari Italy
The Musk Ox

Siobhan Keleher
Denver, CO USA

Balance

Stelios Karatheodorou
Serres, Greece
Listen

Steve Short
West Midlands, United Kingdom
The Flow

Suchetha Prabhu
Essex Junction, VT USA

National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing

Susan Bokos
Holmes Beach, Florida USA
Waiting

Suzanne Demaree
Rockport, Texas USA
Onward

Tara McDermott
Seattle, WA USA

Ward's, 2014

Thomas Pearson
Hattiesburg, Mississippi USA
Night Flight 10, from the series Airplanes

Tom Morin
Houston, TX 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:Rebecca Senf

Dr. Rebecca Senf is the Norton Family Curator of Photography, a joint appointment at the Center for Creative Photography and the Phoenix Art Museum. She curates three exhibitions a year for the Doris and John Norton Gallery for the Center for Creative Photography in Phoenix and her past exhibitions include Debating Modern Photography: the Triumph of Group f/64; Richard Avedon: Photographer of Influence; Human Nature: the Photographs of Barbara Bosworth; Edward Weston: Mexico; Odyssey: the Photographs of Linda Connor; Charting the Canyon: Photographs by Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe; Face to Face: 150 Years of Photographic Portraiture; Exposing Time: Capturing Change Through Photography and the Steele Gallery exhibition, Ansel Adams: Discoveries of January to June, 2010.

Senf grew up in Tucson and went to undergraduate school at the University of Arizona, studying the History of Photography. She spent ten years in Boston, Massachusetts where she earned a Ph.D. in Art History at Boston University. In Boston she worked on the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’s major exhibition Ansel Adams from The Lane Collection, for which she also co-authored the exhibition catalogue. In October of 2012 her book Reconstructing the View: The Grand Canyon Photographs of Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe was released by University of California Press. Recent projects include exhibitions on the photographic book and in the next few months she will open two exhibitions focused on platinum photography.

 

EXHIBIT Closed on May 17th 2015

Join us for an artist talk and book signing with Ed Rubin during the reception at 6PM

Juror: David J. Carol

Juror's Choice: Untitled from "You Who Never Arrived" by Jennifer McClure from Astoria, NY USA

The whole of a person caught within a single frame; portraits can be reactive, didactic, contemplative and illusive. 

"Semblance" refers to the outward appearance something or in this case, someone. Portraits can be especially dynamic when certain characteristics of a person are highlighted, coaxed into the light and captured as prized specimens.

Juror David J. Carol states:

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:23 April 15
Artists' Reception:17 May 15 17:00
Exhibit Closes:17 May 15
Semblance
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

What makes a good portrait? I love August Sander, Irving Penn, Diane Arbus and many other "classic" portrait photographers. But for me a photograph of a "thing" posing in front of camera is not the only definition of a portrait. Like with all good photographs a good portrait has to first be interesting and have an opinion. By this I mean as soon as you see the picture you must be compelled to look at it for more than a moment and in some way become involved with with the image. Once the photo has your attention and I think this applies to all photography, it needs to also be either informative, mysterious, humorous, ironic, beautiful, disturbing, unusual or any combination of qualities that tells the viewer something about the photographer and/or the subject. I don't care if its film, digital, Polaroid, tintype, 4x5, 8x10, a cell phone or anything else, if it meets these requirements I'm in. I just love a good picture!

Darkroom Gallery is calling for photographs that explore the portraiture genre. The semblance of a person can be but a whisper of true personality or a roar of honest, glowering character. We can’t wait to fill our gallery walls with a newly visioned works - portrait as character and caricature. 

Juror's Statement:

I was presented with the task of selecting a finite number of photographic portraits for a show in a gallery. Does that mean select the best photos? Does it mean to select a group of photos that make a cohesive show? Does it mean I should be cognoscente that there is an equal distribution of B&W, Color, Men, Women and Children? Does it mean I should be sure to include interiors, exteriors, daytime and nighttime images? The answer for me is yes and no.

Here's what I did. I selected what I felt were the most unique, compelling, curious, interesting, fun and/or any other attribute that made the photo stand out from the rest. This first set of images was approximately twice the size of where we needed to be for the show. Now the hard part. Break these photos down into a group that A) made sense together and B) stood on their own individually. In the end I had to remove images that were very good but didn't make sense to me for the flow of the show. Its always tough to cut a good image, but that's the reality of putting photos on walls in rooms.
I hope you all enjoy my version of the "Semblance" show.

Cheers,
David


Untitled from "You Who Never Arrived"
Juror's Choice

Jennifer McClure
Astoria, NY USA
Stand Up Straight - as triptych
Honorable Mention

Dana West
Chicago, IL USA
Peyton
Honorable Mention

Jaclyn Cori Norman
Savannah, Georgia USA

Cloud Nine. California series
Honorable Mention

Sandra Chen Weinstein
Lake Forest, CA USA
Incantation
People's Choice

Geoffrey Agrons
Philadelphia, PA USA
Untitled

Aksel Coruh
Hopkins, MN USA

Rick

Bill Harbin
Rome, Georgia USA
Avenue B

Bruce Berkow
New York, NY USA
Untitled

Cody Bratt
San Francisco, California USA

Untitled

Cody Bratt
San Francisco, California USA
Man Staring at a Puddle

Darren Baldwin
Peacehaven, East Sussex Uk
Ralph

Daryl Burtnett
montpelier, VT USA

coffee in bed

Daryl Burtnett
montpelier, VT USA
Turkey Man

Dave Levingston
Springfield, Ohio USA
Rachel

Dave Levingston
Springfield, Ohio USA

Portrait Within

Denise Trotier Johnson
Williston, VT USA
Lawrence W. Hamel, Hardwick, Vermont

Edward L. Rubin
Los Angeles, CA USA
the cocoon.

Elaine Suzanne Miller
Chicago, Illinois USA

No. 17, Radiator conversations soaked in yellow lamplight

Forrest Wasko
Minneapolis, MN USA
Closed Eyes

Giovanni Savino
New York, NY USA
untitled

Hellen Gaudence
Tucson, Arizona USA

chapter two: cameron

Jaclyn Cori Norman
Savannah, Georgia USA
Untitled

James Graves
Plant City, Florida USA
THE MOURNER

JAVIER VILLAR MORALES
ZARAGOZA, Not Required Spain

Lancaster, PA, August 2012

Jeniva Quinones
New York, New York USA
The Mitchell Project, December 2011

Jeniva Quinones
New York, New York USA
Untitled from "You Who Never Arrived"

Jennifer McClure
Astoria, NY USA

Untitled from "You Who Never Arrived"

Jennifer McClure
Astoria, NY USA
Emotive Untitled # 1

Jill Shepherd
Kent, OH USA
DayDreamer

Joan Brook
Boone, NC USA

Sandbox

Joanne Rojcewicz
Sterling, VA USA
Captiva

Joanne Rojcewicz
Sterling, VA USA
Air and Space Museum

Joanne Rojcewicz
Sterling, VA USA

The instrument repairman

John Padour
Oak Park, IL USA
Sisters II

Kathryn Oliver
ROCKPORT, MAINE USA
Sisters

Kathryn Oliver
ROCKPORT, MAINE USA

Toy Soldier 2

Leif Carlson
Savannah, GA USA
Mickey in Tub, Scranton, PA

Len Speier
New York, NY USA
My real Mom and Dad, at Lake Oscawana, NY

Len Speier
New York, NY USA

Missed the bus, again

Marc Lavergne
Gatineau, Quebec Canada
Charles Ashana, Pflugerville, Texas 2015

Matthew Defeo
Austin, Texas USA
pondering?

Michael Sullivan
Madison, WI USA

Girl on a bicycle

Nataly Rader
Los Angeles, CA USA
Man In The Tiger Shirt

Nima Taradji
Chicago, Illinois USA
At The Museum of the Art Istitute of Chicago

Nima Taradji
Chicago, Illinois USA

On State Street

Nima Taradji
Chicago, Illinois USA
Brady Street #27

Paul Matzner
Shorewood, WI USA
Michigan Avenue #57

Paul Matzner
Shorewood, WI USA

Amanda

Pippi Ellison
Cambridge, MA USA
Magdalena

Ralph Hassenpflug
Camden, ME USA
Alex in the garden

Rebecca Moseman
Purcellville, VA USA

Ben in the snow

Rebecca Moseman
Purcellville, VA USA
Portrait of Earl

Robert Moran
Bar Harbor, ME USA
Shelean. San Francisco

Sandra Chen Weinstein
Lake Forest, CA USA

Untitled

Sara Fields
Austin, TX USA
Uncle David, 2012

Todd Danforth
Watertown, Massachusetts USA
Postcards, Newberry, South Carolina

Tracy Fish
Durham, NC USA

Waiting, McCammon, Idaho

Tracy Fish
Durham, NC USA
Portrait of anonymous orthodox pilgrim in Poland

Velar Grant
London, UK
Venice, Italy 2014

Virgil DiBiase
Valparaiso, IN United States

Miami, 2012

Virgil DiBiase
Valparaiso, IN United States

  •  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 first edition of Edward L. Rubin's book Vermont: An Outsider's Inside View.

  • 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: David J. Carol

 

David J. Carol is a photographer. He attended the School of Visual Arts and The New School for Social Research where he studied under Lisette Model. He was the first assignment photographer for The Image Bank photo agency (now part of Getty Images) at the age of 26. He currently works daily in the real world of commercial photography as the Director of Photography at Outfront Media (formerly CBS Outdoor). Yet he also loves giving other photographers a platform to share and discuss their work with the photographic community. He is able to do this as a contributing writer and contest judge for Rangefinder Magazine and PDN. He also serves on the Board of Advisers for the Center for Alternative Photography.

 David is the author of three monographs, 40 Miles of Bad Road..., ALL MY LIES ARE TRUE... and "THIS IS WHY WE CAN'T HAVE NICE THINGS!". He recently completed a trilogy of books, "Where's the Monkey?", "Here's the Deal!" and "All My Pictures Look the Same." with Cafe Royal Books, London.

 

EXHIBIT Closed on April 19th 2015

Juror: Yumi Goto

Juror's Choice: "Collections, Linda's Angels" by Diane Gabriel from Burlington, VT USA

The study of inanimate objects; subject matter, placement and compositional balance imply meaning that surmount everyday functionality.

Historically, a still life composition is an array of commonplace objects, inert and set in space. These objects often include natural components such as plants, fruits, vegetables, nuts, flowers accompanied by man made objects like dishes, boxes, mirrors and vases within an interior setting at eye level like a table top. 

While still life painting can be traced back to the ancient Egyptians, it was with the Dutch painters of the 17th century that it was borne its own as a fine art genre.  The rise of still life painting in the Northern and Spanish Netherlands reflects the increasing urbanization of Dutch and Flemish society, which brought with it an emphasis on the home and personal possessions, commerce, trade, learning.  All the aspects and diversions of everyday life. 

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:26 March 15
Artists' Reception:29 March 15 17:00
Exhibit Closes:19 April 15
Still Life/Life Still
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

The key feature of a still life image is the degree of control that an artist can exercise over a work. Key elements that make up a still life can be arranged or composed by the artist at will within a studio setting the lighting can be designed and directed minutely.  Still life compositions are recognized to be a pure form of art, while being pleasing to the eyes, they can be coupled with dizzying underlying meanings.

Items are often used that symbolize earthly pleasures: vanity and deluxe luxury juxtaposed by the fleeting nature of these types of objects.  A ripe apple implies something completely different from a rotten one.  Needless to say, the world has changed a lot since 1600 AD, so modern still lifes may harbor materials and objects that the old masters could never fathom, such as plasticine, fake fruit. 

Juror's Statement:

In my selection of the still life photography submissions, I chose images where I found a visual narratives over experimental photographic technique. Sometimes too much artificial creativity in a photograph loses the viewers engagement. I normally like looking at stories with multiple images that have some visual elements rather than single images, but I saw potential from the submissions. In some cases, the single images illustrated many emotions and I could come up with questions and produce my own answers to the image. It's just like I am enjoying a Zen dialogue over the image. I could also define the meaning of the image without knowing the photographer's intention or how they want people to react to the photograph.

Yumi Goto


Linda’s Angels, from the series, “Collections"
Juror's Choice

Diane Gabriel
Burlington, VT USA
Tackle Box Memories
Honorable Mention

Ben Davis
Rochester, NY USA
Presence
Honorable Mention

LeeAnne Mallonee
Bangor, ME USA

Roadside Distraction #11
Honorable Mention

Mark Melnick
Palm Desert, CA USA
Discarded Dispositions
People's Choice

Julie Hamel
Loudon, NH USA
Thief!
People's Choice

Larry Rankin
Florence, MA USA

circles

allison schallert
Los angeles, CA USA
Thanksgiving II

Angela Franks Wells
Ayden, NC USA
Tune Out :: Turn On

Austin/Katie Tabor
Brooklyn, NY USA

Milkweed

Bernie Kubiak
Amherst, MA USA
Two Eggs, Four Yolks

Bruce Berkow
New York, NY USA
All Is Still

Bryan Ballinger
Huntington, in USA

Untitled

Caroline Adamsclark
Delray Beach, Florida USA
Salamander

Catherine Wilcox-Titus
Jefferson, Massachusetts USA
Signs of Life

Charles Neal
Centerville, Utah USA

Found Bird 64°07'40.7"N 21°55'35.3"W

Charlotta Hauksdottir
Palo Alto, CA USA
Spring Thaw

Debra Lee Fanatia
Homer, AK USA
Untitled #2, from the series, Collections

Diane Gabriel
Burlington, VT USA

Josephine and Napoleon

Diane Gabriel
Burlington, VT USA
Daybed

Dominic Lippillo
Starkville, MS USA
Bear, Currier’s Quality Market, Glover, Vermont

Edward L. Rubin
Los Angeles, CA USA

Mona Lisa

Erica Brown
Burlington, VT USA
Moths

Geoffrey Agrons
Philadelphia, PA USA
The Ripple

Haruko Fujimoto
Astoria, NY USA

Frozen Bananas

John Flynn
White River Junction, VT USA
Untitled #8

Joshua Sariñana
Cambridge, MA USA
Untitled Photograph

Julie Gautier-Downes
Spokane, Washington USA

Untitled Photograph, paired with found photograph

Julie Gautier-Downes
Spokane, Washington USA
If I knew where to send them, I would have sent you flowers

Kate Allen
Coralville, Iowa USA
He hid me behind a couch

Kate Allen
Coralville, Iowa USA

Snow Grass

Larry Rankin
Florence, MA USA


Len Speier
New York, NY USA
Crossroads Women 3

Lorenzo Mangini
Castelfiorentino, Florence Italy

Quandary#3

Mareli
Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa
Quandary#1

Mareli
Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa
Red Rag in Drain, 2014

Marian Stasiorowski
Philadelphia, PA USA

Frozen Dino

marita gootee
MS ST, Mississippi USA
Life Force

Mark Kalan
Ajijic, Jalisco Mexico
Everyday Artifact 1.2

Melissa DiPalma
Dublin, New Hampshire USA

Untitled

Michael McAllister
Charlotte, NC USA
Broken

Mike Zaia
Boston, Massachusetts USA
Hairpins

Parrish Dobson
Belmont, MA USA

Trinidad Turquoise

Paul M. Murray
Jamestown, RI USA
Havana Living #3

Paul M. Murray
Jamestown, RI USA
When I was 3, I wanted to be Heath Barkley from The Big Valley.

Ricardo Febre
McKinleyville, CA USA

Feathers & Turquoise Chair, 2014

Stefan Wood
Herndon, VA USA
Santa's dream

Stelios Karatheodorou
Serres, Greece
Asylum - Ode to Thomas Eggleston

Steve DePalma
Anghiari, AZ Italy

The Hong Kong Leaf

Toralf Sümmchen
Brooklyn, NY USA
extra

Toralf Sümmchen
Brooklyn, NY 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: Yumi Goto

Independent photography curator, editor, researcher and consultant who focuses on the development of cultural exchanges that transcend borders. 

She collaborates with local and international artists who live and work in areas affected by conflict, natural disasters, current social problems, human rights abuses and women’s issues. She often works with human rights advocates, international and local NGOs, humanitarian organizations and as well as being involved as a nominator and juror for the international photographic organizations, festivals and events. She is now based in Tokyo and also a co-funder and curator for the Reminders Photography Stronghold.

http://reminders-project.org

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