White Trees, Series 2, No. 7
© Mischa Gregory Macaw
The oldest known single living organism on the earth is said to be a Great Basin bristlecone pine (pinus longaeva) living in the White Mountains of California. It's age is estimated at a little over 5,000 years. Trees have endured through every kind of catastrophe imaginable. . Now that human activity is dramatically reducing forest and jungle we're beginning to understand just how vital a role they play maintaining the viability of life. Forests of all kinds have been called "the lungs of the world". They're essential to the earth's carbon cycle, taking in carbon dioxide, storing the carbon, and releasing oxygen to the atmosphere. In addition, people have depended on them for all manner of uses, from heating dwellings and cooking food to providing everything from canoes to cashews. Little wonder, then, that trees were worshipped as gods in some ancient societies
|Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)|
|Exhibit Opens:||20 September 18|
|Artists' Reception:||13 October 18 16:00|
|Exhibit Closes:||18 November 18|
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As photographers we look at trees, either in number or individually. They're often an essential part of a photograph, either as objects of beauty when they're the subject of an image, or as useful "props" for framing a scene. They're convenient "models" for the camera, since they can be found in most environments on land - even in our biggest cities.
For this exhibition we extended the challenge to photograph a tree, or thousands of trees, in the photographer's unique vision. We received a great many excellent submissions - enough that we could easily have doubled or triples the size of the exhibit if we had space available to do so. People have a natural and primal affinity for trees, and all the submissions reflect that affection.
Trees is presented in conjunction with The Essex Junction Tree Committee (www.essexjunction.org/boards/tree-advisory-committee/) which promotes and cares for trees in public places in the town of Essex Junction, Vermont.
|White Trees, Series 2, No. 7|
|Lady of the Woods|
|#3 from the series The Subtle Cosmos|
|Orchard and Truck Track II near Sodus, NY USA 2016|
|The Gentle Giant|
|Sierra Madre Aspens | Abstract|
|Under the Stars|
|All that Remains 6|
|A Face in the Trees|
|The Secret Pathway|
|The tree's view|
|Entrance with Spiral Trees, Staten Island|
|Snowstorm at Midnight|
|Screaming from the forest|
|Why Snowshoe Love Me?|
|Citrus Historic Park, Riverside, California|
|Community (murder) of crows rest before dawn|
|Coup de Grâce|
|Twists and Turns|
|A Sense of Direction|
|Fall Color, Great Smoky Mountains National Park|
|Trees On House|
|dead tree and the glacier|
|Aspens Oh Aspens Fall|
|Richard Tetzlaff Series #2|
|"Legacy", from the series Against the Sea|
|Bubble Pond Twisted Cedar|
|As my leak appeared|
Growing up in the Mid Atlantic and exploring the hardwood forests since childhood, trees have always been an intimate part of my life- personal and photographically. Whether the familiar maple of my youth or the trees discovered later in life- Joshua trees of the high desert, acacias silhouetted against a sunset, or the subtropical palms on the coasts and my new southern home- all these trees comfort and trigger memories. I expected to be overwhelmed by the number of exceptional submissions to the Darkroom’s call for Trees, and was not disappointed. Almost all were impressive in one way or another- many spectacular. To make the choice of what would stay and what would go was both difficult and agonizing. In any juried show the selection process reinforces the fact that compelling and strong imagery is eliminated from shows and those final choices are almost always subjective ones. In addition to looking at all the technical aspects of the many submissions, I was looking for subtle use of color or graphic monochrome, unusual ways of seeing what is common to many, the use of light, and thoughtfulness in the image-making. Finally, an image must tell a story. I also chose images that reached out to me and made a connection, offered me just enough information and mystery that made me ask questions.
Michael Pannier, New York, August 2018
Juror: Johan Hallberg-Campbell
Time-oriented photography; vintage, futuristic or rhythmic imagery.
― Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending
Clocks, watches, pendulums and metronomes tick the seconds away. At a most elemental level, the moon, sun, stars and shadows tell us time as the tides and waves of the oceans create a rhythm we exist within. A river can cut away a rock face in time as waves can clear a beach. People become worn, gnarled and aged over time as the rings of a tree count the decades. Retro furniture, fashion or surrounding atmospheres can automatically date a place. Darkroom Gallery is calling for explorative visual depictions of time. Pasts and futures can often collide...and what of time travelers and quantum physics? Lastly, photographs can be truly devoid of time, they can have a sort of classic "timelessness".
Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change) Exhibit Opens: 29 January 15 Artists' Reception: 22 February 15 16:30 Exhibit Closes: 22 February 15 Chronograph
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Once I began looking, the literal description of time became almost arbitrary, a consideration, but not the reason for choice. How do you record time in a photograph? Essentially, as soon as you click the shutter you are recording a moment, a moment created conceptually or literally, a moment made by you, a moment of time. Each photograph was something special, the artist’s attempt to connect with the viewer, their version of time and what that meant. I liked that thought.
I looked for images that had connection, that felt honest, made me pause and made me think. The stranger the picture the more I was drawn in. I felt I could make my own story.
|Funeral of Father|
| Family Vacation|
|Cadere [To Fall] I|
|Grandmother, Granddaughter |
|De heer Roodenburg with great grandson; commissioned family portrait by the grandson and father|
|Time Still No. 2|
|Fingers of Thought|
|Romeo y Juliet|
|Untitled #15, From The Drive-by Series|
|Ebb and Flow|
|in the lead.|
|Je Ne Sais Plus [What Is This Feeling] #1|
| Hands, Philadelphia|
|Woman on Horse|
|The Tension Between |
|Only Trees Will Tell|
|Time, In Pictures|
|Boy, in time|
|Shadow of the self 01|
|Birdscapes: Voting Day 2014|
|Time for Memories|
- 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.
Johan Hallberg-Campbell was born in the Highlands of Scotland and has been living and working in Canada since 2007. He is a Graduate of The Glasgow School of Art.
Juror: Elizabeth Opalenik
Juror's Choice "Vapor" © Joanna Stuart
Water: it goes without saying that it's crucial to life on this planet. The surface of the earth is more than 70% water, and the human body is composed of up to 60% water. We humans feel an intimate connection with water and have expressed that connectivity in our art for thousands of years. No surprise, then that photographers are attracted to water in its many forms and guises: everything from oceans, lakes and rivers to the sheen of rain on wet pavement.
For this exhibition we asked for creative wetness, including water in its other guises, such as ice, snow, or steam. The subject matter of the photos could be virtually anything as long as water or wetness is included. Think of the ways a surface is transformed by a gloss of water, the many ways of picturing water droplets, and the ways in which water is used in technology. The photos we received covered conveyed water in a multitude of guises. We were pleased to see that photographers addressed the environmental impact of water as a destructive force, but also great and sublime beauty.
Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change) Exhibit Opens: 7 February 19 Artists' Reception: 23 February 19 16:00 Exhibit Closes: 17 March 19 Submission Rules
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To quote from Poetic Grace,”water carries mystery, reflects back a life, can be a million jewels of dewdrops, brightens the dullest subject, can be the most powerful force, and yet gently causes reverie while gazing upon it soft sensuality.” As a juror I found all this among the many beautiful images submitted but I went looking to see what else it is and often discovered less would have been more. Many images made it to the near final edit but those technically executed, well composed, collaged with intent, seen in the right light, or that challenged an idea made it to the final cut. During the jury process I held a piece of Matt board to my screen to view strong image portions where the whole just missed. Conscious photographers carefully saw the edges or layers within the frame and submitted those images. With so many strong contenders, it was heartbreaking to make choices where minutia made the difference. I congratulate the winners for your visually savvy eyes and ideas. Please do not be discouraged if your image did not make this exhibition. Be challenged to seek the mystery found between ordinary and extraordinary as you discover your less is more. It was an honor to view so much creativity.
Elizabeth Opalenik Oakland, CA January 2019
|Gatherer of Light|
|Water Tapestry: Dancing Light|
|Water Bottles No. 2|
|Pink Lily with Blue|
|Sumac and Snow|
|The Mighty Atlantic|
|Zen Garden inversion|
|Liv at Blackhand Gorge|
|Getting Their Feet Wet|
|The Joy of Dancing|
|October 20 7:34 from the series Fertile Ground|
|Harbor Park in Fog 5|
|Three Steaming Eggs|
|misty morning grapes vines|
|T-107 Along the Duwamish|
|Geometry of Swimming|
|Small Pond, Portland, Maine 2018|
|River Ice No.2, Marlboro, Vermont 2016|
|See Into Sky, Series II|
|Rocky Mountains Submerged|
|Garden Water Tapestry: Gingko|
|Between the Wish and the Thing|
|Water droplets, Troy, New York, April 2017|
|Shower Portrait, Troy, New York, October 2016|
|The Wetness of Flakes|
|She Found a Mister|
|Between the Raindrops|
|Lilly and Pads|
|Rear Window Under Streetlight|
|Water Reflections, Venice (from "The Lagoon" series)|
|Atherton Brook 2|
|Rocks on a beach|