Exhibits

EXHIBIT Closed on November 18th 2018

Juror: Michael Pannier Juror's Statment

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.  

Juror's Statement

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

 

 

 

EXHIBIT Closed on January 27th 2019

Juror: Ralph Hassenpflug


 
Juror's Choice Bubble man © Joanna Stuart

If you describe something as surreal, you mean that the elements in it are combined in a way you would not normally expect, as in a dream.

EXHIBIT Closed on February 22nd 2015

Juror: Johan Hallberg-Campbell

Juror's Choice:"Funeral of Father" by Adrienne Norman from Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Time-oriented photography; vintage, futuristic or rhythmic imagery. 

Photography is a medium renowned for freezing time. However, there are many facets and dichotomies this theme of chronology can visually explore.
 
We live in time - it holds us and molds us - but I never felt I understood it very well. And I'm not referring to theories about how it bends and doubles back, or may exist elsewhere in parallel versions. No, I mean ordinary, everyday time, which clocks and watches assure us passes regularly: tick-tock, click-clock. Is there anything more plausible than a second hand? And yet it takes only the smallest pleasure or pain to teach us time's malleability. Some emotions speed it up, others slow it down; occasionally, it seems to go missing - until the eventual point when it really does go missing, never to return.
Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending

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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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". 

Juror's Statement:

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. 

 Johan Hallberg-Campbell


Funeral of Father
Juror's Choice

Adrienne Norman
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Family Vacation
Honorable Mention

Ben Davis
Rochester, NY USA
Cadere [To Fall] I
Honorable Mention

Kristin Reeves
Murray, KY USA

Grandmother, Granddaughter
People's Choice
Honorable Mention

Julie O'Connor
Weston, CT USA
De heer Roodenburg with great grandson; commissioned family portrait by the grandson and father

Adrienne Norman
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Teen Angst

Amanda Marie Harner
Damascus, Maryland USA

Time Still No. 2

Anita Licis-Ribak
Barcelona, Catalunya Spain
Unexpectedly So

Anita Licis-Ribak
Barcelona, Catalunya Spain
Baptism

Antonia Small
Port Clyde, Maine USA

Penelope

Antonia Small
Port Clyde, Maine USA
Untitled

Ben Davis
Rochester, NY USA
Last Supper

Ben Davis
Rochester, NY USA

Graduation

Ben Davis
Rochester, NY USA
remembered

Bernie Kubiak
Amherst, MA USA
Bound

Brittany
Youngstown, Ohio USA

Far Away

David Quinn
Setauket, NY USA
Fingers of Thought

Denis Sivack
Brooklyn, New York USA
Romeo y Juliet

Denis Sivack
Brooklyn, New York USA

Fifth Term

Denis Sivack
Brooklyn, New York USA
Untitled #15, From The Drive-by Series

Diane Gabriel
Burlington, VT USA
Ebb and Flow

Greg Buening
Cincinnati, Ohio USA

Reentry

Jeff McCrum
Cranford, NJ USA
If Only

Joan Brook
Boone, NC USA
in the lead.

katy tuttle
Issaquah, Washington USA

Mechanoreceptors 1-3

Kristin Reeves
Murray, KY USA
Je Ne Sais Plus [What Is This Feeling] #1

Kristin Reeves
Murray, KY USA
Hands, Philadelphia

Len Speier
New York, NY USA

Summer Breeze

Lynn Albanese
Clermont, Florida USA
Rocking Horse

Marta Manning
Midland, MI USA
Woman on Horse

Merlin Ortner
Teltow, Germany



Nana Lutea
Vancouver, BC Canada


Nana Lutea
Vancouver, BC Canada
Liftoff

Nate Forman
Austin, TX USA

Time Capsule

Olga Rook
Rotterdam, Netherlands
The Tension Between

Patricia
Harrisonburg, Virginia USA
Residual

Patricia
Harrisonburg, Virginia USA

Faded Glory

Pete McCutchen
Alexandria, VA USA
Only Trees Will Tell

Rebecca Moseman
Purcellville, VA USA
Time, In Pictures

Rebecca Moseman
Purcellville, VA USA

Boy, in time

Rebecca Moseman
Purcellville, VA USA
Entropy

Ron Rothart
El Cerrito, California USA
Las Vegas

Sandra Chen Weinstein
Lake Forest, CA USA

Shadow of the self 01

Silvino Gonzalez
Bogotá, Cundinamarca Colombia
Birdscapes: Voting Day 2014

Valerie Steinkoenig
Austin, TX USA
Time for Memories

Warren A. Flick
Athens, GA 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:Johan Hallberg-Campbell

 

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.  
 
As a freelance photographer, he has worked for numerous publications and institutions worldwide, shooting assignments globaly. Johan's commissioned and personal work has been published and exhibited internationally. As a freelance Curator, he has curated 45 photographic exhibitions in galleries such as VII gallery, New York and Pikto gallery, Toronto, showcasing the works of local, national and international photographers. Johan is the photo editor at Raw View magazine alongside Donald Weber. 
 
His work explores what it means to belong to a community and have traditions rooted in heritage, and alternatively what happens when one's "place" is altered, removed, distorted and shifted.  He continues to develop his book length project 'Coastal', a project photographing the Canadian coastline in which he was awarded a Canada Council for the Arts grant to make work in 2014. He will continue producing 'Coastal' in 2015.

EXHIBIT Closed on March 17th 2019

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.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:7 February 19
Artists' Reception:23 February 19 16:00
Exhibit Closes:17 March 19
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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.

 

 

 

 

 

JUROR'S STATEMENT:

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 

 



Vapor
Juror's Choice

Joanna Stuart
New Haven, CT USA
Gatherer of Light
Honorable Mention

Anita Sagastegui
Walnut Creek, Ca USA
Water Tapestry: Dancing Light
Honorable Mention

Lisa Redburn
Plymouth, MA United States

Water Bottles No. 2
Honorable Mention

Robert Crifasi
Boulder, CO USA
Radio City
Honorable Mention

Russ Rowland
NY, NY USA
Rain Dancer
People's Choice

Carrie Johnson
Ewa Beach, HI USA

Rustic Canoe

Anthony Cosentino
South Glens Falls, NY USA
Blueblood

Bruce Van Valen
Torrington, CT USA
Pink Lily with Blue

Bruce Van Valen
Torrington, CT USA

Sumac and Snow

C E Morse
Cumberland Center, ME USA
The Mighty Atlantic

Carol Beck
New York, NY United States
MH Floating

Charter Weeks
Barrington, NH USA

Sway

Christina Storm
Seattle, WA United States
Zen Garden inversion

Clayton Hairs
Berrima, NSW Australia
West Virginia

Dave Levingston
Springfield, Ohio USA

Liv at Blackhand Gorge

Dave Levingston
Springfield, Ohio USA
Untitled-2

David Janesko
Houston, Texas USA
Untitled-3

David Janesko
Houston, Texas USA

Rainbow Water

DIANE MICHAUD LOWRY
AMES, Iowa USA
Getting Their Feet Wet

DIANE MICHAUD LOWRY
AMES, Iowa USA
The Joy of Dancing

Eduardo Fujii
Pebble Beach, CA United States

The Gardener

Eduardo Fujii
Pebble Beach, CA United States
October 20 7:34 from the series Fertile Ground

Ellen Konar & Steve Goldband
Portola Valley, California USA
Harbor Park in Fog 5

Eric Rennie
Cromwell, CT USA

(Untitled)

Genevieve Parker
San Francisco, CA USA
Three Steaming Eggs

Geoffrey Agrons
Philadelphia, PA USA
Foggy Night

Graham Stewart
Longmont, Colorado United States

misty morning grapes vines

Janet Labelle
Huntington, Vermont USA
T-107 Along the Duwamish

Jeff Blucher
Seattle, WA USA
Orb Diver

Jim Squires
St Simons Island, GA United States

Ranch Dog

Jocelyn Young
Placentia, CA USA
Angel

Jocelyn Young
Placentia, CA USA
Geometry of Swimming

Jolanta Mazur
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Small Pond, Portland, Maine 2018

Jon Tobiasz
Portland, ME USA
River Ice No.2, Marlboro, Vermont 2016

Jon Tobiasz
Portland, ME USA
Shard

Jose Snook
Wooler, Northumbria UK

Hot Tub

Judith Monteferrante
Scottsdale, AZ USA
Swirl

Judith Monteferrante
Scottsdale, AZ USA
See Into Sky, Series II

Julie O'Connor
Weston, CT USA

LA Rain

Larry French
Culver City, Ca USA
Rocky Mountains Submerged

Lisa Redburn
Plymouth, MA United States
Garden Water Tapestry: Gingko

Lisa Redburn
Plymouth, MA United States

Between the Wish and the Thing

Mark L. Hannah
Sunnyvale, US-CA USA
Water droplets, Troy, New York, April 2017

Michael Bach
Troy, New York USA
Shower Portrait, Troy, New York, October 2016

Michael Bach
Troy, New York USA

Rescue

Michael Duncan
Norman, OK USA
Flying South

Michael Parvin
Atlanta, GA USA
The Wetness of Flakes

Mildred Alpern
New York, New York USA

She Found a Mister

Natalie Fay Green
Bethesda, MD USA
Between the Raindrops

Peggy Reynolds
Essex Jct., VT USA
BEACH

Phil Curry
Austin, TX USA

Lilly and Pads

R. Andrew Hoff
CAMP HILL, PA United States
Rear Window Under Streetlight

R. Andrew Hoff
CAMP HILL, PA United States
Water Reflections, Venice (from "The Lagoon" series)

Scott Bolendz
Bradenton, FL USA

Liquid #3

Scott Lerman
Beacon, NY United States
Liquid #1

Scott Lerman
Beacon, NY United States
Atherton Brook 2

Stephen G Gingold
Amherst, MA United States

Rocks on a beach

Susanna Patras
Reno, NV USA
Safe Harbor

William Horton
Boulder, CO USA

 

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