Exhibits

EXHIBIT Closed on November 4th 2011

Jurors: Justin Gural and Corey Rich

Juror's Choice: Ski to Sea by Brian Mohr and Emily
Johnson of Moretown, VT, USA

Playgrounds come in all shapes and sizes, and they're likely the first place your sense of adventure was tested . . . and further cultivated. For the outdoor aficionado, what first started as an obsession for see-saws, swing sets, slides, jungle gyms, and sandboxes, has since turned into an instinctive passion for adventure by means of a different type of playground -- the natural playground.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:11 October 11
Artists' Reception:15 October 11 00:00
Exhibit Closes:4 November 11
Natural Playground
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

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Whether by trail, rock, water, snow or air, where has your obsession for adventure taken you? What's your photographic definition of Living the Dream? Skiing or snowboarding in the Alps or at your local hill? Climbing in Thailand or at the backyard crag? Mountain Biking in British Columbia or on your neighborhood trails? Surfing pristine Tahiti barrels or a quiet home break? Kayaking through Patagonia or along your favorite coastline?

Juror's Statement
The original concept for the "Natural Playground" exhibit was to create a professional-grade pedestal --with gallery space, editorial content and sponsorships-- and open it to the public through Darkroom Gallery's existing digital-friendly juried exhibit format. Hoping to invite and curate a blend of amateur and professional photos, Corey and I were blown away by the diverse selection of quality images submitted for this first-time, rather spontaneous event. We can't thank our enthusiastic sponsors enough, the great prize packages we secured was icing on the cake --and no doubt helped stoke some of these image submissions. We hope you enjoy the exhibit, which in the end, showcases how much fun you can have while chasing adventure in the outdoors.
Justin Gural


Ski to Sea
Juror's Choice

Brian Mohr and Emily Johnson
Moretown, VT USA
Cave Mamet
People's Choice

Nenad Saljic
Split, Croatia
Cycling into Last Light
SOLD

Adam Coppola
Madison, CT USA

The Light at the End of the Canyon

Adam Coppola
Madison, CT USA
Back Arch in Canyonlands

Adam Coppola
Madison, CT USA
Khumbu

Alexandre Buisse
Lyon, France

Tormented

Alexandre Buisse
Lyon, France
Summit Mushroom

Alexandre Buisse
Lyon, France
Exposed

Alexandre Buisse
Lyon, France

Cecilia

Becky Jaffe
Oakland, CA USA
Kauai

Becky Jaffe
Oakland, CA USA
Iceland Fissure

Brian Mohr and Emily Johnson
Moretown, VT USA

Midnight Ski Camp

Brian Mohr and Emily Johnson
Moretown, VT USA
Solitude

Brian Riopelle
Bolton Valley, VT USA
The Water Runners

Bryan Ballinger
Huntington, in USA

Top Out

Clinton Lewis
Bowling Green, KY USA
Pow-Derrr

Dana Allen
Burlington, VT USA
Smoothing out the Berm

Dana Allen
Burlington, VT USA

Inverted Appreciation

Dana Allen
Burlington, VT USA
Huck/Fly

Dana Allen
Burlington, VT USA
Rooster(ing)

Dana Allen
Burlington, VT USA

Bridge Day

Daniel Sohner
Hilliard, Ohio USA
Last of the Day

Daniel Sohner
Hilliard, Ohio USA
Rest

Daniel Sohner
Hilliard, Ohio USA

Bridge Day Rappel

Daniel Sohner
Hilliard, Ohio USA
Descent

Daniel Sohner
Hilliard, Ohio USA
Golden Staircase Shadow

Don Watkins
Jackson, WY USA

Early Morning Glass

Don Watkins
Jackson, WY USA
Surfing The White Wave

Don Watkins
Jackson, WY USA
Deep Water Kayaking

Gary Tobler
Colchester, VT USA

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Hugh Jones
Arlington, VA USA
Spacetime

Hugh Jones
Arlington, VA USA
Priest Draw

Joe Cornett
Flagstaff, AZ USA

Playground of Waves

Jon Hyde and Kimberly Sultze
Colchester, VT USA
Above the Horizon

Jon Hyde and Kimberly Sultze
Colchester, VT USA
Pulled by the Wind

Jon Hyde and Kimberly Sultze
Colchester, VT USA

Ice Curves

Jon Hyde and Kimberly Sultze
Colchester, VT USA
Kristen Ulmer

Joni Kabana
Portland, OR USA
Boulder With A View

Joshua Montague
Boulder, Colorado USA

Series: Grounded / Title: Fort Funtson #238

Kerry Mansfield
San Francisco, CA USA
Mountaineer

Richard Young
Plimmerton, Wellington New Zealand
Mt. Tongariro

Richard Young
Plimmerton, Wellington New Zealand

Kayaking On A Mountain Lake

Russ Hartung
Morrisonville, NY USA
Late Afternoon Kayaking

Russ Hartung
Morrisonville, NY USA
Jesse Huffman. Moscow Backcountry

Shem Roose
Richmond, VT USA

Jesse Huffman. Montpelier Backcountry.

Shem Roose
Richmond, VT USA

 


Juror:  Corey Rich

 

Corey Rich is a photographer, Filmmaker & Principal at Aurora Photos and one of the world's most recognized adventure and outdoor lifestyle visual storytellers. He has captured stunning still photos and video on a wide array of assignments, including rock climbing in India, ultra-marathon racing in the Sahara Desert of Morocco, freight train hopping in the American West, and snowboarding in Papua New Guinea. His editorial work includes assignments for National Geographic Adventure, Outside, Sports Illustrated and The New York Times Magazine. Commercial clients include Anheuser-Busch, Apple, Nike and The North Face. Today, much of his time goes into capturing both still images and video for the creation of multimedia projects for commercial and editorial clients.

As Vice President and co-owner of Aurora Photos, Rich was the driving force behind founding Aurora’s Outdoor Collection, which is the world’s leading brand of outdoor adventure and outdoor lifestyle photography. Additionally, Rich is a Nikon evangelist and a member of the SanDisk Extreme Team. He is also on the Board of Directors for The Access Fund, member of the Visual Journalism Advisory Board at Brooks Institute, co-founder and lead instructor of the National Geographic Adventure Photography Workshop, member of the Rowell Legacy Committee and on The Rowell Award for the Art of Adventure judging panel. His first book, My Favorite Place: Great Athletes In The Great Outdoors, was published by Chronicle Books.

Juror:  Justin Gural

Justin Gural is a marketing and communications freelancer with photography playing a prominent role throughout his commercial and editorial work. He approached us in the Fall of 2010, proposing to prepare and curate a juried gallery exhibit focusing on sports, adventure, travel and the outdoor lifestyle. A concept that relates directly with the active, local Vermont community, as well as the global adventure landscape, we're excited to see "Natural Playgrounds" come to fruition.

As founder and director of Cortex Marketing Network, a full-service marketing and communications agency staffed by an influential group of freelancing professionals, Gural leads the network specializing in integrated brand strategy, design and creative, photo/video production, public relations and copywriting, and event management. He has spent nine years committed to industry-leading brands such as Burton Snowboards, Fuse Marketing, Eastern Mountain Sports, Gatorade/Pepsi Co., MasterCraft Boat Company, Bombardier Recreational Products, USA Swimming, Select Design and the Burlington Free Press.

Gural also leads the editorial team at VentureThere.com, USA Today's adventure sports, active travel and outdoor lifestyle website. He directs the website's content flow, manages photography, writes and edits editorial features, as well as travels to unique destinations while documenting the adventure. He will be covering this exhibit on behalf of VentureThere.com once it's underway, including photo galleries of selected submissions as well as a "Viewfinder" photographer profile of the winning photographer.

EXHIBIT Closed on October 7th 2011

  

Juror: Chris Buck

Dream Eater by Brandy Worsfold of Citrus Heights, CA, USA

Juror's Choice: Dream Eater by Brandy Worsfold
of Citrus Heights, CA, USA

Chris Buck chose 46 images beyond the traditional portrait - more than just a eloquently captured face.  They include uncanny, parody, distortions, subtle suggestions and in-your-face implications.  For “Persona” we sought portraits devised outside the box (or in one, if applicable). We called for captured characters.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:13 September 11
Artists' Reception:TBD
Exhibit Closes:7 October 11
Persona
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

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There can be more to a superb portrait than a superb likeness of an individual a the testimony to their soul can be visioned way beyond the eyes.  How much can you tell us about a person with just one image?  Their life story?  Perhaps.  How did you show the idiosyncrasies, quirks, that make your sitters both physically and emotionally, individuals?  We can’t wait to fill our gallery walls with a newly visioned kind of face - portrait as character and caricature. 

 
Juror's Statement:
It was really a joy going through this work - playful, inventive and skillful. I love that there was a leaning towards the surreal and the psychological in much of the work. I want to mention that a number of impressive pieces were cut as they didn't relate strongly enough to the portrait theme, particularly some fashion work and street photography.
Chris Buck


Dream Eater
Juror's Choice
SOLD

Brandy Worsfold
Citrus Heights, California USA
Brian as the photographer

Allison Welch
Coralville, IA USA
Resurrection – Pamela and Toma

Arnold Reinisch
Graz, Austria

Not Outside

Bryan Ballinger
Huntington, in USA
Invidia, Eight Temptations series

Catlin Harrison
London, England U.K
untitled

Claude Peschel Dutombe
Bangkok, Thailand

Rose #2

Claude Peschel Dutombe
Bangkok, Thailand
Josephine, widowed

Dan Cook
Philadelphia, PA USA
Faces On The Street 21

Dick Sanders
La Quinta, CA USA

Perfection

Elisabeth Neville
Marblehead, MA USA
Peregrine

Emily Friedensohn
Essex Jct., VT USA
M'as tu vu ?

Florent LIARD
Clisson, loire atlantique France

Gold Dust Girls

Geneviève Thauvette
Ottawa, ON Canada
soot
People's Choice

gideon ansell
boston, ma usa
whispers

gideon ansell
boston, ma usa

Street Fair Photographer
SOLD

Harry Sandler
Mount Vernon, NY USA
Writer

Harry Sandler
Mount Vernon, NY USA
Dorothy In Oz

Hugh Jones
Arlington, VA USA

Penumbra

Hugh Jones
Arlington, VA USA
Jiving With Miro

Hugh Jones
Arlington, VA USA
Soccer Team—Peter Kronblad

Ida Rödén
San Francisco, California USA

The Only One

Jason Sanqui
Walnut, CA USA
Obesophobia

Jesse Fox
Crescent Springs, KY USA
Ronald's Daughter

Jesse Fox
Crescent Springs, KY USA

Daddy

Joni Kabana
Portland, OR USA
A Dog and Her Boy.
People's Choice

Kathy Hudson
Williston, VT USA
Insubstantial Presence

Keith Parks
La Mesa, CA USA

Kelly and Amy (with Speck)

Kristin Skees
Hampton, Virginia USA
Susanne Staun, Danish crime writer.

Laerke Posselt
Copenhagen K, Denmark
Melica Mehraban, Danish-Iranian actress.

Laerke Posselt
Copenhagen K, Denmark

Despair

Lester Blum
New York, NY USA
Pink Elephant

Matt Neckers
Eden, VT USA
Damon - College Student

Michael Middleton
Summit, NJ USA

Me Shadow With Glasses

Michael Teres
Geneseo, NY USA
Me

Michael Teres
Geneseo, NY USA
selfportrait

Muschel
Brussels, Belgium

Untitled 2

Nigel Lord
Dorchester, Dorset UK
Matt V.

Patrick Lancaster
Williston, VT USA
Caged

Paul Scott Page
Hyrum, UT USA

Her Bed

Pembrooke Werden
Dublin, NH USA
Hopestill

Pembrooke Werden
Dublin, NH USA
Loving Dead 2.0

Pere Ibañez
Barcelona, SPAIN

Pieces of Me: Fat

R.L. Gibson
Gatlinburg, TN USA
John Gibby (from the "Multiverse" series)

Stephanie Landry
Baton Rouge, LA USA
Me and my name

Timothy Dicke
Yellowstone NP, Wy USA

The-Mind's-eye-myth

Vincent Serbin
Lake Katrine, NY USA


Juror:  Chris Buck

We’re thrilled to have Chris Buck as inspiration and aesthetic eye for “Persona “  His portraits have been surprising us, making us laugh, causing us to ask questions, and inspiring us to think outside of the box for years.  His brand of image making (over two decades worth) infuses wit with uncommon gesture and implied meaning.   He tells more than a story – he creates tales (sometimes through pure expression).  Chris was the first recipient for the Arnold Newman Portrait Prize (2007), which we think he so rightfully deserved!  His clients include IBM, Microsoft, Moviefone, Citibank, GQ, Blender and The New York Times Magazine.  From uncanny celebrity portraits, to advertising humor, to editorial wisdom, Chris Buck has offered us a very special take on our world of Personas.  His bio is in the pictures – catch a glimpse into Chris Buck’s kind at www.chrisbuck.com.

A road trip is synonymous with nostalgia; they are opportunities for memorable moments of exploration and experience.  The best road trips are the ones that offer us indelible experiences - experiences touching the things and people that we barely get to know and may never see again, but which leave lifelong impressions.

Where have you been?  What and whom did you see?  How did you see them?  Whether it was from a convertible or a bicycle, on trailer or train, boat, parachute or via your own two feet, you’ve captured the essence of the freedoms and inspirations we feel being ‘on the road’.   Show us the photographic moments you’ve captured that will inspire our next trip.

 

EXHIBIT Closed on August 12th 2011

Juror: Paul Mobley

Juror's Choice: Antique Kenyan Beans and
Maize Smallholder Farmer by Nicholas Mitchell
of Stuttgart, Baden-Wuerttemberg Germany

Source material for “Down on the Farm” was endless: the backyard garden to the 1000-acre ranch, rice paddies to cotton fields, the chicken coop to the breeding barn, milking stand to dairy co-operative, sugar house to forest floor, road-side veggie stand to farmers' markets, agricultural auctions to agricultural fairs.  Paying tribute to the men and women who work the land and raise the animals that nourish us all.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:19 July 11
Artists' Reception:22 July 11 17:00
Exhibit Closes:12 August 11
Down on the Farm
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

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A look back:  The Farm Security Administration was born in 1935 in the United States as a means to battle poverty in rural America.  It was the documentary photographic work born of this era and via the goals of the FSA, that the first major bodies of work depicting agriculture and its social realities came into being. The majority of the work produced was by fifteen Photographers (a total of 44 photographers had been hired) including such greats as Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Carl Mydans and Ben Shahn.  Look to their images, as well as contemporary Ag-Documentarians for your inspiration (Paul Mobley is one practiced suggestion!).

 
Juror's Statement:

I want to thank everyone for taking the time to enter their images. They're were SO many nice photographs. I chose the finals based on composition, lighting, drama, execution. But mostly.......emotion.A good photograph has to move you. It has to stop you in your tracks. It makes you wonder.............I think the final choices display all of the above qualities that make photography so wonderful. It helps us all see the world in a different and beautiful way.
 
Both of the juror's choice images were brilliant!
Paul Moble


Antique Kenyan beans and maize smallholder farmer
Juror's Choice

Nicholas Mitchell
Stuttgart, Baden-Wuerttemberg Germany
Building Storm in the Panhandle
Juror's Choice

Stephen Braxton Thompson
Cary, NC USA
Barn Geometry
People's Choice

Edward Lilley
Bradford, VT USA

Farm Dog

Amy Kolzow
Selah, Washington USA
Texas Sheepdogs

Betty Gillis
La Vernia, Texas USA
Drought

Betty Gillis
La Vernia, Texas USA

Road Ewe

Betty Gillis
La Vernia, Texas USA
Thai Woman Transplanting Rice

Bob Tetro
Arlington, VA. USA
"Windmill and Storms"

Bonnie Stasser
Goodland, Kansas USA

"Waiting In Line"

Bonnie Stasser
Goodland, Kansas USA
The Girl and the Wheat

Bryan Ballinger
Huntington, in USA
Colorado's Canola

Carol Serur
San Marcos, TX USA

Inquisitive Sheep

Colin Grubel
Brooklyn, NY USA
Nagle Farm, Sheep on 3,000 Year Old Suteren

Cynthia O'Dell
Fillmore, IN USA
Sheep Farm, Co. Mayo, Ireland

Cynthia O'Dell
Fillmore, IN USA

The Riehle Farm

Dena Wallace
dickinson, TX USA
Wind And Water

Edward Lilley
Bradford, VT USA
Horse Farm Dawn

Gerry Davis
Williston, VT USA

Down in the Garden

Janette James
Pawling, NY USA
The Paddock

Janette James
Pawling, NY USA
Dusty Dusk

Joe P. Dick
Wheaton, IL USA

A Winter Stroll

John Churchman
Essex Jct., VT USA
Goslings First Walk

John Churchman
Essex Jct., VT USA
Radish hands

Kaarina Venalainen
Oakville, Ontario Canada

Adoration

Kaarina Venalainen
Oakville, Ontario Canada
Hay Day

Kim Gifford
Bethel, VT USA
The Morning Gather

Kimberly Beer
Adrian, MO USA

A Boy and his Dog

Kimberly Beer
Adrian, MO USA
Best Lab on the Farm, Vt.

Len Speier
New York, NY USA
Solo Silo

Molly Geiger
Waitsfield, VT USA

Rooster Crow

Molly Geiger
Waitsfield, VT USA
Pigeon Wings

Molly Geiger
Waitsfield, VT USA
Horse's Mouth

Molly Geiger
Waitsfield, VT USA

Barn Door Wind

Molly Geiger
Waitsfield, VT USA
Way to Market

Pit Buehler
Baar, Zug Switzerland
Modern Times

Pit Buehler
Baar, Zug Switzerland

Farm, Montrose, Colorado, 2011

Richard Allen Ashmore
Orange, TX USA
Barbed Wire, 2006

Richard Allen Ashmore
Orange, TX USA
Round-up

Sally Thomson
Placitas, NM USA

Grazin in the grass

Sally Thomson
Placitas, NM USA
Oklahoma Ranch at High Noon

Stephen Braxton Thompson
Cary, NC USA
A Spring Orchard

Stephen Braxton Thompson
Cary, NC USA

Barn with Full Moon, Warwick NY

Stephen F Sherman
Bronx, NY USA
High Lonesome

Steve Immel
Ranchos de Taos, NM USA
Down on the Farm

Stewart McHenry
Burlington, VT USA

Corn harvest

Ted Alcorn
Albuquerque, NM USA
Corn harvest

Ted Alcorn
Albuquerque, NM USA
An Expanse

Ty Beaver
Klamath Falls, Oregon USA


Juror:  Paul Mobley

“From the fishing villages of Alaska to the palaces of Croatia, Mobley has traveled the world over to capture and celebrate humanity in its infinite forms.” Paul Mobley’s portraits are rich with intimacy – close-up, straight, real, indicative of the souls behind the eyes.American Farmer cover

Mobley began his photographic education at the Detroit Center for Creative Studies.  He continued his training through apprenticeships in New York with such greats as Annie Leibovitz and Steve Steigman.  He grew his photography into a successful commercial career working for a broad range of corporate, advertising, and editorial clients, including American Express, Sony, Citigroup, Ford, Compaq, Gourmet, Max Factor, Chevrolet, Microsoft, and many others.

Mobley visited over 200 farms and ranches across the United States to collect the over 150 portraits that appear in “American Farmer: Portraits from the Heartland” (2008 by Welcome books).  Following the tradition of Richard Avedon’s watershed monograph and Mike Disfarmer’s Heber Sprints series, “American Farmer” is an epic monument to the spirit of rural life through the faces and words of those who sustain and nurture the land.  Mobley’s dedication to the “American Farmer” project, allow him an experienced and practiced eye through which to jury “Down on the Farm.” For an additional dose of Paul Mobley's photographic life, check out his blog.

EXHIBIT Closed on September 9th 2011

Juror: Douglas Beasley

Juror's Choice: Joy of the Open Road by Edward Lilley
of Bradford, VT, USA

A road trip is synonymous with nostalgia; they are opportunities for memorable moments of exploration and experience.  The best road trips are the ones that offer us indelible experiences - experiences touching the things and people that we barely get to know and may never see again, but which leave lifelong impressions.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:16 August 11
Artists' Reception:19 August 11 11:58
Exhibit Closes:9 September 11
Road Trip!
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

Where have you been?  What and whom did you see?  How did you see them?  Whether it was from a convertible or a bicycle, on trailer or train, boat, parachute or via your own two feet, you’ve captured the essence of the freedoms and inspirations we feel being ‘on the road’.   Show us the photographic moments you’ve captured that will inspire our next trip.

 


JoyOfTheOpenRoad
Juror's Choice

Edward Lilley
Bradford, VT USA
To The Stars
People's Choice

Hugh Jones
Arlington, VA USA
Untitled (Bus Culture of Central America series)

Alexander Diaz
St. Augustine, FL USA

Peruvian Highway

Amarildo Correa
Sao Caetano do Sul, Sao Paulo Brazil
Tanzenia Tail Dragger

Ann George
Shreveport, LA USA
Greta Goes Home

Ann George
Shreveport, LA USA

African Ambulance

Ann George
Shreveport, LA USA
Leaving

April Rocha
Santa Monica, ca USA
Road to Where?

April Rocha
Santa Monica, ca USA

Abandoned Six Flags

April Rocha
Santa Monica, ca USA
Thanks for Letting Me Know

April Rocha
Santa Monica, ca USA
"Ferris Wheel"

Carol Serur
San Marcos, TX USA

"Welcome to Hochheim"

Carol Serur
San Marcos, TX USA
"Right of Way"

Carol Serur
San Marcos, TX USA
Vermont Windshield Sunset

Erica Brown
Burlington, VT USA

Lamplighter Inn

Erica Brown
Burlington, VT USA
Hotel Room, White River Junction

Erica Brown
Burlington, VT USA
Desserts

Erica Brown
Burlington, VT USA

Walkway to Beach

Gary Tobler
Colchester, VT USA
Speed

Gary Tobler
Colchester, VT USA
Lost Road

Gary Tobler
Colchester, VT USA

Blurred Drive

Gary Tobler
Colchester, VT USA
Ring of Kerry - Ireland

Harry Sandler
Mount Vernon, NY USA
Guilin, China

Hugh Jones
Arlington, VA USA

Miami Beach

Hugh Jones
Arlington, VA USA
Reflecting Pool, Washington, DC

Hugh Jones
Arlington, VA USA
Colosseum, Rome

Hugh Jones
Arlington, VA USA

Pemaquid Point Light at Night

Jeffrey Smith
Furlong, PA USA
Destination Arctic Circle, Alaska

Jon Hyde and Kimberly Sultze
Colchester, VT USA
Morning Fog, Keoladeo, India

Jon Hyde and Kimberly Sultze
Colchester, VT USA

Girl And Her Kick Ass Car

Joni Kabana
Portland, OR USA
Cafe

Kate Weybret
Los Angeles, CA USA
Along US 50 in Nevada.

Ken Signorello User
Essex, VT USA

Girl in a Green Dress

Kim Gifford
Bethel, VT USA
At the Hana Cross

Kim Gifford
Bethel, VT USA
Sunset Tucumcari

Linda Morrow
Long Beach, CA USA

No Traffic

Maurizio Lanciotti
Parma, Parma Italy
Cars do not live here

Maurizio Lanciotti
Parma, Parma Italy
Motel, California

Ricardo Febre
McKinleyville, CA USA

Motel, Kentucky

Ricardo Febre
McKinleyville, CA USA
Motel, Nevada, no. 2

Ricardo Febre
McKinleyville, CA USA
Abandoned Gas Station

Samantha VanDeman
Villa Park, IL USA

Citgo

Samantha VanDeman
Villa Park, IL USA
Restaurant

Samantha VanDeman
Villa Park, IL USA
Road Trip to Immesity II

Sansert Choabert
Buenos Aires, Argentina

 


Juror:  Douglas Beasley

Our Juror for “Road Trip” is Douglas Beasley, Photographer and Educator.  He has taught at the University of Hawaii, Carleton College, University of Minnesota, and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.  As Founder and Director of Vision Quest Photo Workshops (www.vqphoto.com), Doug is offering his insights, emphasizing personal expression and creative vision, from New Mexico to Peru, China to Africa.

Doug photographs a variety of fine-art based commercial and editorial assignments internationally – check out his client list at douglasbeasley.com.  He is represented by galleries from Hollywood to Italy, and is the recipient of numerous fellowships, grants, and awards.  His first book, “Japan; A Nisei’s First Encounter,” shows us his journey to his mother’s homeland. His second book "Earth Meets Spirit" will be out in the Fall of 2011 (Five Continents Editions, Milan, Italy).

 

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The Road Trip is the most classic of photo themes and one that got many of us started down the path of making photography a serious part of our lives. The very thought of imparting on a road trip is the start of the journey, which is both internal as well as external. A road trip can be as much spiritual journey as it is physical journey.

 

In judging photos, I am looking for photos that speak to me, that have something to say. This is completely subjective and it is important to realize it is only my opinion and not fact. It does not mean one photo is better than another. But it is an informed and educated opinion. Yet still opinion, not fact.

 

I do try and recognize excellence in styles that are not my own or even in styles I am not fond of. It is important to try and take in the breadth of photographic artistry rather then just those images I personally relate to.

 

After the initial emotional impact some of the things I take into consideration are: Technical proficiency, matting and framing, is the print size optimum for the image, print quality and if the image suffers from excessive or crude digital manipulation.

 

I look for photographs that have a sense of mystery, a deeper meaning or even layers of meaning. The composition must be strong and purposeful, not haphazard. The photographer should have an awareness of the whole frame not just subject and background. The intention or ‘voice’ of the photographer should come through. I look for a strong and personal point of view rather than a ‘me too-I can shoot like that’ visual attitude. I want to feel the photographer had a personal connection on some level to their chosen subject rather than finding a random pretty or interesting scene. I would rather see photos with a fresh perspective or an authentic voice than the same tired subjects redone. I would rather the photographer look deeper within his or her self and photograph from an authentic place of connection to the subject rather than copying past photo contest winners-which is a little like coloring inside the lines when you were a kid because you knew you might get praise. I would rather see a photograph that erases the lines altogether.

 

A compelling image may ask more questions than it answers. A good photo leaves room for mystery and interpretation and is more like a poem than a novel. The novel tells you everything in exacting detail but the poem hints at the story in the simplest possible way, removing all that is not essential to get to an essence, leaving room for mystery and interpretation. To me the best photographs show not only what the photographer saw but what and how they felt. This way of interpreting your subject is much harder to do but well worth exploring…

 

 

-Douglas Beasley

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