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Road Trip!

Exhibit Opens 8/16/11 Artists' Reception on 8/19/11 5-7PM
Juror: Douglas Beasley

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Road Trip!

  • JoyOfTheOpenRoad

  • Miami Beach

    Hugh Jones Arlington, VA USA

  • Guilin, China

    Hugh Jones Arlington, VA USA City in North Guangxi, China. Terminus for Li River cruises. Image taken from Diecai Mountain.

  • Bikes

    Ken Signorello Essex Jct., VT USA

  • Reflecting Pool, Washington, DC

    Hugh Jones Arlington, VA USA infrared image.

  • Colosseum, Rome

    Hugh Jones Arlington, VA USA I did a series of these throughout Rome. Almost arrested for taking a picture of the Vittorio Emanuele II Monument through a wineglass. The last image in the series is that of a police captain filling the frame.

  • To The Stars

    Hugh Jones Arlington, VA USA The St Louis Gateway Arch. I took one of the tiny elevator pods to the top - and learned on the way up that I am claustrophobic. infrared image.

  • Abandoned Gas Station

    Samantha VanDeman Villa Park, IL USA

  • Restaurant

    Samantha VanDeman Villa Park, IL USA

  • Pemaquid Point Light at Night

    Jeffrey Smith Furlong, PA USA Shot in the middle of the night on a December 2010 trip through Maine, this photo captures the desolation that lighthouse keepers up and down the coast experienced every day. Pemaquid Light is located in Bristol, Maine and was built in 1835.

  • Tanzenia Tail Dragger

  • Greta Goes Home

  • Abandoned Six Flags

    April Rocha Santa Monica, ca USA Shot with a Diana camera at the abandoned Six Flags New Orleans amusement park

  • Road to Where?

    April Rocha Santa Monica, ca USA Shot with a Diana camera outside Austin, Texas

  • Leaving

    April Rocha Santa Monica, ca USA Shot with a Diana camera outside Austin, Texas

  • African Ambulance

  • Morning Fog, Keoladeo, India

    Jon Hyde and Kimberly Sultze Colchester, VT USA Early morning travelers make their way along the road through the center of Keoladeo National Park in northern India.

  • Walkway to Beach

  • Thanks for Letting Me Know

    April Rocha Santa Monica, ca USA Shot with a Diana camera outside Austin, Texas

  • "Ferris Wheel"

    Carol Serur San Marcos, TX USA This ferris wheel was set up for "Oysterfest" in Fulton, Texas. The sign in front of it is always there, but was"highlighted" by the presense of the big wheel for the weekend. The owner of this tour business put this image on his screensaver.

  • "Welcome to Hochheim"

    Carol Serur San Marcos, TX USA This tiny post office always caught my eye whenever I drove by it. I finally stopped and took a picture of it when a teepee showed up behind the building.

  • "Right of Way"

    Carol Serur San Marcos, TX USA If you've ever been to Yellowstone, you will recognize this scene. Bison have the right of way on the park roads. It was so cold that morning, this bison had icicles hanging from his legs.

  • Hotel Room, White River Junction

    Erica Brown Burlington, VT USA

  • Lamplighter Inn

    Erica Brown Burlington, VT USA Brattleboro, Vermont, 2010

  • Vermont Windshield Sunset

    Erica Brown Burlington, VT USA

  • Road Trip to Immesity II

    Sansert Choabert Capital Federal, Buenos Aires Argentina Part of the series "Road Trip to Immesity". Taken in Mendoza, Argentina.

  • Sunset Tucumcari

    Linda Morrow Long Beach, CA USA This image was made late on a summer evening in Tucumcari, NM with a bank of clouds building and a wind turbine standing quietly to await the electrical storm that eventually followed.

  • Cars do not live here

  • No Traffic

    Maurizio Lanciotti Parma, Parma Italy Where progress has stopped, you can see things our eyes have forgotten.

  • Desserts

    Erica Brown Burlington, VT USA Cafe window art in Hilo, Hawaii

  • Peruvian Highway

    Amarildo Correa Sao Caetano do Sul, Sao Paulo Brazil I made this photo during a trip to Ollantaytambo Ruins in the Sacred Valley - Peru.

  • At the Hana Cross

    Kim Gifford Bethel, VT USA Keanu lost in thought after a Bible study at the Paul Fagin Cross in Hana, Maui, HI. Photo taken with Canon 20D camera.

  • Girl in a Green Dress

    Kim Gifford Bethel, VT USA A tourist photographs herself on the North Shore of Oahu. Photo taken with Canon 20D and digitally processed in Photoshop CS5.

  • Ring of Kerry - Ireland

    Harry Sandler Mount Vernon, New York USA I have made three trips to Ireland to photograph...The Ring of Kerry has always been high on my list.Most days the light is truly magical in nature...Now if the roads could be slightly wider....This is an image from one of favorite spots in the Ring.

  • Motel, Kentucky

    Ricardo Febre McKinleyville, CA USA

  • Motel, California

    Ricardo Febre McKinleyville, CA USA

  • Girl And Her Kick Ass Car

    Joni Kabana Portland, OR USA This image was taken while looking for subjects for the America 24/7 assignment. At this event I felt a super charged high energy from all of the participants. I wanted to capture with my camera the protective love this girl has for her vintage car.

  • Speed

  • Motel, Nevada, no. 2

    Ricardo Febre McKinleyville, CA USA

  • Citgo

    Samantha VanDeman Villa Park, IL USA

  • Destination Arctic Circle, Alaska

    Jon Hyde and Kimberly Sultze Colchester, VT USA This photograph was taken on a road trip from Vermont to the Arctic Circle in Alaska during the summer of 2010. Along the Dalton Highway, the summer sun shines nearly 24 hours a day on the tundra and travelers alike.

  • Blurred Drive

  • Lost Road

  • Cafe

    Kate Weybret Los Angeles, CA USA

  • Untitled (Bus Culture of Central America series)

    Alexander Diaz St. Augustine, FL USA alexdiazphoto.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 Calendar (subject to change)
All selected entries are included in a full color exhibit catalog. Juror's Choice receives a 20x35" vinyl exhibit banner featuring their image. 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.
Submissions Close 7/19/11 Midnight EST
Selections Announced
by 7/26/11
Check-in Due
8/9/11
Receipt Deadline
8/13/11
Exhibit Opens
8/16/11
Artists Reception
8/19/11
Exhibit Closes
9/9/11

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


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
African Ambulance

Ann George
Shreveport, LA USA
Greta Goes Home

Ann George
Shreveport, LA USA

Tanzenia Tail Dragger

Ann George
Shreveport, LA USA
Thanks for Letting Me Know

April Rocha
Santa Monica, ca USA
Abandoned Six Flags

April Rocha
Santa Monica, ca USA

Road to Where?

April Rocha
Santa Monica, ca USA
Leaving

April Rocha
Santa Monica, ca USA
"Right of Way"

Carol Serur
San Marcos, TX USA

"Welcome to Hochheim"

Carol Serur
San Marcos, TX USA
"Ferris Wheel"

Carol Serur
San Marcos, TX USA
Desserts

Erica Brown
Burlington, VT USA

Hotel Room, White River Junction

Erica Brown
Burlington, VT USA
Lamplighter Inn

Erica Brown
Burlington, VT USA
Vermont Windshield Sunset

Erica Brown
Burlington, VT USA

Blurred Drive

Gary Tobler
Colchester, VT USA
Lost Road

Gary Tobler
Colchester, VT USA
Speed

Gary Tobler
Colchester, VT USA

Walkway to Beach

Gary Tobler
Colchester, VT USA
Ring of Kerry - Ireland

Harry Sandler
Mount Vernon, NY USA
Colosseum, Rome

Hugh Jones
Arlington, VA USA

Reflecting Pool, Washington, DC

Hugh Jones
Arlington, VA USA
Miami Beach

Hugh Jones
Arlington, VA USA
Guilin, China

Hugh Jones
Arlington, VA USA

Pemaquid Point Light at Night

Jeffrey Smith
Furlong, PA USA
Morning Fog, Keoladeo, India

Jon Hyde and Kimberly Sultze
Colchester, VT USA
Destination Arctic Circle, Alaska

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
Essex, VT USA

At the Hana Cross

Kim Gifford
Bethel, VT USA
Girl in a Green Dress

Kim Gifford
Bethel, VT USA
Sunset Tucumcari

Linda Morrow
Long Beach, CA USA

Cars do not live here

Maurizio Lanciotti
Parma, Parma Italy
No Traffic

Maurizio Lanciotti
Parma, Parma Italy
Motel, Nevada, no. 2

Ricardo Febre
McKinleyville, CA USA

Motel, Kentucky

Ricardo Febre
McKinleyville, CA USA
Motel, California

Ricardo Febre
McKinleyville, CA USA
Restaurant

Samantha VanDeman
Villa Park, IL USA

Citgo

Samantha VanDeman
Villa Park, IL USA
Abandoned Gas Station

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).


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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