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Juror: Douglas Beasley

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)
Exhibit Opens:16 August 11
Artists' Reception:19 August 11 11:58
Exhibit Closes:9 September 11
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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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