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Road Trip!

Exhibit Opens 8/16/11 Artists' Reception on 8/19/11 5-7PM
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.


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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



Juror's Choice

Edward Lilley
Bradford, VT USA

People's Choice

Hugh Jones
Arlington, VA USA


Alexander Diaz
St. Augustine, FL USA



Amarildo Correa
Sao Caetano do Sul, Sao Paulo Brazil


Ann George
Shreveport, LA USA


Ann George
Shreveport, LA USA



Ann George
Shreveport, LA USA


April Rocha
Santa Monica, ca USA


April Rocha
Santa Monica, ca USA



April Rocha
Santa Monica, ca USA


April Rocha
Santa Monica, ca USA


Carol Serur
San Marcos, TX USA



Carol Serur
San Marcos, TX USA


Carol Serur
San Marcos, TX USA


Erica Brown
Burlington, VT USA



Erica Brown
Burlington, VT USA


Erica Brown
Burlington, VT USA


Erica Brown
Burlington, VT USA



Gary Tobler
Colchester, VT USA


Gary Tobler
Colchester, VT USA


Gary Tobler
Colchester, VT USA



Gary Tobler
Colchester, VT USA


Harry Sandler
Mount Vernon, NY USA


Hugh Jones
Arlington, VA USA



Hugh Jones
Arlington, VA USA


Hugh Jones
Arlington, VA USA


Hugh Jones
Arlington, VA USA



Jeffrey Smith
Furlong, PA USA


Jon Hyde and Kimberly Sultze
Colchester, VT USA


Jon Hyde and Kimberly Sultze
Colchester, VT USA



Joni Kabana
Portland, OR USA


Kate Weybret
Los Angeles, CA USA


Ken Signorello
Essex, VT USA



Kim Gifford
Bethel, VT USA


Kim Gifford
Bethel, VT USA


Linda Morrow
Long Beach, CA USA



Maurizio Lanciotti
Parma, Parma Italy


Maurizio Lanciotti
Parma, Parma Italy


Ricardo Febre
McKinleyville, CA USA



Ricardo Febre
McKinleyville, CA USA


Ricardo Febre
McKinleyville, CA USA


Samantha VanDeman
Villa Park, IL USA



Samantha VanDeman
Villa Park, IL USA


Samantha VanDeman
Villa Park, IL USA


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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