Exhibit Opens 25 Jan 2012 Artists' Reception 29 January 3-5PM
Juror: Elizabeth Opalenik
The Human Form, simple yet subtly complex, always present yet hidden, expose your vision.
Our bodies: forbidden, subverted, suppressed. Our bodies: elevated, venerated, and sanctified. The human form is unceasingly beautiful, complex, and remarkable. It is one of the very few things that all of us has in common, and yet is a source of perpetual cultural, spiritual, and scientific dissension. What better proof of this diversity than through the Photographic Arts. The Human Form has been its eternally devoted, perpetual muse. The body insights love, loss, envy and greed, devotion and esteem.
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I was honored to jury the images for "The Human Form", but given the number of strong submissions, it soon became evident how complex the task would become. I strove for diversity within the genre, often comparing similar images against one another where only minutia brought one to the forefront. But it is that minutia that makes images stronger...an attention to detail in lighting, the crop, or where shadows or highlights are placed. Other photographs, though often strong, weren't chosen because they were more about the process, location, or a compelling portrait that was less about the resulting human form. In the end, the "less is more approach" and those images that asked questions, comprised the final choices that make this exhibition.
Elizabeth’s work has been featured in Zoom, Camera Arts, Black and White Magazine, Silvershotz, Photo District News, Collectors Photography and Progresso Fotografico, among others. Commercial clients including Life Magazine, Gossard Lingerie, Coty Perfume, Michael Good Design, Sea Air Holidays and ongoing campaigns for The Ladies Professional Golf Association and Nancy Lopez Golf. She is exhibited, collected and published internationally and recently published her first monograph "Poetic Grace: Elizabeth Opalenik Photographs 1979-2007".
She uses the Mordançage darkroom process, hand painting, and contemporary digital imaging in mix, utilizing their combined boundless creative possibilities. Between imagination and dreams, she believes all great photographs are an extension of the photographer – in essence, self-portraits. Her darkroom skills, photo therapeutic approach, and the inspiration from her work, make her a popular facilitator. She conducts photography workshops internationally, in partnership with the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, the Maine Media Workshops, the British Guild of Portrait Photographers, National Geographic Expeditions, The Rencontres d’Arles, and others.
We are honored to have Elizabeth lend her eye to the Darkroom Gallery as Juror for “The Human Form.” In the meantime, visit her at www.opalenik.com.
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