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EXHIBIT Closed on February 18th 2012

Juror: Elizabeth Opalenik

Juror's Choice by Magnus Snorrason

The Human Form, simple yet subtly complex, always present yet hidden, expose your vision.

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Exhibit Opens:23 February 12
Artists' Reception:26 February 12 00:00
Exhibit Closes:18 March 12
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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.

Juror Statement:

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.

Attention to details is why I chose "Strength" as the winner.  The photographer was present in all aspects when he/she made the image. Just as those that received honorable mentions were present when they clicked the shutter.  With so little information,  in "Film Noir light through door",  I can feel the rest of the person and I am curious; "She Breaches" finds the male/female in the same image; the honest gaze/gesture in  "Addressed" haunted me; "Spider Girl" was again an image of conscious, elegant choices; and from experience I could respect how difficult it is to portray the beauty in "Sunrise".  I learned a lot looking at these images. For the chance to see through the eyes of so many talented photographers, we should all be grateful.

Elizabeth Opalenik


Strength
Juror's Choice

Magnus Snorrason
Belmont, Massachusetts USA
Sunrise
People's Choice
Honorable Mention

Crystalline Photography
Deer Park, WI USA
She Breaches
Honorable Mention

David Swanson
Marcell, Minnesota USA

Spider Girl
Honorable Mention

durga Garcia
West Palm Beach, FL USA
Addressed
Honorable Mention

Will Swanson
Montréal, Québec Canada
Lyle

A M Clark
Weymouth, MA USA

Vase
SOLD

Anca Cernoschi
Timisoara, Romania
Possession

Becky Jaffe
Oakland, CA USA
Double Helix

Becky Jaffe
Oakland, CA USA

Mirrored

Bert Halstead
Belmont, MA USA
Baby Belly Bodyscape

Bert Halstead
Belmont, MA USA
untitled 8

Blake Dieters
Fort Collins, CO USA

Just Barely

Caitie Sweet
Bourbonnias, Illinois [IL] USA
Flowers

Claire Mallett
Los Angeles, CA USA
Angry

Dan Wills
Mamaroneck, NY USA

Maine

Dave Levingston
Springfield, Ohio USA
Lani

Dave Levingston
Springfield, Ohio USA
Brooke In A Stream

Dave Levingston
Springfield, Ohio USA

Untitled Nude, 1999, #1

Dave Rudin
Brooklyn, NY USA
Iron Cross

David Swanson
Marcell, Minnesota USA
Grace

Denise Trotier Johnson
Williston, VT USA

Zakhar

Dok Wright
Burlington, VT USA
distortion mirror

Drew Hoffman
Blacksburg, VA USA
Mudded Torso

durga Garcia
West Palm Beach, FL USA

In Thought

durga Garcia
West Palm Beach, FL USA
Film noir light through door
Honorable Mention

edward olive
Madrid, Madrid Spain
Summer

Ekaterina Bykhovskaya
Strasbourg, France

Arch of light
SOLD

Ekaterina Bykhovskaya
Strasbourg, France
55.7 inches

erin zerbe
richmond, VA USA
Home

Ge'ne Clem
Peachtree City, Ga USA

Untitled

Hugh Jones
Arlington, VA USA
Oceana

Jeff Wack
N. Hollywood, CA USA
Dancer

Ken Beach
Chicago, IL USA

The Shrine

Lisolette Gilcrest
Fort Wayne, Indiana USA
Terrain (Triptych)

Lisolette Gilcrest
Fort Wayne, Indiana USA
Peter

Lori Pond
Los Angeles, CA USA

Circle of Life

Lori Pond
Los Angeles, CA USA
Shiver

Magnus Snorrason
Belmont, Massachusetts USA
Sonata

Marian Rubin
Montclair, NJ USA

Haus der Kunst

Mark C. Haskins
Apple Valley, Minnesota USA
Brooke, Antelope Canyon

Mark C. Haskins
Apple Valley, Minnesota USA
Sarah Swa • Los Angeles, CA • 2009
SOLD

Markus Goerg
Los Angeles, CA USA

Under the sky

Ning Fan
Fairfax, VA USA
Veil 4 from the series "un-veiled"

Patricia Pastore
London, London United Kingdom
Anagogy

Randel Barbera
Colorado Springs, CO USA

Figure in Witchcat Falls - Wide

Stephen Beattie
Burlington, VT USA
Claudine in Winter Sun

Theo Streibel
Madison, WI USA
Nude Spine No.1

Theo Streibel
Madison, WI USA

Through

Will Swanson
Montréal, Québec Canada

Juror: Elizabeth Opalenik

Elizabeth’s work has been featured in Zoom, Camera ArtsBlack 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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