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Juror: Rafal Maleszyk

Memories I - Juror's Choice by Carmen Spitznagel Waldberg, Germany
Memories II - Juror's Choice by Carmen Spitznagel Waldberg, Germany

Monochrome images from traditional silver black and whites to cyanotypes, sepia toned photographs and anything else in the color-less spectrum.

"The term accessories has come to include a host of photographic gadgets of questionable value..."Ansel Adams, The Camera

"A good daguerreotype was as perfect a kind of photograph as was ever made." Edward Steichen

These two masters enriched the history of photography by being some of the first to experiment with new technologies in a relatively new art medium. They were also traditionalists and truly embraced manual and old photography processes. The hundred and fifty photographers from Steichen's world is millions today, and finding "as perfect a kind of photograph as was ever made" is no longer as simple. Digital cameras and editing software have transformed the medium and opened up whole new worlds for the 21st century photographer. We have dozens of "aps" that help us tweak a digital image to "perfection" in minutes. A vast repertoire of image resources we look to for inspiration and meaning still brings us to the same point of reflection as photographers of the early 20th century: what is the art of photography?

Black and white photography, a genre that many would claim made them fall in love with image-making in the first place, has remained completely relevant and contemporary despite it's ancient roots. It is timeless, sometimes soft, sometimes dramatic and brings new perspective to images and image making. Whether you are a darkroom purist or a Photoshop craftperson, show us your love for hue-less images. We want to see YOUR best black and white or alternative process images for an exhibit that will pay tribute to the origins of photography and praise it's development. 

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:23 February 12
Artists' Reception:26 February 12 00:00
Exhibit Closes:18 March 12
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Juror's Statement:

The jury process for this exhibit was very challenging. There are many great photographs, very strong and creative work. Some although beautiful and creative could not be chosen because they are simply over exposed or over saturated. Even though the original idea, composition or the moment captured is great I did not include some due to overexposed areas or work that is too dark. Some photographs lacked focus. So to sum up: do not over expose, be careful with sharpening, work on composition. The selected works for this exhibition is a representation of strong photographs, that make a great impact, give a strong first impression, are technically correct and are very creative photographic works.

It was a great experience and honor to see all this great work. I thank all photographers including those who's work was not selected. Art is very subjective and I chose what feels right to me, which is not the same for everyone. Keep up the good work. I would be happy to discuss photography with any photographer in this contest.

Rafal Maleszyk

memories I
Juror's Choice
Spitznagel Carmen
Sandberg-Waldberg, Germany
Street Sweeper Under the Waterfall
People's Choice
George S. Gati
Beekman, NY USA
memories II
Juror's Choice
Spitznagel Carmen
Sandberg-Waldberg, Germany

Apartment Zero
Honorable Mention
Ross Laurence Anderson
Minneapolis, MN USA
Honorable Mention
Bernie Kubiak
Amherst, MA USA
Edith (2011)
Honorable Mention
Billy Monday
Frederick, MD USA

Honorable Mention
A delicate treasure hiding
Amidst the castoffs.

Cincinnati, Ohio. Model: Ashlie
Gary Mitchell
Dayton, Ohio USA
A Forest
Honorable Mention
Gilson Geoffrey
Sant Quirze del Valles, Barcelona Spain
Honorable Mention
Thomas Mitchell
Holden, MO USA

Horizon 9, Russian Ridge
Ajay Malghan
Laytonsville, MD USA
Lost Cause
Amy Neill
Mashpee, MA USA
Legs, Hair, and Back
Bert Halstead
Belmont, MA USA

Brandon Fenner
Williston, VT USA
Carlos Eduardo Assalin Nogueira
São Paulo, São Paulo brazil
Chip Rutan
Old Saybrook, CT USA

Daan Kooijman
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Frank Gehry's Disney Concert Hall #1
Dick Sanders
La Quinta, CA USA
Beach Pebbles
Erica Brown
Burlington, VT USA

Sky Waves
Fred Fisher
Marietta, GA USA
Among many wooden waves,
She is a beacon.

Abandoned building, Albany NY. Model: Kaitlyn Anne.
Gary Mitchell
Dayton, Ohio USA
Xray Flight
Gary Tobler
Colchester, VT USA

Ennis Wood
Geoffrey Agrons
Kensington, CA USA
I Turn My Camera On
Hillary Cissell Pease
Midlothian, Virginia USA
Bending Reality
Hillary Cissell Pease
Midlothian, Virginia USA

Abandoned Mill
Ira Musty
Groton, VT USA
J. Lawrence Landaw
New York, NY USA
The Doll House
Jessie Seib
Evansville, IN USA

A Place to Hide.
Jessie Seib
Evansville, IN USA
Toxic Train
Joseph Martin
canfield, ohio USA
Julie Guével Goldstone
Burlington, VT USA

Cascading Waterfall
Justin Michaels
Essex Jct., VT USA
Keith Parks
La Mesa, CA USA
In Suspense
Keith Parks
La Mesa, CA USA

Defender of the Empire
Kristen Schmalzried
Manor, TX USA
And Then There Were Three
Kristen Schmalzried
Manor, TX USA
Lynn Thomas
Temple, Texas United States

Manuel Gil Jr.
Brooklyn, NY USA
The Conversation
Marilynn Waters
Claremont, CA USA
Chopping Blade
Matthew Aron Roth
Merrick, NY USA

Light as a Feather
Maura Brennan
Los Angeles, California USA
Prairie Grass
Michael Knapstein
Middleton, WI USA
Morning Fog
Michael Knapstein
Middleton, WI USA

The Sound at Dusk
Mike Isaak
Edmonton, Alberta Canada
Nicolas Lotsos
Athens, Greece
Nicolas Lotsos
Athens, Greece

Norma McGehee Woodward
Fredericksburg, VA USA
Peter Brian Schafer
Brooklyn, NY USA
Baggage Claim, National Airport
Rebecca Epstein
Washington, DC USA

African Eyes
Ron Mayhew
Saint James City, Florida USA
Sack of Fish
Ron Mayhew
Saint James City, Florida USA
Mother and Child
Ron Mayhew
Saint James City, Florida USA

Antwerp 1
Nude Study No. 1
Ross Laurence Anderson
Minneapolis, MN USA
Mediterranean Afternoon
Sasa Prizmic
Zagreb, Croatia

Shawna Gibbs
Claremont, NH USA
a winters tale
Spitznagel Carmen
Sandberg-Waldberg, Germany
a moment lost I
Spitznagel Carmen
Sandberg-Waldberg, Germany

to be a sheep
Spitznagel Carmen
Sandberg-Waldberg, Germany
Shadow World
Steven Millman
Boynton Beach, FL USA
2 Eggs 3Pans
Steven Millman
Boynton Beach, FL USA

Cerrillos Fire Station
Storm Sermay
Las Cruces, NM USA
Suzan Mandla
Ottawa, Ontario Canada
Terry Schmidbauer
Walnut Creek, CA USA

Downtoin LA Noir
Victor Currie
Newport Beach, CA USA
Caddo Lake
Vincent Mariano
San Antonio, TX USA

Juror: Rafal Maleszyk

Growing up in southern Poland, Maleszyk spent his childhood and early years in post-communist Poland. He first started exploring photography using a 35mm Kiev on his fourteenth birthday, and learnt how to develop black and white prints in the dark room set up by his father in the family kitchen.

Maleszyk’s photography is rooted in his interest in natural landscapes. For him, photography is the ultimate artistic form that captures one’s encounter or oneness with nature. His style focuses on simplifying and expressing with intimacy the perspectives in nature. His training in fine art has helped him with the craft of composition and experimentation.

In 2009, he moved to the Oahu island of Hawaii, where he now works as a professional fine art black and white landscape photographer, specializing in large format prints series using a digital medium format Hasselblad camera. To date, his photographic portfolio covers landscapes from many countries including Poland, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and El Salvador.

Maleszyk has received numerous awards. In 2011 his work has received over 10 awards and recognitions as well as publication in Silvershotz magazine from Australia, Black & White Magazine in USA, Camera obscura as well LensWork. We are very happy to have him juror our first black and white photography exhibition at the Darkroom Gallery.


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