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EXHIBIT Closed on May 18th 2014

Juror: Kyohei Abe

Juror's Choice:"Something is always far away 2" by Magela Crosignani from Montevideo, Uruguay

The composition of two or more elements within a photograph, emphasizing either the similarity or dissemblance between them.

One of the most effective ways to express ideas photographically is to compare and contrast subjects visually. Placing contrasting elements side-by-side adds interest to a photograph and holds the viewer’s attention. Opposites such as: large and small, light and shadow, happy and sad, smooth and rough, new and old, horizontal and vertical, still and motion. Each one of these examples draws the viewer in, makes them curious about the story, why is that person happy while the other one is sad? How did that cat managed to get in amongst all of those dogs? Why are these two seemingly unrelated objects set in the same frame?

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:24 April 14
Artists' Reception:18 May 14 16:30
Exhibit Closes:18 May 14
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Explore complex or simplistic incongruity, opposites and contradictions, layered imagery, and observe the addition and subtraction of context. Counterbalance can marry elements by placing them side-by-side, above or below each other, or layer them in the foreground, middle-ground and background just as slow shutter speeds can show the disparity of moving objects compared to static ones. Explore the uniqueness found in apposing colors, textures, characters and objects. Juxtaposition plays a crucial role in creating expression in each of these areas and the photographs' overall message and allure – so crucial that we feel it deserves an exhibit all it's own.

Juror's Statement:

It was absolutely delightful to review such an amazing group of photographs which displayed a range of styles, interpretations, content, and genres of photographic explorations. Prominent considerations that tied my selections together were the artists' personal visions, their ability to create and define our contemporary lives through their photographs.

The artists whose photographs are highlighted here inspired me because many were not bonded to photographic traditions of the past, whether exterior or interior space, landscapes, or portraits. These photographers have all successfully conveyed inspiring and unique perspectives on our contemporary world with their voices.

Kyohei Abe

Something is always far away # 2
Juror's Choice
Magela Crosignani
Montevideo, Uruguay
Honorable Mention
Jane Szabo
Altadena, CA USA
Honorable Mention
Michael Riordan
Rochester, NY USA

Untitled (Italy)
Honorable Mention
Terri Bright
Greenville, SC USA
People's Choice
Ricardo de Vicq de Cumpitch
Sao Paulo, SP Brazil
Dancing With Her Soul
Babak Pejman Aryan
Austin, Texas USA

Hoop Dreams
Brian Schneider
Fairbanks, Alaska USA
Brian Schneider
Fairbanks, Alaska USA
Dylan | Young and Old
Corinne DiPietro
Boston, MA United States

Toxin Mushroom
Di Sun
Indianapolis, Indiana USA
Untitled #3284, 2014
Ekaterina Vlassa
Moscow, Russia
Juxta Pose No 6
Francois Boutin
Quebec City, Quebec Canada

Clavicular, (Popliteal Fossa), 2012
gwen charles
Montclair, NJ USA
Haley Morris-Cafiero
Cordova, TN USA
The Burning
Janette James
Pawling, NY USA

Building Supply Co.
Jeff Evans
Rantoul, IL USA
Jeff Evans
Rantoul, IL USA
Jeremy Walter
Independence, MO USA

Jessica Remus
La Grange Park, IL United States
Joëlle de vries
Eindhoven, NB Netherlands
John Padour
Oak Park, IL USA

Rope Of Hope
We need more of it ☮ Recording Equipment:(EOS 550D (EF 50mm) - F/4 - 1/250) Print Media:(digital photograph)">Karim
Cairo, Egypt Egypt
Tending the Garden
Katherine Burdick
Tucson, AZ USA
Purim, Jerusalem, March 2014
Laura Chiesa
Tel Aviv, Israel

In The Corner
Louise Halstead
Belmont, MA USA
The View to Forever
Marianne Smith Dalton
Cazenovia, NY USA
Deliberate Digression
Marie Brenneis
London, UK USA

Marilyn Maddison
South Burlington, VT United States
James Turrell's Sky Space with Moon
Marilynn Waters
Claremont, CA USA
Mark Melnick
Pasadena, CA USA

Fisherman's Prayer
Mark Melnick
Pasadena, CA USA
Michael Riordan
Rochester, NY USA
Wires and Magnolias
Miren Etcheverry
Cambridge, MA USA

selfie in fusion
Brussels, Belgium
the grass stands tall inside our heads
Nate Mosseau
Burlington, Vermont USA
Norman Borden
New York, NY USA

Beit Hanina neighborhood, East Jerusalem, Israel, December 2011
Omri Talmor
Modi'in-Maccabim-Re'ut, Israel
Ordi Calder
Cuiaba, Mato Grosso Brazil
yellow flower
Richard Rappleyea
Colts Neck, NJ USA

Richard Rappleyea
Colts Neck, NJ USA
Le Chat Voit Tout
sandrine arons
mableton, GA USA
Mother and Sons
Stephanie Beaty

Untitled (Italy)
Terri Bright
Greenville, SC USA
Astroturf and Dog Shit
Terri Lloyd
Los Angeles, CA USA
Odd Shoe
Thomas Ladd
North Easton, MA USA

Bubble Cap
Thomas Ladd
North Easton, MA USA
Chimera II
Thomas Ladd
North Easton, MA USA
telegraph avenue
Tom Hogeback
Oxford, Ohio USA

winter, baselstadt
Valentine Merriman
Issaquah, WA USA
Beauty Queen
Vicky Martin
Leek, Staffordshire UK


  • All selected entries are exhibited in our gallery and included in a full color exhibit catalog.
  • Juror's Choice receives a 30x48" vinyl exhibit banner featuring their image, free entry into a future exhibition, and a free exhibition catalog.
  • Honorable Mentions receive free exhibition catalogs and free entry in a future exhibition. 
  • People's Choice gains free entry into a future exhibit.
  • 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.

Juror: Kyohei Abe

Director and Chief Curator at the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography in Detroit, Michigan. The Center offers exhibitions, both online and in its gallery space, as well as lectures, and workshops throughout the year. The mission is to promote contemporary fine art photography and provide a vital cultural resource to our visual community. Abe has been reviewing portfolios at national events including Filter Photo Festival, PhotoNOLA and Photolucida. He has been a juror for for Critical Mass since 2010. Abe is an artist whose works are part of the public collection of the Museum of Fine Art, Houston, TX, Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI, The West Collection, Oak, PA as well as numerous private and corporate collections globally. He also has been a professor at College for Creative Studies in Detroit since 2005.

While inspired by a wide range of photography, Abe is most interested in seeing intelligent and coherent work displaying a fresh perspective



Upcoming Exhibits

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War & Peace - Juror's Choice: Marv Freedman, 1989  by Don Unrau from Portland, OR USA"

Reveal - Deadline July 15, 2015

Nocturne - Deadline August 12, 2015

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