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EXHIBIT Closed on October 5th 2014

Juror: Darren Heath

Juror's Choice: "Derby Eyes" by Christine Pearl Washington, DC USA

Next to the discovery of fire, the invention of the wheel has been the most significant achievement in the development of human culture and civilization.

The  horse drawn chariot revolutionized warfare, while the stone wheel of  the gristmill made it possible to process enough grain to feed  increasing numbers of city dwellers, and the oxcart provided  transportation for people and produce.  In the modern era, life would be  unimaginable without wheels.  America is truly a "car culture", and the  rest of the world is not far behind.

How  do you envision wheels in your own life? Maybe you're a car nut, a  lover of anything that looks sleek and goes fast, from a Grand Prix car  to a NASCAR racer, to a land speed record vehicle.  Or perhaps you're  more aware of other types of wheels, such as those on bicycles, baby  carriages, or trains.  And then there are Ferris wheels and pinwheels, skateboards and rollerblades, conveyor belts and steamboats. The  possibilities are nearly limitless.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:11 September 14
Artists' Reception:20 September 14 17:00
Exhibit Closes:5 October 14
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

Wheels is  Darkroom Gallery's invitation to you depict your photographic discovery  of the wheel.  We're looking for photos that feature cars in any and  all forms, of course, from the classic car to the newest zero-emission  vehicles, but Wheels is not limited to cars; anything that  moves or operates on wheels is fair game.  This is your opportunity to  show us what makes your world go 'round!

Juror's Statement:

The standard of entries I thought generally high and those that I’ve selected for the final group particularly good examples of contemporary photography. Encapsulating so many aspects of the art the entries showed the high standards that are being achieved by long time photographic enthusiasts and those that – due to the democratisation of photography in this digital age – have only recently started shooting with a considered attitude.

As a photographer known for his work in the highly charged world of Formula One one may imagine that I’d like pictures with similar chaotic feel but, away from the race tracks of the world, I like to shoot and enjoy viewing a certain style of photography that is far simpler in it’s execution and mien. It can be viewed here: The pictures that I’ve chosen for my final group, two runners-up and my juror’s choice, are perfect examples of this type of work.

My winning picture, entitled 'Derby Eyes’, is a wonderful study of a seemingly innocent night’s racing at the local dirt track oval. With a haunting and completely mesmerising look on her face the girlfriend of – I assume – one of the race car drivers seems lost in a world of her own. Behind her a row of beaten-up cars and a perfectly positioned trio of guys, fussing over one of the cars, acts as a perfect background isolating and adding intensity to her stare ever more. The picture’s composition, lack of colour, mood and ambience results in me continually coming back to view the picture over and over.

My two runners-up: Sleeping at the museum and No overnight parking.

Both these superb images I’d be over the moon to have shot. Looking for all the world like pictures shot by Magnum’s Alec Soth or legendary photographer and inspiration to so many William Egglestone, I think both are brilliant. No overnight parking is very reminiscent of the work I so enjoy shooting.

Darren Heath

Derby Eyes
Juror's Choice
Christine Pearl
Washington, DC USA
No Overnight Parking
Honorable Mention
Alan Strassman
Weston, MA United states of america
Sleeping at the Museum
Honorable Mention
Daniel J Elliott
Brooklyn, NY USA

The last hippie
People's Choice
Kimberly Lane
Social Circle, GA USA
Mud, Sky and Dirt Bikes
Amanda Lass
Waterville, VT USA
Joe, Dakota & Ray 2014
Beth Reynolds
Greenfield, MA USA

Off Road
Chris Burt
Plano, TX USA
Arriving Home
Chris Burt
Plano, TX USA
Christine Pearl
Washington, DC USA

Christine Pearl
Washington, DC USA
Cab Blur, NYC
Daniel J Elliott
Brooklyn, NY USA
Newton's First Law
Denis Sivack
Brooklyn, New York USA

Morning Skate
Dollie Banner
New York, NY USA
Roosevelt Island Roller Girls
Dollie Banner
New York, NY USA
American Oasis
George Hamlin
Fairfax, Virginia USA

Mine Truck in Shop
Hal Beesley
La Canada, CA USA
Crash 57_Toyota Corolla 2006
Jean-Marie Guyaux
Long Island City, New York USA
Smash 04_Nissan Fairlady_1/35 scale
Jean-Marie Guyaux
Long Island City, New York USA

John Kopp
Ramsey, NJ USA
Wheel in the Sky
Karen J. Lloyd
Winooski, VT USA
Bike on the Dike
Kendall Rattner
Edgewood, NM USA

Lucky Service
Kevin Lozaw
San Anselmo, CA USA
Back from summer vacation
Kimberly Lane
Social Circle, GA USA
Special delivery
Kimberly Lane
Social Circle, GA USA

Life in the fast lane
Kimberly Lane
Social Circle, GA USA
Shopping Carts, Long Island
Len Speier
New York, NY USA
B/W volkswagen NYC
Len Speier
New York, NY USA

Rolling On By
Lynn Thomas
Temple, Texas United States
Italian Riviera, Italy
Cyclist, Copenhagen
Mark Melnick
Pasadena, CA USA

Marta Manning
Midland, MI USA
His Big Day
Natalie Fay Green
Bethesda, MD USA
The Metro
Norma McGehee Woodward
Fredericksburg, VA USA

Norma McGehee Woodward
Fredericksburg, VA USA
Norma McGehee Woodward
Fredericksburg, VA USA
Patrizio Cipollini
Roma, RM Italy

Pete McCutchen
Alexandria, VA USA
Emergency Exit
Pete McCutchen
Alexandria, VA USA
Pete McCutchen
Alexandria, VA USA

Neck and Neck
R.A. Hennessy
Washington, DC USA
R.A. Hennessy
Washington, DC USA
Bad weather
Robert M Burden
Rochester, NY USA

1958 Pontiac Star Chief
Sean K. Sullivan
Natick, MA USA
Willets Point Father and Daughter
Stephen F Sherman
Bronx, NY USA
Las Vegas Traffic
Will Hoskins
Essex Junction, Vermont USA

Wheel Barrow
Yosuke Terada
Rego Park, NY USA
  • 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: Darren Heath

Darren Heath is a multi award winning photographer based in London England, specialising in Formula One and the automotive industry, endeavouring to cover events and commissions in a creative and artistic manner using natural light and colour to their maximum effect.

Clients include McLaren, Ferrari, Ford, Jaguar, BMW, Toyota, Philip Morris, British American Tobacco, Vodafone, Bridgestone, FIA, Henri Lloyd, Time, F1Racing, Car Graphic, F1 Sokuho, F1 Scene, Car, Top Gear, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Observer, The Financial Times, The Sun, and Conde Nast Traveller.

In 2005 The Royal Photographic Society awarded Darren their prestigious Honorary Fellowship as recognition of his excellence and evidence of distinguished ability in his chosen field.

In addition to his motor sport work he also shoots both commissioned work and more personal photography taken away from the race tracks of the world. Find this work in his ‘off track’ gallery.


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