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EXHIBIT Closed on November 8th 2015

Juror: Sarah Hadley

Dreams Caught Juror's Choice by Mark Allen Dierker Dubuque, Iowa USA
Dreams Caught Juror's Choice
by Mark Allen Dierker Dubuque, Iowa USA

Planar lines that wind, wend and soar through a image's field of focus.

Curving components within a photograph give the image depth, allowing the viewer’s eye to move through the frame almost effortlessly.  It is almost as if the photographer takes the viewer by the hand, draws them into the frame, and points the way. The viewer’s eyes are compelled to follow the line of the curvature.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:15 October 15
Artists' Reception:1 November 15 16:30
Exhibit Closes:8 November 15
Curvilinear
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The Darkroom Gallery Difference

Curved lines are graceful, rhythmic, dynamic and add energy to an image. They can separate or connect elements or simply offer a balance to a photograph. Arches, circles, S curves and implied curves can be created by a variety of subject matter. 

Darkroom Gallery is calling for images that possess this curvy compositional trait.   

"In life,
as in art,
the beautiful moves in curves."

-Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

Juror's Statement:

I found the process of jurying very rewarding and was pleased to see so many great photos that explored the theme of curvilinear. There was so much dynamic work submitted and I found numerous images that were well composed, well executed and which addressed the theme in a provocative way. I had a hard time narrowing it down, but in the end, I chose images which presented the world to me in a new way or that made me feel something. For me a good photograph should be exciting, risky, sublime or a bit personal and should ultimately ask more questions than it answers.

Sarah Hadley


Dreams Caught
Juror's Choice

Mark Allen Dierker
Dubuque, Iowa USA
The Sensual Periphery
Honorable Mention

Geoffrey Agrons
Philadelphia, PA USA
Bubbles
Honorable Mention

Meredith Abenaim
Boston, MA USA

Billowing Breeze
Honorable Mention

Rebecca Moseman
Purcellville, VA USA
Autumn Air
People's Choice

Peggy Reynolds
Essex Jct., VT USA
"RS"

al garber
Santa Fe, New Mexico USA

Septet

Bill Bowerman
Lawrence, Ks USA
Rowboat, Rockport Maine

Bruce Van Valen
Torrington, CT USA
Wondering Dog

Carsten Knudsen
Chennai, Tamil Nadu India

Distance

Cary Loving
Richmond, VA USA
Vera_J_09-27-2014--05BC

Dan McCormack
Accord, NY USA
Field #2

David Aimone
Saratoga Springs, NY USA

Sandstone Spine. AZ

David Gardner
San Francisco, CA USA
Reaching Out III

David Quinn
Setauket, NY USA
Clean

David Woolf
Burlington, VT USA

Hands To Waist

Denis Sivack
Brooklyn, New York USA
American Dipper in Lake O'Hara

Ed Leckert
Issaquah, WA USA
SANCTUARY

Edward L. Rubin
Los Angeles, CA USA

You Belong to Me

Geoffrey Agrons
Philadelphia, PA USA
Drying Clothes

George S. Gati
Beekman, NY USA
Curvilinear 3

Henry Fernando
Ottawa, ON Canada

Lost in My Head

Holly Thompson
New Braunfels, TX USA
Stephen Fry

Jeremy Walter
Independence, MO USA
Untitled

Jiayi Liu
Amherst, MA USA

Glass

JOE CALLERI
NORTHCOTE, VICTORIA AUSTRALIA
Ullandhaug Tower

John Flynn
White River Junction, VT USA
Curved Track on Ice, Hills, Mist - Post Pond

John Lehet
Hartland, VT us

Red

José M. Gómez-Ros
Madrid, Madrid Spain
Semblance XXIV

Josh Shagam
Rochester, New York (NY) USA
Nun with Towel

Ken Dreyfack
Saugerties, NY USA

Man, Lower Manhattan, NYC

Len Speier
New York, NY USA
The Peninsula

Leslie Hall Brown
Ash Grove, MO USA
Re-Turning the Page 2

Li Shen
Thetford Center, Vermont USA

Amaryllis I

Louis DeLuco
Novato, CA USA
Arise

Magnus Snorrason
Belmont, Massachusetts USA
Apartment Life

Mark Melnick
Palm Desert, CA USA

Salzburg Summer

Mark Melnick
Palm Desert, CA USA
Clip

Matt Hostelley
Kirtland, OH USA
Seeing You

Meredith Abenaim
Boston, MA USA

The Ride

Norma McGehee Woodward
Fredericksburg, VA USA
Silent Fountain

Peggy Reynolds
Essex Jct., VT USA
Sign of the Times

Pete McCutchen
Alexandria, VA USA

Bite

Pete McCutchen
Alexandria, VA USA
Untitled in Iceland

Priscilla Kanady
The Woodlands, TX USA
Untitled

Rainy Silvestre
Miami, FLORIDA USA

Shadowplay

Steven Millman
Boynton Beach, FL USA
Flooded No.9

Susan Keiser
Ossining, NY USA
Double Helix

Suzan Mandla
Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Black-Eyed Susans

Ted Dinkel
East Burke, VT United States
Spiral

Teresa Zafon
Hospitalet de LLobregat, BARCELONA España
Iceland

Thomas Pickarski
New York, New York USA

Tendrils

Wil Scott
Annapolis, MD USA
Steps into the Sky

Willy AuYeung
Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Pink Tenderness

Yulia Naganova
Palo Alto, California 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: Sarah Hadley

Photographer and Filter Photo Festival Executive Director, Sarah Hadley, is known for all the excellent work she is doing in Chicago, but she happens to live in Los Angeles. Born and raised in a prestigious Boston museum (see below–well, she wasn’t born in the museum..), she developed an early artistic sensibility. While in college, Sarah strayed to Venice, Italy where she fell in love with all things Venice and began her photography career. She returned to the states and finished a degree in Art History and went on to work at the National Gallery and the Library of Congress. After being inspired by Robert Frank’s retrospective, Sarah received a degree in photography at the Corcoran College of Art and went on to work for newspapers and magazines.

She eventually moved to Chicago, went to Ragdale, the artists and writers colony in Lake Forest, IL, and discovered the prairie. She was later asked to photograph the amazing Howard Van Doren Shaw house for “The Ragdale House Speaks”.  Sarah now lives in Los Angeles, where she regularly returns to Chicago for Filter business and to Venice to make work. Her passion, besides photography, is travel. In 2011, Sarah traveled for the second time to China as a curator for the Lishui Photo Festival and will continue to travel much of 2015.

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