The title Con[text] itself is a play on words "con" meaning with in Spanish and "text" referring to any written language.  Literal context is added to an image with the addition of words, numbers, letters.  Shots of billboards, graffiti, headstones or even the illusion of a letter or word counts.  The following examples have been shown at Darkroom Gallery in past exhibitions or provided by juror Tim Clark.

 © William Horton "The Perfect Perch"William Horton's The Perfect Perch is a perfect example of text naturally occurring and re-instating the origins of a subject. It adds a richness to the image and authenticates the windmill.

©Barbara Dombach "Sparrow"Barbara Dombach's The Sparrow is an example of two different kinds of text within the same image, handwriting is juxtaposed with the typeface of "June" in this dream-like image.


© Sean Stewart "Comfortable Alley no34"Sean Stewart's Comfortable Alley no34 is an example of an image with symbols that do not have legible words but the viewer knows they have meaning, obstruction of this meaning makes the photograph all the more mysterious. As this can also be true for text in a different language.

 © EJ Major, from the series Love is..... (published in issue 17 of 1000 Words Photography Magazine)

EJ Major, from the series Love is..... (published in issue 17 of 1000 Words Photography Magazine) is an example of collage. The artist took 2 found objects, in this case, mail and a iconic photograph and played them off one another along with a handwritten addition, it tells a unique story with all these multi layers at play.

 © Harold Ross "Flying Fish"

Harold Ross's "Flying Fish" is an example of a hidden symbol within an image. Can you see the letter T in this photograph? Do you think this is a happy mistake or a consious choice of Ross?

© Hugh Jones "Alice in Wonderland"

Hugh Jones' Alice in Wonderland is an example of numbers or letters creating an overall texture or pattern, adding another layer of meaning to the image.

© Fritzi Newton "If Doors Could Talk"

Fritzi Newton's If Doors Could Talk is an example of documentary photography that just so happens to have fragments of words in the found scene. When you are walking around with your camera you must capture some signage or logos in your shots, this is fair game for Con[text].

©Roz Leibowitz "Annie Julia or Life After Death"

Roz Leibowitz's Annie Julia or Life After Death is a construction of a taken image along with the artist's written word. This is indicative of the dadaist movement, informing the viewer of a specific context to analyze the image.

DEADLINE January 3rd, 2019 23:59 EST
This exhibition's juror will privately critique up to 10 images.

Juror: Elizabeth Opalenik

© Elizabeth Opalenik

 Water: it goes without saying that it's crucial to life on this planet.  The surface of the earth is more than 70% water, and the human body is composed of up to 60% water.  We humans feel an intimate connection with water and have expressed that connectivity in our art for thousands of years.  No surprise, then that photographers are attracted to water in its many forms and guises: everything from oceans, lakes and rivers to the sheen of rain on wet pavement.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Submissions Close:03 January 19 23:59 EST
Selections Announced:by 11 January 19
On-Line Check-in Due:17 January 19
Work Receipt Deadline:3 February 19
Exhibit Opens:6 February 19
Artists' Reception:23 February 19 16:00
Exhibit Closes:19 March 19
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For this exhibition we're looking for creative depictions of anything Wet. This could include  water in its other guises, as ice or steam.  The subject matter of the photos you submit can be virtually anything as long as water or wetness is included. For example, think of the ways a surface is transformed by a gloss of water, the many ways of picturing water droplets, and the ways in which water is used in technology.  Be aware, also, of the demands people are placing on water, making it a scarce and valuable resource in many parts of the world.  Floods in some places, droughts in others. This is a wide open theme that should be accessible to most who shoot photos; show us your best.


© Philippe Antoine Boirin

© Philippe Antoine Boirin

© Beth Pelton  © David Aimone 

 © Li Shen © Wendy Schneider 

© Elizabeth Opalenik


Juror: Elizabeth Opalenik

 Elizabeth Opalenik now lives and works in Oakland, California, but this peripatetic artist is often on the move. As a photographic artist, she believes that all good photographs are self portraits that lie somewhere between imagination and dreams. Her nearly 40 year career has found her teaching or making images on six continents, seeking the beauty and grace that exists within all things. Elizabeth conducts photographic portrait, figure and mordançage workshops internationally, creating a sense of wonder and possibility in her students.

Elizabeth is committed to her black and white darkroom, but combines digital usage when appropriate. Her preference is working with water in any form or illusion and furthering her work in the French process Mordançage where she has added her signature style by creating veils of floating silver emulsion.

Elizabeth’s work is collected, published and exhibited internationally. In addition, Opalenik also travels with Medical Ministry International, documenting the projects of eye doctors in Colombia, Bolivia and the Amazon.

Following a life-long dream, she published her first monograph, Poetic Grace-Elizabeth Opalenik Photographs 1979-2007. Her website is www.opalenik.com

  • 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 an 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.

EXHIBIT OPENS ON December 20th, 2018
Artists' Reception scheduled for January 5th, 2019

Juror: Ralph Hassenpflug

the third bird © Ralph Hassenpflug

If you describe something as surreal, you mean that the elements in it are combined in a way you would not normally expect, as in a dream.

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