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 February 27th, 2019 23:59 EST
This exhibition's juror will privately critique up to 10 images.

Juror: Amy Holmes George

© Amy Holmes George


A portrait! What could be more simple and more complex, more obvious and more profound. 

The above quotation comes not from a photographer, but from 19th century French poet (and art critic) Charles Baudelaire. It's still an accurate observation, maybe even more incisive  with the many changes in image-making that have taken place since 1859.  In the age of the selfie and ubiquitous photos of people both famous and unknown it's sometimes hard to imagine a new way of presenting a human likeness, and yet photographers are doing it.  It's said that the portrait differs from the candid (or street) photo in that the subject of the portrait knows that she or he is being photographed. With only that as a caveat there's a broad range of interpretations possible. You can see some examples from recent exhibitions in the images below.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Submissions Close:27 February 19 23:59 EST
Selections Announced:by 7 March 19
On-Line Check-in Due:15 March 19
Work Receipt Deadline:1 April 19
Exhibit Opens:4 April 19
Artists' Reception:13 April 19 16:00
Exhibit Closes:12 May 19
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The Darkroom Gallery Difference

So, for this exhibition you're free to interpret the portrait in any way you choose. It can be a self portrait, a formal portrait, a from-the-hip shot of someone whose attention you've caught, or even a random body part. Manipulation of the image is permitted as long as the primary subject is from a photographic source in any medium.  Thinking, or seeing, outside the box is very much encouraged, although skilled classic portraits ala Avedon or Karsh would be quite welcome. Simple or complex, obvious or profound; all are appropriate.



Test Desc

© David Aimone

© Amy Holmes George

© Edward Rubin

© Gerry Davis

© Timo Evon

© Russ Rowland



Amy Holmes George, who lives near Dallas, Texas, is a fine art photographer and the past Executive Director of Texas Photographic Society (2013-2018). As a former tenured professor of photography and digital media at Stephen F. Austin State University, Amy has also held teaching appointments at Collin College, Baylor University and University of North Texas. Amy is a recent member of the National Board of Directors of the Society for Photographic Education (2013-2017) and a 2008 Fulbright grant recipient. She earned an MFA in photography from Clemson University and a BFA cum laude in photography and graphic design from Miami University.

Exhibited widely throughout the U.S. as well as in Italy, England, France and China, Amy's work has been featured in over one hundred exhibitions and is housed in several permanent collections, including The Getty, The Kinsey Institute and the Fratelli Alinari Museum in Florence, Italy. Her work has been published in a variety of texts, including the third edition of The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes [Christopher James, 2015]; Gum Printing and other Amazing Contact Printing Processes [Christina Z. Anderson, 2013]; and the fifth edition of Exploring Color Photography: From Film to Pixels [Robert Hirsch, 2010].  


  • 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 NOW OPEN FROM February 7th 2019 to March 17th 2019
Artists' Reception scheduled for February 23rd, 2019

Juror: Elizabeth Opalenik

Juror's Choice "Vapor" © Joanna Stuart

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)
Exhibit Opens:7 February 19
Artists' Reception:23 February 19 16:00
Exhibit Closes:17 March 19
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The Darkroom Gallery Difference

For this exhibition we asked for creative wetness, including water in its other guises, such as ice, snow, or steam.  The subject matter of the photos could be virtually anything as long as water or wetness is included.  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.  The photos we received covered conveyed water in a multitude of guises.  We were pleased to see that photographers addressed the environmental impact of water as a destructive force, but also great and sublime beauty.







To quote from Poetic Grace,”water carries mystery, reflects back a life, can be a million jewels of dewdrops, brightens the dullest subject, can be the most powerful force, and yet gently causes reverie while gazing upon it soft sensuality.”  As a juror I found all this among the many beautiful images submitted but I went looking to see what else it is and often discovered less would have been more.  Many images made it to the near final edit but those technically executed, well composed, collaged with intent, seen in the right light, or that challenged an idea made it to the final cut. During the jury process I held a piece of Matt board to my screen to view strong image portions where the whole just missed. Conscious photographers carefully saw the edges or layers within the frame and submitted those images. With so many strong contenders, it was heartbreaking to make choices where minutia made the difference.  I congratulate the winners for your visually savvy eyes and ideas. Please do not be discouraged if your image did not make this exhibition. Be challenged to seek the mystery found between ordinary and extraordinary as you discover your less is more.  It was an honor to view so much creativity.

Elizabeth Opalenik  Oakland, CA  January 2019 


Juror's Choice

Joanna Stuart
New Haven, CT USA
Gatherer of Light
Honorable Mention

Anita Sagastegui
Walnut Creek, Ca USA
Water Tapestry: Dancing Light
Honorable Mention

Lisa Redburn
Plymouth, MA United States

Water Bottles No. 2
Honorable Mention

Robert Crifasi
Boulder, CO USA
Radio City
Honorable Mention

Russ Rowland
Rustic Canoe

Anthony Cosentino
South Glens Falls, NY USA


Bruce Van Valen
Torrington, CT USA
Pink Lily with Blue

Bruce Van Valen
Torrington, CT USA
Sumac and Snow

C E Morse
Cumberland Center, ME USA

The Mighty Atlantic

Carol Beck
New York, NY United States
Rain Dancer

Carrie Johnson
Ewa Beach, HI USA
MH Floating

Charter Weeks
Barrington, NH USA


Christina Storm
Seattle, WA United States
Zen Garden inversion

Clayton Hairs
Berrima, NSW Australia
West Virginia

Dave Levingston
Springfield, Ohio USA

Liv at Blackhand Gorge

Dave Levingston
Springfield, Ohio USA

David Janesko
Houston, Texas USA

David Janesko
Houston, Texas USA

Rainbow Water

Getting Their Feet Wet

The Joy of Dancing

Eduardo Fujii
Pebble Beach, CA United States

The Gardener

Eduardo Fujii
Pebble Beach, CA United States
October 20 7:34 from the series Fertile Ground

Ellen Konar & Steve Goldband
Portola Valley, California USA
Harbor Park in Fog 5

Eric Rennie
Cromwell, CT USA


Genevieve Parker
San Francisco, CA USA
Three Steaming Eggs

Geoffrey Agrons
Philadelphia, PA USA
Foggy Night

Graham Stewart
Longmont, Colorado United States

misty morning grapes vines

Janet Labelle
Huntington, Vermont USA
T-107 Along the Duwamish

Jeff Blucher
Seattle, WA USA
Orb Diver

Jim Squires
St Simons Island, GA United States

Ranch Dog

Jocelyn Young
Placentia, CA USA

Jocelyn Young
Placentia, CA USA
Geometry of Swimming

Jolanta Mazur
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Small Pond, Portland, Maine 2018

Jon Tobiasz
Portland, ME USA
River Ice No.2, Marlboro, Vermont 2016

Jon Tobiasz
Portland, ME USA

Jose Snook
Wooler, Northumbria UK

Hot Tub

Judith Monteferrante
Scottsdale, AZ USA

Judith Monteferrante
Scottsdale, AZ USA
See Into Sky, Series II

Julie O'Connor
Weston, CT USA

LA Rain

Larry French
Culver City, Ca USA
Rocky Mountains Submerged

Lisa Redburn
Plymouth, MA United States
Garden Water Tapestry: Gingko

Lisa Redburn
Plymouth, MA United States

Between the Wish and the Thing

Mark L. Hannah
Sunnyvale, US-CA USA
Water droplets, Troy, New York, April 2017

Michael Bach
Troy, New York USA
Shower Portrait, Troy, New York, October 2016

Michael Bach
Troy, New York USA


Michael Duncan
Norman, OK USA
Flying South

Michael Parvin
Atlanta, GA USA
The Wetness of Flakes

Mildred Alpern
New York, New York USA

She Found a Mister

Natalie Fay Green
Bethesda, MD USA
Between the Raindrops

Peggy Reynolds
Essex Jct., VT USA

Phil Curry
Austin, TX USA

Lilly and Pads

R. Andrew Hoff
CAMP HILL, PA United States
Rear Window Under Streetlight

R. Andrew Hoff
CAMP HILL, PA United States
Water Reflections, Venice (from "The Lagoon" series)

Scott Bolendz
Bradenton, FL USA

Liquid #3

Scott Lerman
Beacon, NY United States
Liquid #1

Scott Lerman
Beacon, NY United States
Atherton Brook 2

Stephen G Gingold
Amherst, MA United States

Rocks on a beach

Susanna Patras
Reno, NV USA
Safe Harbor

William Horton
Boulder, CO USA


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