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Current Exhibit

EXHIBIT NOW OPEN FROM September 15th 2016 to October 9th 2016
Artists' Reception scheduled for September 30th, 2016

Juror: Shana Nys Dambrot

 

Jurors Choice: In Absentia
©Mark Melnick
Palm Desert, CA USA

 

"A photographic portrait is a picture of someone who knows he (she) is being photographed, and what he (she) does with this knowledge is as much a part of the photograph as what he (she) is wearing or how he (she) looks."  -Richard Avedon, paraphrased.

 

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:15 September 16
Artists' Reception:30 September 16 17:30
Exhibit Closes:9 October 16
The Environmental Portrait
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto

The Darkroom Gallery Difference

While by definition the subject of a portrait is the most important element of the image, the surroundings in which the subject is presented can give more information about who she/he is as a whole person.  The inclusion of the environment, the gestalt  - the entirety of the picture - can fill out and round out the personality of the person being portrayed.  Including in the photo the person's natural surroundings, the place he or she lives, works, plays, or just enjoys spending time can illuminate character, as can the inclusion of tools, creations, and objects that have meaning to the subject can present a deeper understanding of the subject.  People are generally more comfortable in their own environment than in a structured studio setting, as well, so the opportunity for the "real person" to be seen is increased. Such portraits are often referred to as "environmental portraits".  Though it's not hard-and- fast rule or requirement, often the background in an environmental portrait is in focus, whereas in formal portraiture the subject is usually isolated by blurring the background, or choosing a backdrop with no information. Creativity is encouraged! 

For this exhibition we're inviting you to submit images that get to the essence of your portrait subjects, providing a look, perhaps an intimate glimpse, into their lives and personalities.  Your subjects will be posed, of course, but can you present them as if they're truly inhabiting their surroundings?

 

Juror's Statement:

I almost never photograph people. I’m drawn to architectural elements, depopulated vistas and street views and especially to abstract details and scenic etant-donnes. Portraiture is another matter altogether -- and environmental portraiture even more so. With elements of street photography, social and anthropological documentary, and biographical narrative, the challenge in choosing from an impressively diverse and talented pool came down in many cases to interpreting the terms -- seeking to include images which portrayed more than a subject’s happenstance, but the affirmative choice to be and be seen in those settings. I looked for signs of the subject embracing and orchestrating their environments, for elements radiating a sense of their owner/occupant’s inner life through deliberate external expressions. Besides imparting intimacy in content, these images must also be affecting, thoughtful, emotional, and artfully made compositions across a range of styles and voices, presenting a cross-section of humanity as it wishes to be seen.

- Shana Nys Dambrot 

 

In Absentia
Juror's Choice

Mark Melnick
Palm Desert, CA USA
Cpl. Mac McWilliams, USMC
Honorable Mention

D. Clarke Evans
San Antonio, TX USA
Mary C. Fernandez, Fernandez Hardware
Honorable Mention

Edward L. Rubin
Los Angeles, CA USA

Dave Sipe Woodcarver
Honorable Mention

Nick Roberts
Louisville, KY USA
Woodstock is back

Amir Lavon
Afula, Israel Israel
echoing back

Barbara Redondo
Coral Gables, FL USA

Kasey

Ben Davis
Rochester, NY USA
A Grilling

CAROL BECK
New York, NY United States
The Stillness The Dancing

Charles A. Thomas
Arlington, Virginia USA

Janet, Buster and Roo

Cynthia August
Ipswich, MA USA
1st Lt. Josephine Reaves, Army Nurse Corp

D. Clarke Evans
San Antonio, TX USA
Olof

Dascha Esselius
Stockholm, Sweden

JoJo Suicide

Dave Levingston
Springfield, Ohio USA
Jo

Dave Levingston
Springfield, Ohio USA
Psychic

David Whitney
Andover, MASSACHUSETTS USA

Hotel

David Whitney
Andover, MASSACHUSETTS USA
Mothers Coffee

durga Garcia
Williston, SC USA
Alana Webb, Hardwick Boxing Club

Edward L. Rubin
Los Angeles, CA USA

Peter and Elka Schumann

Edward L. Rubin
Los Angeles, CA USA
The Tailor

Eileen Scullin
Bedford, NH USA
self portrait

farzane ghadyanloo
tehran, tehran iran

Floyd - Vermont Hill Farmer

Gerry Davis
Williston, VT USA
Sponge Diver Family - Mangrove Cay Bahamas

Gerry Davis
Williston, VT USA
Harry G - violin bow maker

Greg Brand
Underhill, VT USA

The girl in floral print clothes

Iringo Simon
Miercurea Ciuc, Harghita Romania
Endangered Alphabets

Jared Katz
Richmond, VT USA
The Playwriter

Joni Kabana
Portland, OR USA

Ethiopian Joy

Joni Kabana
Portland, OR USA
Concierge. Hong Kong. China.

Katya Rosenzweig
Centerville, MA USA
Afternoon Drinker, Hanoi

Kip Harris
Indian Harbour, Nova Scotia Canada

Multi Tasking

Liza Hennessey Botkin
Studio City, CA USA
Robin and Rose from The Modern Day Diana Series

Margaret LeJeune
Peoria, IL USA
Cindy from The Modern Day Diana Series

Margaret LeJeune
Peoria, IL USA

Manny

Marian Rubin
Montclair, NJ USA
Sam in Her Room

Mark Kinnaman
Columbia, MO USA
Midway John

Mark Kinnaman
Columbia, MO USA

In Celebration

Mark Melnick
Palm Desert, CA USA
Proud

Marta Manning
Midland, MI USA
Posing Practice

Matthew Defeo
Austin, Texas USA

Sigurdur

Maylee Noah
Sandy, UT USA
Birgir

Maylee Noah
Sandy, UT USA
Julia swimming

Melanie Metz
Davie, FL United States

Mister G Takes a Moment

Michael Sullivan
Madison, WI USA
Fashionista

Mildred Alpern
New York, New York USA
La Cocinera

Nancy B. Weber
Burlington, VT USA

Where's Waldo?

Nancy B. Weber
Burlington, VT USA
Family I - Kaunas, Lithuania

Nicole Henning
Zurich, Zurich Switzerland
Family II - Kaunas, Lithuania

Nicole Henning
Zurich, Zurich Switzerland

DOORMAN TRUMP TOWER NYC

paul greenberg
dallas, TX USA
RABBI KLEIN TEMPLE EMANU-EL DALLAS

paul greenberg
dallas, TX USA
Reading Room

Peggy Reynolds
Essex Jct., VT USA

Fredericksburg, Texas - 2015

Richard Greene
Los Angeles, CA USA
Angela

Sandra Chen Weinstein
Lake Forest, CA USA
Dave

Stephanie Luke
Cottonwood, CA USA

The Good Life

Stephanie Luke
Cottonwood, CA USA
Mother - 2016

TBowphoto.com
Houston, Texas 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: Shana Nys Dambrot

 

Shana Nys Dambrot is an art critic, curator, and author based in Los Angeles. She is currently LA Editor for Whitehot Magazine, Contributing Editor for Art Ltd., and a contributor to Flaunt, the Huffington Post, The Creators Project/VICE, Fabrik Magazine, Palm Springs Life, Vs. Magazine, Porter & Sail, and KCET’s Emmy-winning Artbound series. Formerly Managing Editor at Flavorpill.com, previous publications have included the LA Weekly, Modern Painters, Art Review, Artweek, ARTnews, Desert Magazine, Montage Magazine, Bespoke, The Believer, tema celeste, Angeleno, Art Asia Pacific, Bluecanvas, Scene, Coagula, THE Magazine LA, and Juxtapoz. She studied Art History at Vassar College, has written hundreds of essays for art books and exhibition catalogs, curates one or two exhibitions each year, publishes short fiction, and speaks in public at galleries, schools, and cultural institutions nationally. An account of her activities is sometimes updated at sndx.net.

Dambrot sometimes exhibits her personal photography practice, and as an artist she is drawn to elements of the natural and built environments encountered as étant donnés which are free to be enjoyed rather than analyzed, appreciated for synchronicity rather than evaluated for intentionality -- as a respite from her job as an interpreter and a way of soothing, sharpening, and purifying the quality of her attention. There is no need to ask a tree or a crack in the pavement to explain its meaning. 

 

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