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EXHIBIT OPENS ON April 24th, 2014
Artists' Reception scheduled for May 18th, 2014

Juror: Kyohei Abe

Juror's Choice:"Something is always far away 2" by Magela Crosignani from Montevideo, UruguayThe composition of two or more elements within a photograph, emphasizing either the similarity or dissemblance between them.

One of the most effective ways to express ideas photographically is to compare and contrast subjects visually. Placing contrasting elements side-by-side adds interest to a photograph and holds the viewer’s attention. Opposites such as: large and small, light and shadow, happy and sad, smooth and rough, new and old, horizontal and vertical, still and motion. Each one of these examples draws the viewer in, makes them curious about the story, why is that person happy while the other one is sad? How did that cat managed to get in amongst all of those dogs? Why are these two seemingly unrelated objects set in the same frame?

Exhibit Calendar (subject to change)
Submissions Close19-Mar-14 Midnight EST
Juror' Choices Announcedby 26-Mar-14
On-Line Check-in Due5-Apr-14
Work Receipt Deadline21-Apr-14
Exhibit Opens24-Apr-14
Artists Reception18-May-14 4:30PM
Exhibit Closes18-May-14

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    Explore complex or simplistic incongruity, opposites and contradictions, layered imagery, and observe the addition and subtraction of context. Counterbalance can marry elements by placing them side-by-side, above or below each other, or layer them in the foreground, middle-ground and background just as slow shutter speeds can show the disparity of moving objects compared to static ones. Explore the uniqueness found in apposing colors, textures, characters and objects. Juxtaposition plays a crucial role in creating expression in each of these areas and the photographs' overall message and allure – so crucial that we feel it deserves an exhibit all it's own.

    Juror's Statement:

    It was absolutely delightful to review such an amazing group of photographs which displayed a range of styles, interpretations, content, and genres of photographic explorations. Prominent considerations that tied my selections together were the artists' personal visions, their ability to create and define our contemporary lives through their photographs.

    The artists whose photographs are highlighted here inspired me because many were not bonded to photographic traditions of the past, whether exterior or interior space, landscapes, or portraits. These photographers have all successfully conveyed inspiring and unique perspectives on our contemporary world with their voices.

    Kyohei Abe

    Something is always far away # 2
    Juror's Choice

    Magela Crosignani
    Montevideo, Uruguay
    Honorable Mention

    Jane Szabo
    Altadena, CA USA
    Honorable Mention

    Michael Riordan
    Rochester, NY USA

    Untitled (Italy)
    Honorable Mention

    Terri Bright
    Greenville, SC USA
    Dancing With Her Soul

    Babak P. Aryan
    Austin, Texas USA

    Brian Schneider
    Fairbanks, Alaska USA

    Hoop Dreams

    Brian Schneider
    Fairbanks, Alaska USA
    Dylan | Young and Old

    Corinne DiPietro
    Boston, MA United States
    Toxin Mushroom

    Di Sun
    Indianapolis, Indiana USA

    Untitled #3284, 2014

    Ekaterina Vlassa
    Moscow, Russia
    Juxta Pose No 6

    Francois Boutin
    Quebec City, Quebec Canada
    Clavicular, (Popliteal Fossa), 2012

    gwen charles
    Montclair, NJ USA


    Haley Morris-Cafiero
    Cordova, TN USA
    The Burning

    Janette James
    Pawling, NY USA

    Jeff Evans
    Rantoul, IL USA

    Building Supply Co.

    Jeff Evans
    Rantoul, IL USA

    Jeremy Walter
    Independence, MO USA

    Jessica Remus
    La Grange Park, IL United States


    Joëlle de vries
    Eindhoven, NB Netherlands

    John Padour
    Oak Park, IL USA
    Rope Of Hope

    Cairo, Egypt Egypt

    Tending the Garden

    Katherine Burdick
    Tucson, AZ USA
    Purim, Jerusalem, March 2014

    Laura Chiesa
    Tel Aviv, Israel
    In The Corner

    Louise Halstead
    Belmont, MA USA

    The View to Forever

    Marianne Smith Dalton
    Cazenovia, NY USA
    Deliberate Digression

    Marie Brenneis
    London, UK USA

    Marilyn Maddison
    South Burlington, VT United States

    James Turrell's Sky Space with Moon

    Marilynn Waters
    Claremont, CA USA
    Fisherman's Prayer

    Mark Melnick
    Pasadena, CA USA

    Mark Melnick
    Pasadena, CA USA


    Michael Riordan
    Rochester, NY USA
    Wires and Magnolias

    Miren Etcheverry
    Cambridge, MA USA
    selfie in fusion

    Brussels, Belgium

    the grass stands tall inside our heads

    Nate Mosseau
    Burlington, Vermont USA

    Norman Borden
    New York, NY USA
    Beit Hanina neighborhood, East Jerusalem, Israel, December 2011

    Omri Talmor
    Modi'in-Maccabim-Re'ut, Israel


    Ordi Calder
    Cuiaba, Mato Grosso Brazil

    Ricardo de Vicq de Cumpitch
    Sao Paulo, SP Brazil

    Richard Rappleyea
    Colts Neck, NJ USA

    yellow flower

    Richard Rappleyea
    Colts Neck, NJ USA
    Le Chat Voit Tout

    sandrine arons
    mableton, GA USA
    Mother and Sons

    Stephanie Beaty
    TRINITY, Florida USA

    Untitled (Italy)

    Terri Bright
    Greenville, SC USA
    Astroturf and Dog Shit

    Terri Lloyd
    Los Angeles, CA USA
    Chimera II

    Thomas Ladd
    North Easton, MA USA

    Bubble Cap

    Thomas Ladd
    North Easton, MA USA
    Odd Shoe

    Thomas Ladd
    North Easton, MA USA
    telegraph avenue

    Tom Hogeback
    Oxford, Ohio USA

    winter, baselstadt

    Valentine Merriman
    Issaquah, WA USA
    Beauty Queen

    Vicky Martin
    Leek, Staffordshire UK

    • 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: Kyohei Abe

    Director and Chief Curator at the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography in Detroit, Michigan. The Center offers exhibitions, both online and in its gallery space, as well as lectures, and workshops throughout the year. The mission is to promote contemporary fine art photography and provide a vital cultural resource to our visual community. Abe has been reviewing portfolios at national events including Filter Photo Festival, PhotoNOLA and Photolucida. He has been a juror for for Critical Mass since 2010. Abe is an artist whose works are part of the public collection of the Museum of Fine Art, Houston, TX, Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI, The West Collection, Oak, PA as well as numerous private and corporate collections globally. He also has been a professor at College for Creative Studies in Detroit since 2005.

    While inspired by a wide range of photography, Abe is most interested in seeing intelligent and coherent work displaying a fresh perspective



    Upcoming Exhibits

    Juxtapose Juror's Choice:"Something is always far away 2" by Magela Crosignani from Montevideo, Uruguay
    "Hue" - Deadline April 16, 2014
    "Impromptu" - Deadline May 14, 2014