Photoplace Gallery 2016 Black and White Exhibition

Photoplace Gallery 2016 Black and White Exhibition

I am happy to announce that juror Dean Brierly choose one of my new photographs, “The Moment Before Ascension” for the Photoplace Gallery 2016 Black and White Exhibition. Mr. Brierly’s selections include 35 images for exhibition in the gallery and 40 images for exhibition online. He also penned this wonderful juror’s statement:

Juror’s Statement:

In my capacity as editor of Black & White magazine, I am constantly judging images, not only for publication in our regular issues, but also for our Portfolio and Single Image Contest issues. One thing I’ve noticed over time is the tendency (unconscious or not) on the part of many photographers to follow visual templates laid down by others. Happily, this was not the case when I sat down to consider the photographs submitted for this exhibition. I was, in fact, greatly impressed with the originality and quality on display.

From the beginning of my involvement with photography, both as practitioner and editor, I have been drawn to the work of those who go against the status quo, who avidly experiment with the medium, who pioneer their own creative themes and visual parameters. People like Barbara Crane, Mario Giacomelli, James Fee, to name but three. When I look at a photograph in any context—as a judge or simply as a viewer in a gallery—what I look for above all is something that takes me by surprise, that puts me off balance, even upsets me. The cardinal sin in my book is to be boring. This holds true when I look at other types of artwork, listen to music or watch films. It’s always harder to do the unexpected, but invariably it’s more rewarding and meaningful.

I was delighted at how often I found myself surprised while judging these images. It was obvious that a great deal of thought went into their creation, as well as originality, sensitivity and craftsmanship. It’s one thing for a photograph to attract attention, another thing entirely to hold it. The majority of these images, while striking on first glance, also resonated with emotional and thematic depth that revealed additional nuances with repeated views. All of which made it an honor and a pleasure to have been chosen to play a curatorial role with work of such quality.

Dean Brierly

Two other friends and members of the Harrisburg Camera Club had photographs accepted as well. Andy Hoff had his image titled, “Circles in Squares” accepted into the gallery and Karen Commings had her image titled, “Gram’s Hands” accepted into the online gallery. Congratulations to Andy and Karen…!

Photoplace Gallery is located in Middlebury, Vermont. The exhibition runs from August, 10 to September 2, 2016. If you find yourself in Middlebury be sure to stop in and visit the gallery. The exhibition will be awesome.

To visit the online gallery please follow this link: Black and White 2016 . More on Mr. Brierly can be found here: Dean Brierly Photography

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