Black + White 2016 with Juror Rodney Smith

July 29 - August 27, 2016

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Index
Twenty One Starlings
Geoffrey Agrons
Artist's Website
Index
Exiled From Our Past
Geoffrey Agrons
Artist's Website
Index
All My Parts
Mariana Bartelomeo
Index
Clean Fingers
Laura J. Bennett
Artist's Website
Index
Black Rose
Scott Bietendorf
Artist's Website
Index
Stephanotis Floribunda
Todd Bradley
Artist's Website
Index
Falling
Shannon Bruns
Artist's Website
Index
Looking
Shannon Bruns
Artist's Website
Index
Fiat 500 in the night
Cristina Cadamuro
Artist's Website
Index
The Cherry Orchard
Carrisa Clark
Index
Building A Mystery
Jim Crowley
Artist's Website
Index
Dryad
Mark Dierker
Artist's Website
Index
Rear Entrance
Kenneth DreyFack
Index
Cone, Privy Garden, Hampton Palace
Mitch Eckert
Artist's Website
Index
identities are absent
Sebahat Ersoy
Artist's Website
Index
nude_1
Millie Falcaro
Artist's Website
Index
Porthole
George Foot
Juror's Honorable Mention
Index
Eucalyptus Trees, Petaluma
Doug Frost
Artist's Website
Index
Lifeguard
Heather Frandsen
Juror's Honorable Mention
Artist's Website
Index
Baled Hay, Nicasio No. 2
Doug Frost
Juror's Honorable Mention, Director's Honorable Mention
Index
To hold the meanings in my hands
J.M. Golding
Artist's Website
Index
Are My Boobs Too Big?
Diana Greene
Artist's Website
Index
Glory
Birgit Gutsche
Director's Honorable Mention
Artist's Website
Index
Him
Tytia Habing
Artist's Website
Index
Anna in the Vines
Tytia Habing
Juror's Honorable Mention
Artist's Website
Index
Three Artisans, Chiapas, Mexico
Judith Haden
Index
Girl in Mirror
Rohina Hoffman
Artist's Website
Index
Lone Magnolia
Marv Kaminsky
Index
Emergence
Claudia Kenyon
Index
Absence Series 4
Karen Kirkpatrick
Index
Three Crosses
Brian Kosoff
Artist's Website
Index
Erin
G. Mark Lewis
Artist's Website
Index
Begging
Jim Lustenader
Artist's Website
Index
Rest
Erika Masterson
Artist's Website
Index
Untitled
Michael McAllister
Artist's Website
Index
Roarie hands
Tom McInvaille
Index
A Portrait Of A Drowning
Vincent Minor
Juror's Honorable Mention
Artist's Website
Index
When Winter Comes
Petrea Noyes
Artist's Website
Index
Woodside Queens
Wayne Palmer
Artist's Website
Index
On the Beach in Brazil
Willard Pate
Juror's Honorable Mention
Index
My Electric Companion
Jerry Ranch
Index
The Three Musketeers
Thibault Roland
Artist's Website
Index
Moving Through Time
Heather Ross
Artist's Website
Index
Untitled
Richard A. Russo
Artist's Website
Index
Pencil Man
Lisa Saltzman
Index
Jerry Lives
Edward Santos
Artist's Website
Index
The Meeting Apple Store, Soho
Lawrence Schwartzwald
Artist's Website
Index
Skyler, Pemuteran, 2015
Deb Schwedhelm
Director's Honorable Mention
Artist's Website
Index
Paper or Plastic
Katie Shaw
Juror's Honorable Mention
Artist's Website
Index
Alone in the dark
Aleksandr Vrubleskii
Artist's Website
Index
The Conversation
Marilynn Waters
Index
A Cat in a Hat
James Weber
Director's Honorable Mention
Artist's Website
Index
Suit and Tie
Kevin Wo
Artist's Website
Index
Untitled 9
Matthew Wolter
Index
Untitled 3
Matthew Wolter
Index
Disconnection
Diane Yudelson
Artist's Website
Index
Vestido 1
Leticia Zica
Artist's Website

Black + White 2016

Selected Artists, Please click here for instructions, forms and deadlines

 

HONORS | AWARDS
An international audience of collectors, curators, art consultants and other advocates of fine art photography will view the chosen artist’s work throughout the exhibition. Each participant is included in the Center’s Main Gallery exhibition in Fort Collins, Colorado and Online Gallery exhibition.

 

Juror’s Selections: Rodney Smith has chosen to give several Honorable Mentions instead of one award.
Director’s Selections: Hamidah Glasgow has opted to do the same.

The $600.00 set aside for the awards will be split between the Honorable Mentions.
Two LiveBooks Website Awards: Valued at $399 from liveBooks
Honorable Mention Awards: 2 year membership and image submission to a Call for Entry at C4FAP.

 

Rodney Smith’s Juror Statement

In Stravinsky’s “Poetics of Music in the Form of Six Lessons,” he speaks of confronting a blank page of music as overwhelming and filled with dread. He states that only after he has picked a key and begun to compose, that he begins to feel liberated. The more restraint he was limited by, the freer he felt. And so began my mission of making subjective decisions on over 2,300 pictures.

Needless to say, it was not easy, nor necessarily enjoyable, placing my particular vision and aesthetic over many people’s efforts, but slowly a particular vision began to take shape.

Near the end of the selection process, as I began to hone down the initial entries to 165 photographs, I started to finally feel satisfied. Not only did I admire the assembly but vicariously, I admired those who shot them. By this time, you all had become my extended family.

Unfortunately, the guidelines dictated that I further reduce the final selection to around 50 photographs. I continued to edit. Each removal was torturous and difficult. In the end though, I must admit I liked my selection of 165 but I loved my final edit of 57. The more restraint that had been imposed on me, the freer I felt.

For me, this editing process is not unlike the shooting process. I choose the format and the constraints of its given viewfinder. I decide on film, with all it’s limitations. I position myself within the environment and move closer, or farther away, from the subject till it feels right. I am always looking and editing, choosing some things to include but more importantly, excluding others. As a photographer I am dealing with an enormous world, far larger and grander than the scale of a black and white print, so the picture making process is one large attempt at exclusion.

And so it goes with this competition, I took what I like. Not necessarily the best by anyone else’s standards, only my own. In the end, this group is superb.

Now for some quick thoughts…

1: Compared to times-past, the over-all selections were remarkable, probably due to the digital world of photography. It has certainly increased the technical ease of picture making, which has in-turn helped almost everyone. There is a problem though, because photography has become so facile and viable to the masses, the respect of those in the know is harder to obtain. I’m sure as times goes on, you will eventually have to deal with this.

  1. Photoshop is omnipresent. Although I do not, or wish to, use it myself, post production digitally processing is now ubiquitous in photography. Whether photography is what it once was, is definitely up for debate though. It seems more like illustration and the retouching process has almost replaced picture-making in importance. Photoshop, used effectively and carefully, is quite interesting and often beautiful, but photography today is obviously quite different than in years past.
  1. Almost all entries submitted were very serious in their intent and/or execution. What happened to humor and joy? Remember, laughing at yourself and the world around you is a profound and worthy exercise. Hold your head high to marvel at the majesty of life’s variety, and remember to laugh and find joy in the grand world we all find ourselves apart of.

Thank You,

Rodney Smith

April 13th 2016

 

Questions?
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USE RIGHTS: Each artist retains all copyrights to their own images. Artist’s recognition is provided with any use. By submission for jurying, artists whose submissions are chosen for the exhibition grant The Center for Fine Art Photography the right to use their images for the purpose of promoting the artist, promoting the Center’s programs, promoting exhibitions and subsequent display on the Center’s website of current and past exhibitions. Promotions and images may also be placed on social networks for The Center for Fine Art Photography with artist credit. Artists grant the use of their image(s) as stated without further contact or compensation from the Center.