1st Place Winning Image by Sheri Lynn Behr
from her surveillance series, Watching You
Honorable Mention by Guanyu Xu
from his series, One Land To Another
and Directors Honorable Mention
In The Cold Light of Night
Honorable Mention by Ellen Jantzen
from her series, Unity of Time and Place
Honorable Mention by Nadezda Nikolova-Kratzer
and Director's Selection
Honorable Mention by Rebecca Moseman
from her series, The Summer of Flying Lanterns
Woman and Ball
Director's Honorable Mention by Susan Guice
Slide and Clouds
Director's Honorable Mention by Brenda Biondo
Illuminate, to supply or brighten with light; to make lucid; throw light on a subject; to decorate with lights; to enlighten; to make resplendent or illustrious; to decorate a manuscript with gold or silver.
The act of illumination, since it’s introduction in the 15th century, has influenced our way of seeing and subsequently the world throughout the ages; and so, keeping the definition of ILLUMINATE posted on my computer screen, I set out on an adventure to journey through the fine work submitted along this theme to The Center for Fine Art Photography back in August. There were many images documenting the real world, others imagining a world far away from this one, inspiring us to imagine places we have never been, or situations we’ve never experienced before this visual moment.
A photograph primarily conveys a static image, although by playing with contrast and depth of field, we may focus more precisely on a certain object. To bring voice to an image is not a precise physical quantity which can be measured - rather it is the sum of many often complex operations that arrive as an expression of a photograph – this is how I juried ILLUMINATE. In this international call for entries, there was no precise quality I was looking for. I was not looking for truth, but something more elusive, ethereal, untouchable. I was looking for personal themes, universal themes, complex or dramatic scenes. I wanted to experience quiet moments just to reflect on the beauty of the subject matter, the technique or simply the tonalities of light and shadow.
Sheri Lynn Behr received First Place for her photograph “021-New York,” from her series, “Watching You” about her interest in surveillance and privacy. Behr writes, “With a concern about government intrusion into our personal lives, I continue to find ways to photograph aspects of the gray area that is surveillance in our modern age. I came to realize while I was making photographs, I was being photographed as well.”
Honorable Mentions were awarded to photographers Guanyu Xu, Rebecca Moseman, Ellen Jantzen and Nadezda Nikolova-Kratzer.
I chose Guanyu Xu for his photograph “Mirror,” part of his series, “One Land To Another.” He was also chosen as Directors Honorable Mention by C4FAP’s executive director, Hamidah Glasgow. “Born and raised in a conservative family in Beijing, I use self-portraiture of my death to confront the struggle between being both a homosexual and a homophobic person.”
Rebecca Moseman was selected for her photograph “Alex's Chest ” from her series, “The Summer of Flying Lanterns.” “My boys have always played an important role in my photography. Their innocence, innate boyhood, relationship to nature, slow process of maturing have always fascinated me.”
Ellen Jantzen was chosen for her photograph “In The Cold Light of Night,” part of her 2015 series, “Unity of Time and Place.” Jantzen writes, “Some say, all time exists at once; the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future are regarded as a whole.”
Nadezda Nikolova-Kratzer was chosen for her evocative photograph “Cicada II,” also chosen as Director's Selection. “In making art, I seek to peer beyond the surface while embracing mystery – to open doors to forgotten memories; to glean that which is ethereal and distant yet magnetic and strangely familiar.”
Director Hamidah Glasgow’s Honorable Mentions also include Brenda Biondo’s “Slide and Clouds" and Susan Guice’s “Woman and Ball.”
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December 4, 2015 - January 16, 2016
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