I was impressed by the range of ideas expressed in the large number of images I reviewed for “Portals: Windows, Mirrors, and Doors.” Judging an exhibition is always an honor, as well as a difficult task. I was inspired by the eclectic group of photographs I chose for the Gallery exhibition and Online galleries. Each image was unusual, distinctive, and made with skill, and each beckoned me to explore it fully.
It’s hard to describe why I chose one image over another. After addressing technical mastery of the medium, I looked for further evidence of creative vision, mystery, and imagination. The Juror’s Award goes to Leslie Jean-Bart’s photograph, “View.” Reflected and refracted, with diverse scenes and angles, his window view creates a fluid multidimensional world. Matt Schaefer’s “Another View / 15:05, 2020” won the Director’s Award with his minimal interpretation, made simply by the positioning of the reflective surface.
Thank you to all who entered. All of your work was seen and noted, and I thank you for sharing it with me. Also, many thanks to PhotoPlace Gallery for their continued effort to bring exposure to so many photographers’ work.