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December 22, 2015 - January 15, 2016

Alternative Cameras: Pinholes to Plastic

Prints of most of these images are available for purchase. Please inquire.
All photographs are the copyright of the individual artists and may not be reproduced without their permission.

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Jen Barrows and Kim Keiter-Johnson, Boston MA / reflective
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Richard Bonvissuto, Palm Springs CA / Mark in Pool
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Larissa Burak, Cornwall On Hudson NY / Saugerties Lighthouse
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Stefanie Calkins Wolfe, Atlanta GA / Fallen
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Antonio Castilho, Lisbon, Portugal / #5
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JUROR'S AWARD: Katherine Clayton, Hoopeston IL / The Red Hat
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Petra Davis, San Francisco CA / Marshall
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Dana Day, Chicago IL / Untitled Two
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Gina DeGideo, Mesa AZ / Tracking
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Cathy Dutertre, Zephyrhills FL / Infinity
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Diane Fenster, Pacifica CA / Firefly
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Diane Gabriel, Burlington VT / Gypsy Boy
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Bob Gervais, Portland OR / Ice Cream, Mexico City
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Ricardo Hantzschel, Sao Paulo, Brazil / Brigadeiro Avenue
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Elizabeth Herrmann and Ryan Shelley, St. Petersburg FL / Cementropy 5
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Martin Hoffmann, Freiburg, Germany / Prague
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DIRECTOR'S AWARD: Priscilla Kanady, The Woodlands TX / Meghan in the Shadows
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Michael Kirchoff, Los Angeles CA / Suspenders
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Alexey Krupin, Moscow, Russia / Pantheon.Rome
On Watch
Susan Lapides, Cambridge MA / Guard Duty
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Ying Jung Lu, San Francisco CA / Hurt
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Rayna Mackey, Little Rock AR / Untitled
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James Malsich, Culver City CA / Liberty Statue; Los Angeles, CA
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Emily Matyas, Tempe AZ / Looking Ahead and Behind
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Emmanuel Mones, Elkridge MD / How Big, How Blue
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Atsuko Morita, San Francisco CA / Cells #5
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Heather Musto, Bethlehem PA / Boy Under Piers, Old Orchard Beach, Maine, August 2014
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Eben Ostby, El Cerrito CA / Charades
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Louise Russell, San Diego CA / Mom at the Fence
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Martha Schuster, Long Beach CA / Elizabeth
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Heather Ross, Taos NM / Moving Through Time
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Francis Sullivan, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada / Coming Home 2
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Christopher W. Luhar-Trice, Jacksonville FL / Winter Trees (Vanitas)
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Curt Walters, Mesa AZ / Post Office Trip
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Ryan Zoghlin, Chicago IL / Fiestatype #2
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Ben Altman, Danby NY / Area of WWI Front Line. Theipval, Somme, France
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Cameran Ashraf, Los Angeles CA / He
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Eric Bailey, Boxborough MA / Cathedral Rocks No. 1
© 2015 Chuck Baker - Chuck Baker Photography - ALL RIGHTS RESER
Chuck Baker, Nijmegen, Netherlands / Wheat Lane
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Katherine Clayton, Hoopeston IL / Mother Dreams
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Kathleen Donohoe, Brooklyn NY / 3. Elutriate:Haven
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Alexis Doshas, West Wardsboro VT / Her happy place
Chicago
Ryan Duffy, Ballwin MO / Chicago
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Anna Fritzel, Plano TX / Gavan in Krakow
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Christopher Galluccio, Galloway NJ / Dancer in Repose
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Siobhan Gazur, Encinitas CA / Tree in the Middle
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Analia Gutierrez, San Francisco CA / Untitled IV
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John Hagman, Hinesburg VT / Little River Fisherman
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Marc Hathaway, Denver CO / Three Times a Lady
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Karen Hillier, Bryan TX / Law, TX; Brazos County (Two Trees)
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Mark Hobson, Au Sable Forks NY / trees
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Diana Nicholette Jeon, Honolulu HI / I Orfeo VIII
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Morrow Jones, Canton CT / America Starts Here
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John Lawrence, Cypress CA / 44308
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Trinity M. Lovell, Bryant AR / My Shawl: My Comfort, My Burden
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Phil Marty, Boynton Beach FL / The Polaroid Series I
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Pete McCutchen, Alexandria VA / The Bridge From Somewhere to Somewhere
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Ralph Mercer, Needham MA / Mesquite Flat Dunes, Death Valley, CA
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Cynthia Miller, Richardson TX / Rapunzel
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Johanna Moore, Farmingdale ME / Harris Station Dam 2, Indian Pond, 129 Days
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Joseph Mougel, Milwaukee WI / Weber Canyon
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Shelby Orr, Fort Worth TX / One Kite in a Tree
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Steve Parrott, Jackson TN / Abandoned Silence 8
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Janet Politte, Bellevue WA / Through the Door
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John Puffer, Vincennes IN / Statue of Liberty: New York City
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Peggy Reynolds, Essex Junction VT / Gatehouse
Waiting
Betti Rippentrop-Pridmore, Little Rock AR / Waiting
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Darrell Roak, South Portland ME / Road to Mystery
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Susan Saunders, Westhampton NY / Red Barn
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Skip Smith, Langley WA / Chetzemoka
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Michael Weitzman, Bozeman MT / Bad Moon Rising
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Gregory Williams, Rockville MD / Leaning Tower of Touhy
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Jonas Yip, Manhattan Beach CA / Crossing
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Clayton Joe Young, Davidson NC / Untitled 1, from the series "The Last of the Young Men"
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Stuart Zalka, Brooklyn NY / Untitled #15

Juror's Statement

Often perfection is a direct result of embracing imperfection. The term “happy accident” has become synonymous with wildly flawed alternative approaches including toy, pinhole and homemade photography, as they frequently rely on elements of chance and luck. But there have been some who have tamed these unpredictable, faulty beasts to yield purely poetic results by letting go of technical control and connecting with their inner photographic child. 

It was great joy to spend time with these wonderfully imperfect images and I applaud everyone who submitted. Having to narrow down a selection for the physical and online exhibits was an immense but gratifying task. In the end, the selected images seamlessly merged consistent aptitude with an element of unpredictable chance, thus creating lyrical results. I congratulate all the selected artists and sincerely thank everyone who submitted such fantastically flawed work.

- Susan Burnstine

About the Juror

Susan Burnstine is an award-winning fine art and commercial photographer originally from Chicago, now based in Los Angeles. Susan is represented in galleries across the world, widely published throughout the globe, teaches workshops internationally and has also written for several photography magazines, including a monthly column for "Black and White Photography Magazine" (UK).

Burnstine is one of the few photographers today avidly pursuing alternative processes to create an idiosyncratic and deeply personal visual landscape. Initially, she sought to find a way to portray her dream-like visions entirely in-camera, rather than with post-processing digital manipulations. To achieve this, she has created 23 handmade film cameras and lenses that are frequently unpredictable and technically challenging. The cameras are primarily made out of plastic, vintage camera parts, and random household objects, with single-element lenses molded from plastic and rubber. Learning to overcome their extensive optical limitations required Burnstine to rely on instinct and intuition—the same tools that are key when attempting to interpret dreams.

Learn more about Susan Burnstine's work through her website, here