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Geoffrey Agrons
Lainie at Sea
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Richard Bonvissuto
Summer's End
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Magali Chesnel
Cellular Landscape
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Myrtie Cope
Foggy Autumn
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Jean N. Cornell
Mexico River
DAN71157 37627 juror
Jessica Daniels
Geothermal Mud Pit #1
DEA77665 70727 juror
Sam Deaner
Interplay XI, 2017
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Parrish Dobson
Far Horizon - 2
DUN58326 55469 juror
Bob Dunn
No Game Today
EME25486 05274 juror
Katherine Emery
Hilton Head, SC
EME28958 80498 juror
Len Emery
Curl
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Rebecca Finley
Staying Afloat
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Juror's Award
Kathleen Fischer
Caldera
FIT95124 10476 juror
Tony Fitzsimmons
Poseidon
GAR03833 27299 juror
Jason Gardner
Orinoco Dawn
GOL01489 76839 juror
Andrew Gold
Golden Hour
GOL27695 52468 juror
J.M. Golding
On the precipice of waking
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Brad Hamilton
Ryan, 2016
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Liz Hickok
Incident, from the series "Ground Water"
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Honorable Mention
Mark Hobson
Ocean Lightning
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Susan Keiser
Barbaric Glass No.17
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Kent Krugh
Satellite Beach Waves No. 21
LOP32477 54139 juror
Rhonda Lashley Lopez
Storm Over the Jemez
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Honorable Mention
Marilyn Maddison
Ice Realms
MAR24834 97174 juror
Antonio Martinez
Precipice + Eclipse, Carbondale, IL
MAR70792 99184 juror
Anette Marweld
Tub
MAS35177 09409 juror
Erika Masterson
Life Boat
MOR37075 07186 juror
Director's Award
Atsuko Morita
Marin Headlands, CA, from the series"Transitory"
PAN87544 41922 juror
Catherine Panebianco
Mom & Me
PEY63626 03641 juror
Janel Peyton
His Story
ROB27538 93157 juror
Olivier Robert
Diving Platform
TER01846 94823 juror
JP Terlizzi
Geothermal Cleanup
WAL45054 15233 juror
Jacqueline Walters
Traces XXIV
WNE29539 89672 juror
Honorable Mention
Cate Wnek
Untitled
WON93103 32736 juror
Carol Wontkowski
Jardin d'Hiver - 2
ACH29651 80214 juror
Deb Achak
Before the Jump
ARC04982 71274 juror
Roger Archibald
Untitled
ATW20909 95445 juror
Robert Atwater
Dawn in the New World, Costa Rica
BAR56593 90169 juror
David Bartlett
Skogafoss/Iceland
CHA82716 09193 juror
Robi (Anirudha) Chakraborty
Sacred River
CHA90955 75726 juror
Jo Ann Chaus
Oregon Coast, August 2017
CLE02307 49341 juror
Cheryl Clegg
Truro
DOS15678 88732 juror
Thouly Dosios
Ferry Ride
DUR99311 96769 juror
Scott Durka
West Canyon Trough #1
GOK42819 20086 juror
Naide Goksun
Sinan
GOL09028 32049 juror
Danielle L Goldstein
Bethesda Terrace
GOO87398 99562 juror
Barry Good
Hot and Cold
GOO98714 30808 juror
Marita Gooteee
Pool Traffic
GRA57906 96109 juror
Gretchen Grace
Horizonless
JEO80872 28732 juror
Diana Nicholette Jeon
Stroke
JOH91369 77614 juror
Jorgen Johanson
Coming to Get Salt, Lake Assale, the Danakil Depression
KEL23865 31995 juror
Tiffany Kelly
Feel the Rain
KER13065 24985 juror
Eleanor Owen Kerr
On the Batture: Mud Flat
KEY51771 43258 juror
Jeff Key
Varanasi
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Nikos Konstantinidis
The Early World
KON14763 36656 juror
Alexandra Kondracke
Life
KUC55761 30685 juror
Karalee Kuchar
Involuntary Plunge
LAR21815 64223 juror
Mark La Rosa
Gore Mountain 1
LOH30845 48816 juror
Charles Lohman
Sister's Summer
MAR00793 37333 juror
Carol Marshall
Lunar Forces
MAU83301 55011 juror
Bill Mauzy
31 Geese
MCC41196 22892 juror
Mark McCarty
MK #8052
MYR39491 30524 juror
Eric Myrvaagnes
Water, Sand, and Light
NAT51108 65382 juror
Julia Nathanson
Forty-One Degrees
NEU46434 89924 juror
Marjorie Neu
New Zealand Horizon
OTT18015 15025 juror
Hou Hai Plunge
Nick Otto
PIE72043 85343 juror
William Pierson
Moonset with Cruise Ship and Approaching Aircraft
PRI04198 26696 juror
Jennifer Pritchard
Bob Between Worlds
REA56284 87427 juror
Erica Reade
Beach Lovers: Rolling in the Deep
ROW57128 99869 juror
Russ Rowland
Sudden Storm
SAU16445 41097 juror
Ron Moultrie Saunders
Blue Water Droplets
SOW69626 94034 juror
Hali Sowle
Staring Into Infinity
VIE28545 49086 juror
Carlos Bueno
Waves in the Afternoon
WIL75417 59581 juror
Kirk
Kaho'olawe
YER76434 89283 juror
Leslie J Yerman
Arroyo
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Gallery Exhibition: May 30 – June 23, 2018

Juror’s Statement

I have to be careful not to be lured back by my past in coastal Maine. Years spent in Rockport and Camden. The thick fog over the water most mornings. The memory of the sound of the ice breaking on the lake in late spring. The way the harbor would miraculously freeze into windblown peaks in the winter. The ice on the windows making me think of Minor White and his time in Rochester, but then bringing me back to my childhood in upstate New York near the Adirondacks, winters so intense we could climb from the snow banks onto the roof…(icicles still grow to several feet in length, the ponds still freeze over smooth for hockey and skating, my son is gleeful every year when we visit my parents).

These photographs of water pull at me in unexpected ways. I feel a longing to return to the extremes of the Northeast, away from the sun and drought of California, to the crushing humidity of summer and the ceaseless snow of the winter. I know this is nostalgia at its finest, but jurying this exhibition of Water has surprised me by not just the flood of memories, but the surprising quality and variety of the pictures. I’ve actually honestly never had a more difficult time jurying a show. When I narrowed the nearly 3000 photographs down to 290, I stared at them and thought: I could curate a show of the sea, the wild, unpredictable sea. Just the sea. Sometimes black, sometimes azure, sometimes tumultuous, sometimes like glass, sometimes opaque, sometimes translucent. It was tempting to think of a line of fathomless oceans on the walls, their horizons only shifting with storms or broken by lightning bolts or occasionally a couple embracing way too far from shore.

But there were too many other excellent photographs entered into this competition that only an intensity of seeing could discover: bubbles trapped in the ice, pristine snow beneath heavily laden branches, fissures in the frozen lake’s surface, sheets of ice patterned like feathers, figures floating underwater, people disappearing into the sublime water, strange dramatic landscapes with odd islands or red pools or impossible waterfalls, figures waiting on that edge where the water and land meet, dioramas of potent and somewhat terrifying scenes, hands gripping edges, night skies over the surf, pinhole and plastic camera images of the moving water and the shifting tides….there was so much to take in and all of it so moody and a lot of it dark, but some of it celebratory, like a man in a tiny bathing suit sailing into the water while an audience of people wait on the frozen ice around the hole or the delicate memory of a faded slide held up against the landscape or children playing in the spray on the summer lawn.

Congratulations to all the artists and thank you for bringing me back to the places I’ve loved and left and also for allowing me to feel the power of the ocean and the gift of the seasons. It’s been a spectacular journey

- Ann Jastrab

About the Juror

Ann M. Jastrab is an independent curator, photography consultant, editor, and writer. She writes extensively about photographers and photography for the acclaimed website All About Photo where she is the Editor-in-Chief. She worked as the gallery director at RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco for the past decade until their recent closure in June 2017. Ann has curated many exhibitions for RayKo while simultaneously jurying, curating, and organizing numerous exhibitions for other national and international venues outside of San Francisco.

She has reviewed portfolios for a multitude of organizations including the Seoul International Photography Festival in Korea, Fotofest, Photolucida, GuatePhoto, Review Santa Fe, Medium, Palm Springs Photo Festival, Filter, and Lishui International Photography Festival in China as well as being a juror for Critical Mass. While being a champion of artists, she created a thriving artist-in-residence program at RayKo where recent residents Carlos Javier Ortiz and McNair Evans both received Guggenheim Fellowships in 2016. Besides being a curator, Ann Jastrab, MFA, is a fine art photographer, master darkroom printer, and teacher as well. She has been leading courses in the San Francisco Bay Area and at the Maine Media Workshops (formerly the Maine Photographic Workshops) in Rockport, Maine since 1995. She is also currently working at Scott Nichols Gallery in San Francisco.

Call for Entries

“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” – Loren Eiseley

Water: sustainer of all life, ever various in its sources and forms, a magnet for imagination, meditation, fear, and wonder. Photographers have been making images of water since photography’s birth, drawn to the beauty and changeability of fog, mist, spray, ice, oceans and rivers, lakes and streams, rain, sleet, snow, puddles, and waves.

For this exhibit we sought photographs that captured the unique qualities of water—the way it catches the light, cuts through the earth, falls from the sky, sustains or threatens life, and changes its forms.

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We were very pleased that Ann Jastrab juried and curated this exhibition, selecting approximately 35 images for exhibition in the gallery, and 35 for our Online Gallery Annex. The recipients of the Juror’s Award and the Director’s Award receive a personal portfolio review by Ms. Jastrab.