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Found Objects

Deadline for submissions: May 16, 2022
Prints due: Jun 13, 2022
Exhibition: June 23 - July 22, 2022

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.

Juror's Statement

For “Found Objects” we sought images that reflected artistic intent in presenting objects—sometimes extraordinarily ordinary—that caught the photographer’s attention. I was highly impressed by the high caliber and variety of the submissions.

Each artist defined, in their own way, the strength and appeal of photography as an independent art form. They explored composition and shapes as a fundamental aspect of the photographic aesthetic, be it purely artistic or in support of a narrative. Visual languages and techniques were diverse, each demonstrating a unique interpretation of the theme “Found Objects.”

One of art’s great powers is its subjectivity. I simply chose work that resonated with me, as well as images whose artistry and ingenuity could not be overlooked.

The Juror's Award image, with its mastery of the Chiaroscuro effect, intrigued me and invited my immersion into the image, to contemplate its color palette and beautiful composition.  The old basin in the shadows gives a sense of timelessness, and the simplicity of the room reminded me of Vilhelm Hammershoi‘s interior paintings.

For the Director's Award, I chose a beautifully executed image of a very-lost-but-now-found teddy bear. What sad child lost it, and how did it meet such a fate?

I hope all these beautiful images will invite you to look more carefully at the world that surrounds us, to pay attention to the weird and simple objects that invade our visual field and which we tend to overlook. I also hope that the diversity of the featured images will spark your creativity and convince you that any subject can be an infinite source of inspiration.

Thank you to all the artists who submitted their work, and to PhotoPlace Gallery for allowing me to jury this exhibition.

          —Sandrine Hermand-Grisel

 Call for Entries

What objects have caught your eye that became the subject of study? What curiosities are included in your still life?  It could be a casual one-time find on the street, or something that compelled you to return to it repeatedly, outside or in the studio. No object is insignificant if it demanded your attention. All capture and processing methods are welcome.

We are very pleased that Sandrine Hermand-Grisel will curate this exhibit. She will select up to 35 images for exhibition in the Middlebury, Vermont gallery, and another 40 images for the Online gallery. All 75 images will be promoted on social media and appear in the exhibit catalog.

Information about our printing service and free matting and framing here.

Banner image:  Claudia Cebrian
Home page thumbnail:   Nancy Faulds
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About the Juror

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel grew up in Paris and in London. Influenced by her mother's sculptures and her husband’s paintings and films, her series Nocturnes won her the Prix Kodak de la Critique Photographique. She moved with her family to the United States in 2006, and in 2013 she created the website All About Photo.

All About Photo presents an international perspective on contemporary photography, with an eye toward beauty, artistic significance and timeless quality. Packed with the work of exceptional photographers around the world,  it is a free and independent magazine that has become one of the most vibrant portals of photography on the web.

See Sandrine's work here.
Visit All About Photo here.

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