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Intentional Spaces

Deadline for submissions: Apr 29, 2019
Juror: Laura Moya
Prints due: Jun 06, 2019
Exhibition: June 20 - July 13, 2019

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Juror: Laura Moya
Gallery exhibition: June 20 - July 13, 2019
Exhibition prints due: June 6, 2019

Juror’s statement

 Environmental Psychology is the study of the relationship between an environment and how that environment affects its inhabitants. It examines the way in which both built and natural environments shape us as individuals. The field defines the term “environment” broadly, considering built and natural environments, social settings, and informational environments. Environmental psychology was not recognized as its own field until the late 1960s, when scientists began to question the tie between human behavior and our environments.

Intentional Spaces is an exhibition that examines how people arrange spaces with purpose, and examines how these spaces evoke an emotional response with the viewer. The imagery curated into this exhibition truly runs the range of environments: places of worship (modern and historical), architectural spaces that emphasize the smallness of human scale, ginormous sculpted garden topiary…down to very intimate scenarios: a man who built a nest for himself in the woods, a young monk addressing the Buddah in a cave-like temple, murals painted on walls of zoo cages.

Jurying this call-for-entries was a true pleasure; I was surprised at the variance of interpretation of the curatorial theme. There was a large amount of strong imagery submitted, but a real percentage strayed from the descriptive intent of the exhibition. Thank you so much for allowing me to think deeply about this topic (an intriguing one for sure!) while spending time with some amazing imagery.       

– Laura Moya

About the Juror

Laura Moya is Director of Photolucida, based in Portland, Oregon. She organizes Photolucida’s biennial Portfolio Reviews event, as well as Portland Photo Month. She has juried for Lensculture’s Art Photography Awards, Critical Mass, Blue Sky Gallery’s Northwest Drawers, Newspace Center for Photography, Photo District News, United Photo Industries, PhotoPlace Gallery, and the John Chervinsky Scholarship award.

Laura has participated in reviews events including PhotoAlliance, LensCulture and SPE, and she has participated in panels at international festivals such as Pinyao International Photo Festival and GuatePhoto Festival. Laura co-curated The Early Works Project, which was shown at Newspace Center for Photography, Rayko Photo Center, the Center for Fine Art Photography, and the Photographic Resource Center, as well as The Elevated Selfie: Beyond the Bathroom Mirror, which exhibited at LightBox Photographic Gallery and the Griffin Museum of Photography. Most recently, she curated photography + science for the Yixian International Photography Festival, and Hypermedia in Critical Mass for the Lishui International Photography Festival in China.

Call for Entries

Humans create spaces to serve many purposes: to make us feel safe, comforted, fearful, humbled, awestruck, or inspired. The space may be a cozy reading nook in the corner, the inspirational size of a vast public building, the cold impersonality of an examination room, or a space that exists only in your imagination. We respond in some emotional way to all of them.

For this exhibition, we seek images of spaces that evoke an emotional response. All capture methods and processes are welcome. 
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© Dennis Fritsche

We are very pleased that Laura Moya will jury and curate this exhibition. She will select approximately 35 images for the Gallery Exhibition, and 35 for our Online Gallery. The recipients of the Juror’s Award and the Director’s Award will each be entitled to a personal portfolio review by Ms. Moya.

All 70 selected images will be reproduced in the exhibition print catalog and remain permanently on our website, with links to photographer’s URL. Gallery exhibition June 20 to July 13, 2019.

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