The variety of landscapes, light and moments took our breath away. All of the pent-up feelings of staying close to home the last couple of years were momentarily silenced as we were able to be transported to incredible places in the submitted work.
Nearly all of the images not only showed real technical expertise but also captured unique and unusual perspectives. It was no easy feat to choose this collection. We ended up categorizing by subject matter and finding the images that really stood out from the rest in each group.
As contemporary photographers and photo teachers, we constantly find ourselves drawn into minimal images that capture a fleeting moment in time (a single wave cresting in a sea of dark water) because we know how difficult those images can be to find and capture in a compelling way. In addition, we appreciate images that create a quiet place to rest your eyes by creating a sense of order in the untamable chaos of the natural world. We also love images that use scale, focus, etc. to create mysterious abstractions that make us pause for discovery.
While there were many other images that easily could’ve made the cut, we chose to select a collection that embodies the variety, magic and wholeness of what was submitted. A feast for the eyes and the senses through the incomparable beauty of the natural world.
— Alissa and Jacob Hessler
Call for Entries
This is a call for all genres of landscape: natural, urban, industrial, and abstract. Show us how you see the world, while embracing the quiet and minimal.
All capture and processing methods are welcome.
We are very pleased that Jacob and Alissa Hessler will curate this exhibit. They 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 appear in the exhibit catalog.
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About the Jurors
Jacob Hessler is a contemporary fine art photographer, known for his expansive and meditative landscapes. Hessler’s work has explored rising seas, industrialized farming, borders and boundaries, invasive species, extinction, and more broadly, mankind's relationship with, and impact on, the natural world.
Jacob is a graduate of the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, and pursued his master’s degree in graphic design at Parsons, The New School for Design. Hessler left New York and moved back to his childhood hometown in mid-coast Maine to focus on fine art landscape photography. Jacob’s work is widely collected and displayed throughout the world. He is a represented artist at Dowling Walsh Gallery, Corey Daniels Gallery and Soapbox Arts.
With a diverse background in art direction, photography, and film production management, Alissa Hessler has worked as both the director for creative talent and as the creative talent. She has shot and produced content for international publications and brands, art directed and produced commercial shoots, managed global launch events, and orchestrated rebrands of international corporations. In her free time she continues to champion young farmers and rural small business owners through her Urban Exodus project.
Jacob and Alissa jointly teach workshops at Maine Media, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and other institutions across the country. They also operate their own destination workshops on Cumberland Island and the Lost Coast of California.