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August 16 - September 10, 2011

The Poetry of Shadows

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All photographs are the copyright of the individual artists and may not be reproduced without their permission.

Arnold_Will1_Path
Arnold_Will1_Path
Ashmore_Richard_5Grand_Gulf
Ashmore_Richard_5Grand_Gulf
Bartrum_Maria_fallen cross 1
Bartrum_Maria_fallen cross 1
bashan_drora_5untitled_mikve_israel
bashan_drora_5untitled_mikve_israel
Beal_Lindsey_3Title
Beal_Lindsey_3Title
Bright_Bob_5Visitor
Bright_Bob_5Visitor
Bryant_Susan_5Two Chairs
Bryant_Susan_5Two Chairs
Cammeraat_Casper_5Celtis_reticulata
Cammeraat_Casper_5Celtis_reticulata
Chapman_Harlan_2
Chapman_Harlan_2
Cooper_Wendy_1_Shadow_11.5 x 11.5 inches
Cooper_Wendy_1_Shadow_11.5 x 11.5 inches
Cornelis_Bob-2SelfPortrait5
Cornelis_Bob-2SelfPortrait5
CrawfordM_7MetroGarden
CrawfordM_7MetroGarden
deSwaan_Sylvia_3Ravensburg_Germany
deSwaan_Sylvia_3Ravensburg_Germany
Dombach_Barbara_3TailwithTwoSides
Dombach_Barbara_3TailwithTwoSides
Dark Water
Dark Water
gifford_kim_2witchinghour
gifford_kim_2witchinghour
To hold the meanings in my hands
To hold the meanings in my hands
golubkova_marina_IMG_8601_
golubkova_marina_IMG_8601_
Moon of Winds I
Moon of Winds I
Johnson_Robb_5Grand Motel
Johnson_Robb_5Grand Motel
Jones - Kit - 3 Porch Railing on Snow
Jones – Kit – 3 Porch Railing on Snow
Krugh_Kent_Winter_Woods_No_4
Krugh_Kent_Winter_Woods_No_4
Kulikauskas_arunas_beach1
Kulikauskas_arunas_beach1
Ladendorf_Joan_16Window
Ladendorf_Joan_16Window
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Lerner_Norman_2 Waiting
Lerner_Norman_2 Waiting
Lirakis_Susan_3Threshold
Lirakis_Susan_3Threshold
Mahaffey_Rodney_4WolfHotelSaratogaWY
Mahaffey_Rodney_4WolfHotelSaratogaWY
Maher_Marie-5Dream _3
Maher_Marie-5Dream _3
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5331008531_0d29572a23_b
Nause_Chrystal_8Cecelia
Nause_Chrystal_8Cecelia
Paradise_Jane_3DuneShack
Paradise_Jane_3DuneShack
Phillips_Wendy_1La Sombra 1
Phillips_Wendy_1La Sombra 1
Powell_Emma_OctopusOffering
Powell_Emma_OctopusOffering
Through the Glass
Through the Glass
Russell_Don_RGB1
Russell_Don_RGB1
Sand_Greg_1SnapshotBrothers
Sand_Greg_1SnapshotBrothers
Tannen_Jason_3Bowl
Tannen_Jason_3Bowl
Thorolfsson_Sverrir_Eyrarbakki2
Thorolfsson_Sverrir_Eyrarbakki2
wilson_liza_congo-night-1
wilson_liza_congo night 1
akerblom.maria_2_Rememberence
akerblom.maria_2_Rememberence
Annable_Susan_5Attraction
Annable_Susan_5Attraction
Blum_Aaron_2LifetimeResident
Blum_Aaron_2LifetimeResident
Bright_Terri_3Untitled
Bright_Terri_3Untitled
Brown_Cate_4Fish
Brown_Cate_4Fish
Bucheit_Jennifer_5Two Springs
Bucheit_Jennifer_5Two Springs
Celent_Leigh_5ManDreaming
Celent_Leigh_5ManDreaming
Chimacoff_Alan_2 CITY WIRES
Chimacoff_Alan_2 CITY WIRES
Davis_Gerry_2_St_Louis_Cathedral
Davis_Gerry_2_St_Louis_Cathedral
DiPiazza_Laura_2Shin
DiPiazza_Laura_2Shin
Fainguersch_Claudia_2L'ombre
Fainguersch_Claudia_2L’ombre
Fairchild_Catherine_1Winterlude
Fairchild_Catherine_1Winterlude
hastert_wolfgang_flowerman
hastert_wolfgang_flowerman
Hill_Sol_2-untitled
Hill_Sol_2-untitled
Arena, Ronda
Arena, Ronda
Honegger_Michael_4Abandoned
Honegger_Michael_4Abandoned
Hopkins_Mark_3ForestDawn
Hopkins_Mark_3ForestDawn
Jones_Hugh_07HandJive
Jones_Hugh_07HandJive
Karabinis_Paul_2The_Diver
Karabinis_Paul_2The_Diver
Kaye_Diane_6Gates_To_the_Villa
Kaye_Diane_6Gates_To_the_Villa
kelly-danielle-2.-i-am-protected
kelly danielle 2. i am protected
Lieber_Erik_3Shadows_and_Snow
Lieber_Erik_3Shadows_and_Snow
Mandla_Suzan_3Handpuppets
Mandla_Suzan_3Handpuppets
Masiejczyk_Cindy8Triplets
Masiejczyk_Cindy8Triplets
Meridian_Julie_3FISH
Meridian_Julie_3FISH
Messersmith06
Messersmith06
perkins_penny_51ClubChair-Perkins
perkins_penny_51ClubChair-Perkins
Stoney_Shannon_Bearafter-a-night-of-chasing-cows
Stoney_Shannon_Bear,after a night of chasing cows
Tabak_Rivka_7_THE-BRIDE
Tabak_Rivka_7_THE BRIDE
Tennenbaum_Susan_5AmyCorner
Tennenbaum_Susan_5AmyCorner
Tyrrell_Chandler_3ShadowPlay7397
Tyrrell_Chandler_3ShadowPlay7397
VanDerWalt_Deon_4_Where_are_you
VanDerWalt_Deon_4_Where_are_you
Voros_Ildiko_2Somerville-streets
Voros_Ildiko_2Somerville streets
winter_doug_heartbreakhill
winter_doug_heartbreakhill
Wu_Celine_4Presence-in-Between-37
Wu_Celine_4Presence in Between-37


Call for Entries

As a counterpart to PhotoPlace Gallery's recent exhibition, "The Language of Light," we are pleased to present "The Poetry of Shadows." Light and shadow are key ingredients to photography. From dark and moody images to abstract designs, shadows can work in a variety of ways.

For this exhibition, esteemed photographer, teacher, and writer Christina Z. Anderson selected forty photographs for exhibition at PhotoPlace Gallery. She also chose an additional thirty-five photographs for the gallery's "Online Annex." Her selections represent a remarkable cross-section of national and international work by photographers from thirty states and eleven foreign countries.

 

Juror's Statement

It is a most difficult task to narrow these excellent entries to a mere 8% of all submissions: 75 works out of nearly 1000 photographs from 167 photographers were selected, 40 for the gallery, 35 for online exhibition, and all selected entries for the show's catalog. The hard choices were based on a number of decisions, first being, of course, how did the image express the theme? Was "shadow" stated or implied, literal or metaphorical? Then, did the work say something about the theme in a new way? And in the final curating of the exhibit, did the selections strengthen one another as a whole, with repetition of subject matter a rhythmical, poetic element and not a weakness? 

Throughout the submissions there were recurring threads of such things as literal shadow making its mark on snow, grass, pavement, walls, and bodies, or psychological shadow evinced by chiaroscuro or photographic blur. The specter, or shadow, of loss or death was a recurrent theme as well. Susan Bryant's vacant lawn chairs are inviting at the same time they indicate a loss of presence by the photographer's aesthetic choices. Greg Sand's Snapshot Brothers appears at first glance to be a normal image but on second look, no children are there to create the shadow. Norman Lerner's Waiting, depicts an aged woman with gnarled hands, face hidden by the stark shadows in the room; what is she waiting for? Death? A doctor's appointment? With the way she clutches her purse, certainly not for better things to come. So, too, is the feeling one gets from Aaron Blum's Lifetime Resident, a contemporary portrait of a man staring blankly into space, perhaps in a nursing home, shoes far too big for his feet. 

Shadow in a more contemporary aesthetic, a sort of vacant banale that serves as counterpoint to what we usually think of when imagining shadow as subject, is well expressed in Marina Golubkova's scene of a simple ironing board. Pale shadows of a seemingly mountainous landscape echo an existence far more exotic than the cleaning task at hand. Merrimon Crawford's Metro Garden, in contrast, attempts the exotic in its Asian-inspired manicured tree which deflates in juxtaposition with its background of corporate brick wall.  
Other intriguing images: Maria Bartrum's Fallen Cross which, by nature of the way Bartrum has composed the image, appears to be levitating, not falling. Arunas Kulikauskas' Beach foregrounds shadowy figures occupying a setting sun landscape—a lone figure on the left distanced from the others, baggage in hand. Joan Ladendorf's gorgeous image Window, invites the viewer into its setting where bright morning light and slatted shadows interplay across an empty oak chair. In Chrystal Nause's Cecilia an innocent yet all-knowing child is engaging the viewer while a shadowy figure lurks in the rear.

 This statement would be far too long if I were to write what attracted me to each of these 75 choices, but each does have an element that gives it staying power to make it rise to the top 8%. I congratulate all selected photographers and wish them the best in their future endeavors.

     — Christina Z. Anderson