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December 16, 2014 - January 9, 2015

The Traces Left Behind

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.

Agrons_Geoffrey_2Xenharmonic
Geoffrey Agrons - Kensington, CA Xenharmonic DIRECTOR'S CHOICE AWARD
Ashley_Bob_4Boiler Room
Bob Ashley - Sacramento, CA Boiler Room
Bastyr_Marianne_3Oil
Marianne Bastyr - Chatsworth, CA Oil
Becker_Carrie_4SnowedIn
Carrie M. Becker - St. Louis, MO Snowed In
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Gloria DeFilipps Brush - Duluth, MN 8541
Burnett_David_3Katrina
David Burnett - Newburgh, NY Katrina, New Orleans; A Child's Clothes
SONY DSC
Eric Burrows - Coffs Harbor Jetty, NSW, Australia Sextonville Tennis Club
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
John Comito - Heartland, TX Chipman's
Crompton_Stephen_4Jamestown_Mall_2
Stephen Crompton - Tampa, FL Jamestown Mall #2
DiPietro_Corinne_1TheRealThing
Matthew Derezinski - Kirksville, MO Water Spirit
Doering_Mary_2Traces Left Behind
Mary Doering - Brewster, MA Untitled
Gardner_David_4CrazyHorse
David Gardner - San Francisco, CA Crazy Horse. Black Hills, SD
Gilchrist_Glenn_5DailyCommute
Glenn Gilchrist - Williston, VT Daily Commute - Abandoned Granite Quarry, Barre, VT
Grubb_George_3Bluie East Two 3
George T. Grubb - New York, NY Bluie East Two - World War II Abandoned Military Base #3
ilachinski_andy_Impermanence
Andrew Ilachinski - Springfield, VA Impermanence
Jacoby_Kam_1BendasherHome
Kam Jacoby - Los Alamos, CA Bendasher Home Central Avenue and Legge Avenue, Lompoc, California circa 1910/2008
Jones_Morrow_10_Quiet_Desperation
Morrow Jones - New Hartford, CT Quiet Desperation
Ketner_Kelly_1school's_out
Kelly Ketner - Alto, NM school's out
Kozel_Nick_5Found #3, Minneapolis, 5214
Nick Kozel - St. Paul, MN Found #3, Minneapolis, 5/2/14.
Kwalwasser_Amy_5LionBelize
Amy Kwalwasser - Round Rock, TX Lion Belize
Ladendorf_Joan_2Caught 2
Joan M. Ladendorf - Hanover Park, IL Caught 2
Lehrer_Sherwin_2Ancient Woman
Sherwin Lehrer - Dedham, MA Ancient Woman
Loving_Cary_3Revive
Cary Loving - Richmond, VA Revive
marchetti_anthony_3_77008BR
Anthony Marchetti - Minneapolis, MN 7700-8, BR
May_Colin_5
Colin May - Marshfield, MA Untitled
Orloff_Deborah_1Mar65
Deborah Orloff - Sylvania, OH Mar 65
Palios_Christos_1ReporttoForeman
Christos J. Palios - Baltimore, MD Report to Foreman
Perry_Rich_5Alabama Chair
Richard Perry - Lowell, MA Alabama Chair
From the series "ANONYMIZATION":  Tercia Real master-planned com
Robert Harding Pittman - Newton, MA Tercia Real master-planned community (abandoned) | Murcia, Spain from the series "ANONYMIZATION"
Poulin_Emily2FairmountHistoricDistrictRichmond,Virginia
Emily Poulin - Chesapeake, VA Fairmount Historic District Richmond, Virginia
Puffer_John_7Tower - Knox County
John Puffer - Vincennes, IN
Tower: Knox County, Indiana
Robins_Clair_04Bleach_Butter_and_Bananas
Clair Robins - Leicestershire, England Bleach, Butter, and Bananas
Salvadori_Dani_1Perfectly_Preserved
Dani Salvadori - London, England Perfectly Preserved
Schneider_Eric_Upheaval
Eric Schneider - Philadelphia, PA Upheaval
Swain_Elizabeth-11
Liz Swain - Medfield, MA Just Hanging
Tucker_Haley_4Slight
Haley Tucker - Oakland, CA Slight
Walker_David_6Title
David Allen Walker - Dekalb, IL Deposits, Philadephia, Pennsylvania
Wensel_David_4White-Space-Brach-Candy-Factory-Chicago-2013-and-2014
David Wensel - Geneva, IL White Space - Brach Candy Factory Chicago IL
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Kirk Williams - Odessa, TX Spiral Near Abiquiu, New Mexico
Andrews_Lauralyn_4PureNaturalWaterOfTheNile
Lauralyn Andrews - Redmond, WA Pure and Natural Water of the Nile
Andrews_Lauralyn_7MedinaJournal
Lauralyn Andrews - Redmond, WA Medina Journal (Marrakech)
Bloomquist_Charly_2GroundsForInvestigation0021
Charly Bloomquist - Walla Walla, WA Grounds For Investigation 0021
Burkett-Steve_12EducationMightHelp
Steve Burkett - Centennial, CO Education Might Help
Carr_Patrick_4Barber Guide
Patrick Carr - Evanston, IL Barber Guide
Collier_Tricia_1ATM
Tricia Collier - Lincoln, MA ATM
Collins_Mark4DearJoeBill
Mark Collins - Dallas, TX Dear Joe Bill
Deupree_Tom_IMG_1214
Tom Deupree - Venice, FL Untitled
Erickson_Janelle Mill Ruins
Janelle Erickson - Lino Lakes, MN Mill Ruins
Foster_Thomas_1The Olson House
Thomas S. Foster - Friendswood, TX
The Olson House
Fritsche_Dennis_4Footfall
Dennis Fritsche - Plano, TX Footfall
Goode_Jody_Lonely.jpg
Jody Goode - Naples, ME
Lonely
Goodwin_Neil_1Abandoned Naval Base, Vieques, P.R
Neil Goodwin - Cambridge, MA
Abandoned Naval Base, Vieques, P.R.
Griffith_Susan-4Architecture in Paper
Susan B. Griffith - Cleveland Heights, OH Architecture in Paper
Griscti_Rhonda_1TheBlues
Rhonda Griscti - Yardley, PA The Blues
Hillier_Karen_5Unforgotten_weft
Karen Hillier - Bryan, TX Unforgotten, grandfather's toilette, weft
Huizenga_Jann_5Passage
Jann Huizenga - Santa Fe, NM Passage
Iranyi_Judi_5Bam Iran
Judi Iranyi - San Francisco, CA Bam, Iran
Keleher_Siobhan_1Facial Lingual Lingual Facial
Siobhan Keleher - Denver, CO Facial Lingual Lingual Facial
Kohatsu_Jim_final_reel5
Jim Kohatsu - Long Beach, CA Final Reel
LICKWAR-3
Phoebe Lickwar - Fayetteville, AR Succession, Benton County, AR
mastro_michael_2-405DauphinSt.
Michael Mastro - Mobile, AL 405 Dauphin Street
McMahon_Peter_3Graffiti_Wave
Peter McMahon - Philadelphia, PA Graffiti Wave
Menapace_Rick_5Canal ruins, Port Providence, PA
Rick Menapace - Collegeville, PA Canal ruins, Port Providence, PA
Morin_Tom_5Untitled206
Tom Morin - Houston, TX Untitled206, from the series "Chalkboards"
moyers_john_3Bldg680
John Moyers - Bristol, VT Bldg680
mueller_dana-2
Dana Mueller - Somerville, MA Camp Lee at Fort Lee Military Base near Peterbsurg, Virginia 2009
Window of an abandoned house in Bernard ME
Ellen Powell - South Burlington, VT Abandoned House 1
Ross_Denise_4Consensus
Denise Ross - South Beach, OR Consensus
Sandberg_Emmet_7HoodedTransfer
Emmet Sandberg - Green Lake, WI Transfer hoodie
smits_paul_5_Room-with-a-view
Paul Smits - Besozzo, VA Room with a view
Stewart_Todd_5Untitled
Todd Stewart - Norman, OK Untitled, From the Griffin Project (Photographs from a former mental health care facility)
Stokan_Steve_1BagleySeedCorn
Steve Stokan - Flower Mound, TX
Bagley Seed Corn
Weisz_Lacie_4Untitled
Lacie Weisz - Moorhead, MN Untitled
winkworth_Nick-4-Divergence
Nick Winkworth - Menlo Park, CA Divergence

Juror's Statement

With a record number of images submitted for "The Traces Left Behind", narrowing the selection to 75 was tremendously difficult. It was a pleasure to see how different artists chose to approach the subject and responses ranged from literal to abstract and spanned a broad range of aesthetic approaches. I found influences of some of my favorite artists: Eugene Atget, Clarence John Laughlin, Edouard Baldus, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Troy Paiva, and Bernd and Hilla Becher, to name a few. Some entrants chose to approach the subject via landscape or architectural photography, others through triptych, scanning of old photographs and objects, constructed images, and collage.

The photograph is itself a trace. In Camera Lucida Barthes observes the photograph as a portal to a moment which has already collapsed in on itself: "From a real body, which was there, proceed radiations which ultimately touch me, who am here; the duration of the transmission is insignificant; the photograph of the missing being, as Sontag says, will touch me like the delayed rays of a star." Each of these images tells its own story, about the subjects and those that shaped them, but also about the artist's reaction to and perception of the individual moment they captured. While there were many other images from the entrants that I would have liked to include also, in my selection I tried to capture a cross section of different approaches and styles, from the intimacy of a lost balloon trapped beneath a skylight and its implications about one child's story, to a sweeping view of a valley filled with rusting barrels and its ominous portent about the echoes of our civilization itself.

I felt each of them had something important to say and were worthy of reflection.

- Matthew Christopher 

About the Juror

Over the last decade Matthew Christopher has photographed the decay of American infrastructure, the aftermath of economic dysfunction, and the dimming of the American dream. He has exhibited widely in the United States in solo shows entitled The Age of Consequences, The Things We Left Behind, and Dismantling the Dream.

Matthew lectures and conducts frequent workshops. A monograph, Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences, was published in 2014.


Call for Entries

Whether abandoned or discarded, lost, preserved, or memorialized, the objects and places that are evidence of our histories inspire photographs. From an abandoned crumbling factory to a greasy pizza box left curbside, from an Incan ruin to a matted soft toy washed up at water's edge, initials carved in a tree, a soiled pile of personal effects waiting beneath an overpass… These are the clues to the treasure map of humanity. The humans who left them are palpable.

We are drawn to capture these things photographically before they rot or crumble or disappear entirely. They are evidence of the passage of time and, ultimately, of our mortality.