TWELVE: Closer Encounters



Closer Encounters is the theme of Viewpoint’s 13th annual open juried show, TWELVE. Over the last two years, society has taken precautions of social distancing and established six feet of separation as offering some greater measure of safety during the pandemic. We have changed handshakes to elbow bumps and nods have replaced hugs. Lines and shoe silhouettes on the floor in public places indicate the appropriate spacing while waiting room chairs hold signs forbidding their use. As a symbol of our emergence from the darkest days of the COVID-19 battle, Closer Encounters invites photographers to enter images taken within six feet of their chosen subject. This closer view could be still lifes, portraits, underwater visions, macro photographs, abstractions, details of flowers or walls, and more. Subjects and photographic techniques are unlimited. However, the vantage point should be six feet or closer to the primary subject. Viewpoint welcomes your concepts, creativity and craftsmanship in interpreting Closer Encounters. We hope you accept the challenge.

Image by: Rebecca Gregg


ENTRY DEADLINE: October 17, 2021

EXHIBIT: December 8, 2021 – December 31, 2021

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Kathryn Mayo is a photo educator and photographer. She is a highly regarded professor of photography at Cosumnes River College, Sacramento where she teaches a range of courses in film, digital imaging and manipulation, photo history and alternative photographic processes. Her own photography is often autobiographical in nature with an emphasis on storytelling. Mayo’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is in several permanent collections. She earned her B.F.A. from the University of Alabama with a concentration in Photography. Her M.F.A. is from Tulane University. Mayo’s most recent body of work, We Are Selma: The Selma Portrait Project, includes sixty-five 11x14 inch portraits captured using the 19th century wet plate collodion ambrotype process with an ultra large view camera and an antique lens. The portraits were created working within six feet of her subjects. Kathryn Mayo’s work may be viewed at


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