There will be no Artist's Reception or 2nd Saturday gathering offered this month. The gallery will be open Thursday - Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.
Hindsight 20|20 is the theme of the 12th annual juried show, TWELVE. During a year of unexpected upheaval and startling adjustments at every level of society, Viewpoint asked photographers to present subjects from any time period, genre or medium that visually interpreted the theme. Juror Sharmon Goff selected a thoughtful and evocative exhibit from over 250 photographs.
1st Place: Anita Rama, Digging Into the Past
2nd Place: Gene McKinnon, American River Complex Fire
3rd Place: Susan Scholey, Comet and Sunflowers
Honorable Mention Awards:
Gerry Limjuco, Fleet Week
David Nasater, Mature Beauty
Diane Tempest, Home School.
All images may be viewed in the online gallery and store following the exhibit opening.
Juror’s Statement: Sharmon Goff
I want to thank Viewpoint Photographic Art Center for inviting me to jury the exhibition, Twelve: Hindsight 20|20. Looking at stunning photographs is, for me, an irresistible pleasure.
Choosing pieces for inclusion in the show was difficult, since there were many compelling and beautiful photographs from which to select and limited space to display the work -- almost 70% of the prints had to be declined. Often calls for submission for this type of exhibit result in a predictable narrow range of work. It is too easy for photographers to become bogged down in photographic minutiae and the mechanics of digital techniques. While craft, technical understanding and skill are all essential, that is only the beginning of creating a powerful image. The work offered for consideration for this show reflected an unexpected level of innovation, breadth and variety of imagery. Unfortunately this meant that many of the pieces submitted by talented and creative artists could not be included
The most challenging part of the judging process was selecting those works for awards. Unfortunately, there were far fewer awards than photographs worthy of selection. Some of the photographers whose work was selected clearly treasure the pleasure of capturing a moment in time, an expression, a gesture, or the glow of light on a surface. But other artists started with a single photograph and used digital tools to create remarkable multilayered pieces with digital expertise and extraordinary vision. The most effective and cogent photographs are imaginative, have emotional impact or a compelling concept. The best images draw the viewer to explore the space within or the ideas they generate. The work almost demands to be examined.
By its nature the jury process is not kind. If your work was not selected for inclusion, please remember this show reflects one person’s perspective at a given point in time. Do not let this one decision keep you from pursuing your unique vision.
Image credit: 1st Place: Anita Rama, Digging Into the Past