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, Hindsight 20|20 provided photographers with the opportunity to look back at and explore a subject of interest from any time period. All photographs have a retrospective quality both for the maker and for the viewer. As Aldous Huxley said,
Winning images include: First, Second and Third place awards went to Anita Rama’s Digging into the Past, Gene McKinnon for American River Complex Fire, and Susan Scholey’s Comet and Sunflowers. Honorable Mention Awards recognized Gerry Limjuco for Fleet Week, David Nasater’s Mature Beauty, and Diane Tempest for Home School.
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 examine
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.
BIO: Sharmon Goff is an educator, photographer and traveler. She is professor emerita at California State University, Sacramento, where she was the chair of the Department of Design and Photography Program. Hundreds of photographers have benefitted from her critiques, knowledge, humor, and encouragement. She received her MFA from University of California, Davis with a concentration in photography. Sharmon's large format color photographs have been reproduced in numerous publications and shown at local and international galleries and museums including: The Crocker Art Museum and Viewpoint Photographic Art Center, Sacramento; Pennsylvania State University; The Ledel Gallery and The Chautauqua Galleries, New York; The Chinese Photographic Association Gallery, Beijing; and Camerawork, San Francisco. She is a Charter Member of Viewpoint Photographic Art Center.
Sharmon Goff’s work may be viewed on Instagram.
Image credits--(Top) 2nd Place: Gene McKinnon, American River Complex Fire; 3rd Place: Susan Scholey, Comet and Sunflowers