Thanks for a great year of fine art photography. We're busy closing out the year by preparing the next issue of INSIGHT magazine, which will feature artists who've been involved in our Contemporary Imagemakers program. Look forward to it early next year. In the meantime, enjoy a safe and happy holiday season!
This season's opportunity to be included in the Contemporary Imagemaker Annual publication, blog, and to be eligible for the $250 micro-grant awarded at the end of this year is coming to a close soon. The Quarter 4 deadline for submissions is October 31, 2013. Download the guidelines here and send us your work samples today!
David Gardner's Life on Wheels: The New American Nomads depicts Americans who have willfully traded traditional lifestyles of home and property for a nomadic existence of full-time life on the road in recreational vehicles.
"For much of any given year, I can be found traveling cross-county in my motorhome photographing the landscape. Over time, I have become aware of a certain group of fellow travelers who seem somehow different from the typical vacationer. Known as 'full-timers,' they are most often retired, but some do still work from their RV’s - using the advantage of mobility to increase flexibility and improve prospects. Full-timers are often found in out-of-the-way Bureau of Land Management campgrounds, stay in the same spot for extended periods and are acquainted with many other campers in a particular area. Living largely off the grid, they have embraced modern technologies when needed, such as Skype and WiFi to stay connected to loved ones. They employ advanced solar technologies and energy storage systems to power their rigs. Using GPS devices to coordinate meeting places, they tend to gather in unexpected and remote areas of the landscape all across the country."
"Recently I have shifted my emphasis as the difficulty of isolating landscapes free of human intervention has increased. I not only include evidence of human impact, but also people in the context of the landscape now appear. I am looking more at how we use land and what we communicate through that use. In order to preserve what we have, I believe it is important to reveal what we are losing."
Drawing from his experiences in acting, Rollence Patugan brings an element of theatre to his photography by exploring the lighter and darker sides of human emotion within his subjects. By pushing the roles of sex and searching for the revealing qualities of each subject, the woMEN series attempts to redefine what we know as masculinity. Using female subjects, Patugan's portraits explore the questions: How do we as a society define masculinity? Is it decided by gender? Do external traits suggest it? Or is it an attitude?
See more of this series and Patugan's work at 4thwallphotography.com.
While working for his bachelor’s degree in film production,
Zachary Wincik needed to find a solo form of creative expression, as opposed to
the large collaboration of film-making. He picked up a still camera in
"Although I am currently shooting mostly from my mobile camera, my real passion in photography lies in traditional 35mm street photography. Street photography to me is all about connection, and shooting with a wide angle lens forces you to get closer to your subject. With my photography, I try to capture something personal about each subject and hopefully make that personal connection – even for just a fraction of a second."
This work from Wendi Schneider represents her ongoing body of work from the Sanctuary series of "States of Grace."
"I am driven by a quest for grace and balance in my life and in my work. I strive to portray a personal interpretation rather than a strict representation, and find a balance between the real and the imagined. I am particularly drawn to the sensual lines of nature, details of objects as they are defined by light – the edge of a feather, the exquisite lines of natural forms. I seek to capture the fleeting beauty that is often overlooked, in hopes of preserving that magical moment of illumination that touches the soul. I photograph that which makes me catch my breath or makes my heart flutter."
See more at wendischneider.com.
Regular viewers of Photomedia Center exhibits will recognize J.M. Golding's luxurious black and white landscapes.
"My work explores the emotional and symbolic significance of the natural world as it reflects internal, subjective experience. I often see multilayered aspects of inner worlds in reflection, shadow, and multiple exposure. The emotional quality of the images seems to me expressive of pre-verbal experience that is retained, perhaps in the unconscious, long after it has become possible, expected, and maybe even typical to relate to the world largely through words. These photographs speak of the moments when we feel emotion, and may not be able to say why. "
If you've encountered Keith Sharp's work (he's been featured in several Photomedia Center Open Exhibitions in past years), you'll instantly recognize the whimsical spirit and interplay between the indoor space and nature outside. In the Fabrication series, Sharp experiments with printing images of natural scenes, plants, and other items on to cotton and silk that are then sewn, staged, and re-photographed. Some printed fabric is made into soft sculptures. His subtle images always cause the viewer to do a double take.
"Ever since I was a boy, I have always had a love of nature – camping, gardening, plants, walking in parks, and just being outdoors. For many years now, I have been creating photographs of props that I have placed in real scenes – either outdoors in natural settings or by bringing the natural world inside. Sometimes the props have been something prefabricated, while other times it has been props that I have created. We all play a part in fabricating the world around us. There will always be two worlds – the natural and the manmade."
"The series Remnants is simply my discovery of two small beings that were left behind to whither away. Tattered and curled, the moth and the leaf side by side illustrate the end of the cycle of life and the beginning of returning to the earth."
Gelinas shot the series on Polaroid film to illustrate impermanence inherent in the subject matter, echoed by the Polaroid emulsion. Just as the emulsion is changing, aging, bubbling, and discoloring, so too are the moth and leaf with their descent into dust.
We've just completed the reviews for our quarter 2 submissions and notified accepted artists today. Thanks to all who participated in the Q2 call! In the coming weeks, we'll be posting the great photography we've had the privilege of seeing; we can't wait to share. In the meantime, download the application for our Q3 review and get your work into the mix! Deadline June 30, 2013 for quarter 3 reviews.