Melissa Vincent

Steeped in symbolism, borne from the Mississippi delta, Melissa Vincent's photography is rooted in the past, but looks to the here and now by skillfully using mobile devices to capture them. Combining everyday surroundings and scenes of nature, Vincent's work gives a surreal sense of Southern place. Her series The Rooms of William Faulkner connects the literary work of one of the South's most important writers to her photographic vision by depicting landscapes of Oxford, Mississippi, and interiors from Faulkner's former home, Rowan Oak. The images remind the viewer of the feeling of reading a well-worn copy of a Faulkner novel and the mystery that awaits.


Q2 deadline approaching in two weeks!

Just a friendly reminder...Don't wait until it's too late! Our Contemporary Imagemakers Quarter 2 deadline is fast approaching within the next two weeks on March 31. Download the guidelines for submissions and get your work in front of us for review today! A $250 micro-grant awarded at the end of the year to one artist and print publication inclusion are among the benefits to promoting your new work with us. Submitting your work also gives you a one year membership to Photomedia Center, eligible for a host of other benefits.

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Tom Chambers

  Renaissance artists affirmed the transformational nature of light in their classical paintings. Italian masters such as Taddeo Gaddi and Giotto di Bondone of the Renaissance period painted breathtaking frescoes in which light created dramatic effects, which serve as the inspiration for Tom Chamber's luminescent images.

Following recent travels in Italy, I was awed by the metaphysical nature of Tuscan and Ventian light. The unique light accentuated the brilliance of the Renaissance artistic and architectural masterpieces. I came away with the understanding that light exposes possibilities and opens the mind to seeing things differently.
— Tom Chambers

Illumination, a series of photomontages, illustrates stories about personal beliefs and seeing things in a different light.

Pennants Over Pienza, 2010

Annunciation, 2010

Pieta, 2010

Autumn Moorage, 2010

Vissi D’amore, 2012

More of Tom's work can be seen at .

Adrienne Defendi

Looking at Adrienne Defendi's images is like taking a master class in composition. The more you view them, the more secrets they reveal with time and persistence. Several of Defendi's prints are included in Photomedia Center's permanent collection holdings, including My Universe from our first Holga Show. Adrienne has exhibited work in four of the eight yearly Open Exhibitions at Photomedia Center, more than any other artist.

In today's post, we feature three of Defendi's recent black and white single works. You can see more of her work, in series form, including the evolving Pentimento and nostalgic color works in A Place Called America, at



Palm Touch Toe

Palm Touch Toe

My Mother's Perfumes

My Mother's Perfumes

Submission Guidelines and Deadline for Q2: March 31

Our Contemporary Imagemakers program is in full swing this year. Download the guidelines for submissions and get your work in front of us for review today! A $250 micro-grant awarded at the end of the year to one artist and print publication inclusion are among the benefits to promoting your new work with us. The quarter two deadline for consideration ends March 31. Questions? Email

Sarah Nesbitt: Making Sense of What We Have

By combining the traditionally separate disciplines of installation, sculpture, photography, and printmedia, Sarah Nesbitt creates works that are constructed through sewing, dissecting, writing, and pinning combined with images. Using photography to anchor these sculptural objects with stories of their own, these pieces are tools of organizing, identification, and creation of histories.

I find that written and visual information has incredible power on our actions, thoughts and relationships. Information is formed effortlessly, through interpretation. When it’s created and executed, it is no longer in the sole possession of the creator, leaving it vulnerable and open to re-interpretation. Many times many people share similar thoughts, creating different ways of transferring those ideas. How that information survives, depends on the one who carries it forward.
— Sarah Nesbitt
(Re)construction of Another's Memory

(Re)construction of Another's Memory

Losing the Collection

Losing the Collection

Making Sense of What We Have

Making Sense of What We Have

See more of Sarah's work at

Kristin L. Ware

Throughout Photomedia Center's history, it's no secret that we're enamored with the Holga and other plastic, toy cameras like it, for the magical qualities it injects into photography. Kristin L. Ware uses its crude mechanics and traditional square format with vignetted corners from light leaks to draw the viewer's eye inward to the image.

I am able to capture creative angles and unique patches of light in the dark…allowing me the opportunity to focus on the elements of nature often overlooked by everyone else.
— Kristin L. Ware

See more of Kristin's work at

Ellen Jantzen: Transplanting Reality, Transforming Nature

Ellen Jantzen has been an artist involved with Photomedia Center since our earliest days, participating in several Open Exhibitions over the years. So it's perfectly serendipitous that she is the first artist inducted to our new Contemporary Imagemakers program. We're excited to share a few pieces from her new body of work: Transplanting Reality, Transforming Nature.

The natural world has often been a fixture of Jantzen's images, and trees have largely been an essential component, as essential as they are to our life by replacing the oxygen we need to breathe.

Forests and trees have also played a prominent role in many folktales and legends and have been given deep and sacred meanings. They are seen as powerful symbols of growth, decay and resurrection. But, with the depletion of forests and the resulting impact on humankind, how we respond will determine our future.
— Ellen Jantzen

In this series, Jantzen explores environmental issues and concern by transplanting replica trees into the natural world. These ghostly artificial apparitions are spirits beckoning us to notice the transformation of nature happening before us.


View more of Ellen's work at

Call for Submissions - Guidelines

The Contemporary Imagemakers submissions process was born out of us asking questions like: What is the relevance of juried shows in the age of social media? How could artists benefit more from group show exposure? Since our mission is to support working artists and connect them to the public, we wanted to make sure the photographers who engage with us in this way were getting the maximum out of the experience. We want to know what could help you advance your work and career as an artist. Is it funding, networking, a specific type of promotion, press coverage in a certain outlet, a job opportunity, portfolio review feedback, or something else? We ask this question on the application, and we're eager to hear your feedback. Click on the link above to download the guidelines and get your work in the running for our $250 micro-grant. The first quarter's deadline is November 30, 2012.