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May 18, 2021 - July 28, 2021


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Juror’s Statement

Photographers often think of themselves as creators, but I think of them more as editors. After all, they start out with every object on the planet available to their lenses. Their first job is to select a subject from the world’s visual cacophony that genuinely draws them in. Next, they must make decisions about where to position the camera, how much of the scene to include and, just as important, what elements to exclude – all in service to the initial interest that drew them to the subject.
After that, the photographer must choose how to use the mechanics of the camera to handle time’s passage, the lens’ focus, and then combine them to interpret the light that’s in the scene to convey the meaning that they want to communicate. Lastly, post-production of the image, whether in a computer or a darkroom, works to bring the original idea to completion as an image that engages the viewer in the image’s story. All photographers, even those who choose to construct something for the camera eventually have to decide all of the same things.

It was with all of these things in mind that I selected the images in this exhibition. Judging an exhibition is equal measures of delight and difficulty, especially when, as in this case, most all of the submitted images were quite good. In the end, what stood out in the photographs that I selected was that all of the elements of making a great and memorable image — both the art of seeing and the craft of making — came together at once.

The photograph I chose for the Director’s Award compresses an interesting subject, fantastic texture and luscious tone into one carefully seen and tightly composed frame, where we see everything we need to see and nothing that we don’t. That tight framing is contrasted in my Juror’s Award image, where an expansive frame, a subtle complementary color relationship, carefully controlled focus, and a sad, but perfectly-placed toy come together to create a melancholy end-of-summer poem.

Thank you to all the photographers who submitted work to this open call. It was my great pleasure to spend some time with the way you all see and edit the world.

       —Jeff Curto

Featured artists include contest winner Geoffrey Ansel Agrons: InLiquid member and photographer!

Composed, an online exhibition by PhotoPlace Gallery, will be available for viewing from May 28th to June 18th.

For more information, check out the PhotoPlace Gallery website!

Featured artists include contest winner Geoffrey Ansel Agrons, InLiquid member and photographer!


PhotoPlace Gallery
3 Park Street
Middlebury, VT United States
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