Found Objects

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Found Objects

June 23 - July 22

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Juror’s Statement
For “Found Objects” we sought images that reflected artistic intent in presenting objects—sometimes extraordinarily ordinary—that caught the photographer’s attention. I was highly impressed by the high caliber and variety of the submissions.

Each artist defined, in their own way, the strength and appeal of photography as an independent art form. They explored composition and shapes as a fundamental aspect of the photographic aesthetic, be it purely artistic or in support of a narrative. Visual languages and techniques were diverse, each demonstrating a unique interpretation of the theme “Found Objects.”

One of art’s great powers is its subjectivity. I simply chose work that resonated with me, as well as images whose artistry and ingenuity could not be overlooked.

The Juror’s Award image, with its mastery of the Chiaroscuro effect, intrigued me and invited my immersion into the image, to contemplate its color palette and beautiful composition. The old basin in the shadows gives a sense of timelessness, and the simplicity of the room reminded me of Vilhelm Hammershoi‘s interior paintings.

For the Director’s Award, I chose a beautifully executed image of a very-lost-but-now-found teddy bear. What sad child lost it, and how did it meet such a fate?

I hope all these beautiful images will invite you to look more carefully at the world that surrounds us, to pay attention to the weird and simple objects that invade our visual field and which we tend to overlook. I also hope that the diversity of the featured images will spark your creativity and convince you that any subject can be an infinite source of inspiration.

Thank you to all the artists who submitted their work, and to PhotoPlace Gallery for allowing me to jury this exhibition.

—Sandrine Hermand-Grisel

Venue

PhotoPlace Gallery
3 Park Street
Middlebury, VT United States
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