Call for Entries: Abstraction in Photography, Vermont PhotoPlace

Abstraction in Photography

Haleakala Crater, Maui (c) Stephen Strom

Juror: Stephen Strom

Deadline: August 16, 2010

The camera is a tool for recording minute details of the visual world, in images that sometimes seem so real they could be mistaken for actual experience. But photographs can also build on abstract elements inherent in the medium, such as blur or selective focus, and in the visual world, such as pattern and texture. For “Abstraction in Photography” we seek images that utilize abstract components as their primary mode of expression. Fields of color and exquisite shapes found in nature, linear designs discovered in the built environment, blur created in-camera or with vintage processes—the sky’s the limit. Astonish us with your eye and mind for the abstract.

Stephen Strom will select forty photographs for exhibition on the walls of PhotoPlace Gallery in August and on the gallery website. An additional thirty-five images will be chosen for PhotoPlace’s “On-Line Gallery Annex.” All selected work will be included in a full-color exhibition catalogue available for purchase. To help artists defray costs, PhotoPlace Gallery offers to mat and frame work selected for exhibition free of charge, providing artists print their images to our pre-cut mat and frame sizes.

Juror: Stephen Strom, photographer, astronomer, writer, and educator. Steve’s work has been exhibited widely throughout the United States and is held in several permanent collections. He collaborated with the Muscogee poet, Joy Harjo, on Secrets from the Center of the World. More recent books include: Sonoita Plain: Views from a Southwestern Grassland with Jane and Carl Bock (University of Arizona Press, 2005); Tséyi’ / Deep in the Rock: Reflections on Canyon de Chelly, co-authored with Laura Tohe (University of Arizona Press, 2005); Otero Mesa: Preserving America’s Wildest Grassland (University of New Mexico Press, 2007). His most recent photography book is Earth Forms, published by Dewi Lewis Publishing.