Upstream People Gallery

8th Annual Photographic Process Juried Online International Art Exhibition

Juror's Statement | Return to Exhibition

This year’s “8th Annual Photographic Processes Juried Online International Art Exhibition” contains several images created in various processes including darkroom works, digital works, transfer types and mixed processes. Following are some of the works that are recognized as having interesting techniques, thoughtful statements and just good photography.

Stuart Bay continues to explore the possibilities of digital manipulation. What seems to be inherent in these current works is the richness of color and textural qualities. “Iris Glass” is one of these that emits a lively color tonality with a spark of light reflecting from the interior.

Bruce Temuchin Brown uses the medium of silver halide on a copper plate to present some highly effective imagery. His work “Untitled” (11) shows the technique well with the subject that shares this same textural treatment.

Dan Cecil uses images oftentimes associated with his state of Texas. In “Last Roundup” he shows a display of the skulls of longhorns that have been “rounded up”. The message of time is well taken.

Robyn Draiss also presents a work about the time of day in “Dusk”. Here the use of the soft blurring associated with the flower imagery helps to emphasize the gradual appearance as the light of the day begins.

Amy Giese constructs an interesting setting in her piece “Ipseity Series No. 8”. The higher tonal contrast and varied placements with different actions makes this one in the series quite dramatic and interesting.

Paul Gruberg sows some very striking digital images with strong color and tonal contrasts.
“John Street 1a1” and “Mad Ave 1a1” both wonderfully capture the vibrancy and fast pace of New York City. These works are outstanding examples of visual energy, especially the layering in the Mad Ave work!

Gretchen Hecht gives a more calming environment in her work “A Walk in the Woods”. The lone person dressed with a black coat complements the black snow-dusted trees, the red helps to enhance the action of the walking and the many foot prints show a sense of time.

Joshua John photographs some very interesting locations and of particular note is his piece "Sky Umbrella". Here he presents the idea of an umbrella constructed of contrasting geometric and the organic lines of a tree top that is similar to an umbrella's structure yet is open to the sky.

Peter Mak again gives more thought-provoking works in this show as in other shows. His work “Hollywood No More” shows the text and imagery of Plaza Hollywood together with a large “X” over what looks like trash and a lot of plastic. What a message!

Richard S. Morse uses photography to capture people in various situations. “Just Another Day” and “Lazy Afternoon, Cadiz, Spain” are fine examples of two senior folks during different times of the day.

Alana Perlin works well with photography combined with digital manipulation and paint. This mixed media work is quite strong in her piece “Spiral Flower”. The intensity of the graphic form is nicely enhanced by the subtle coloration.

Nicholas Reinhardt gives an wide view of the sky with subtle blues and pinks in “Barnegat Light Watertower”. The small portion of the landscape with the water tower standing out at the bottom of the photograph is a great composition.

Roslyn Rose provides some very interesting photographic montages. “Hiding Identity” with it’s important message uses the grid construction as her work “The Main Street”, “The Neighborhood” and “A Street To Remember”. All of these are great composites of the varied aspects of the city life.

Elise Stanley has a keen sense of ideation and composition. In her piece “In Gear” the organic and geometric and the rough and smooth and cool and warm all come together in a high imaginative photo print.

Jeanne Sturdevant‘s digital drawings “Dreams” and “Waiting” are particularly nice with the use of color. Both use a complementary scheme. Her rich sense of the organic is wonderful especially when created by the mechanical aspects of the computer.

Carrie Will captures very nice photographs of tender moments of life and other qualities of the human condition. In her piece “Dad in Sunroom” she shows a cherished depiction of her dad with neutral coloration. The accent of the red undershirt with the subtle green plant works well.

Phillip A. Windell (aka paw fotograf) finds some very interesting subjects. One of the most interesting is his “Southside Mechanic” in his colorful red and green outfit amidst the earth tones of the city environment.

Congratulations to all the artists selected for this year’s show!



Larry Bradshaw
Curator, Professor of Art