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12th Annual Photographic Processes Juried Online International Art Exhibition

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The “12th Annual Annual Photogaphic Processes Juried Online International Art Exhibition” features artists working in various methods to create their photographic works, including tintype, digital, darkroom and infrared techniques. Following are some comments about those works that seem significant.

SCOTT BAKER of San Diego, California has a variety of imagery in his vocabulary presented here. “Bubble” is intriguing especially in the sense of the regularity of the bubbles pattern throughout. The counter play in “Chasing the Sun” makes an impact and especially successful is the low key values during that time of day. The first part of his “The Grand Canyon Series” (A) helps the viewer to appreciate the wonder of this land formation in this aerial depiction. The high value contrast in “Tomorrows Promise” makes it work with the concept.

PAM BREKAS of Gardnerville, Nevada captures a grouping of dewdrops in her piece “Dewdrops and Cobwebs” which shows the delicacies of nature. “Touch the Lightning” is compelling in terms of the unusual way it was created.

REBECCA BUONOPANE of Nashua, New Hampshire shows a touch of mystery in the dark and light of “Allie Dreaming” in which the figure faces right with the wind blowing the curtain to the left. In a more nuanced use of coloration, “Brian’s Bed” gives a sense of time and place. In terms of a play with perception, the illusion created with a mirror makes for an interesting up and down movement in “Staring Down, Looking Up”.

STEPHEN P. EDWARDS of Oakland, California has several handsome photographs. One of them is “A New York Minute” with the beautiful woman dressed in contrasting red with the backdrop of the twin towers. And what a mood is set with his piece “California Sunset” which captures the awesomeness of a particular time of day.

KATARINA FAGERSTROM LEVRING of Kungsbacka, Halland, Sweden creates with the fascination of the iris flower, yet treated with a special insight and manipulation. One of those is “Iris Light Movement 3”.

CYNTHIA FLEURY of Eden Prairie, Minnesota is a magnificent photographer in that all of her works are crisp, capturing wonderful details. “Boats in Marina” captures the warmth of the setting of boats on water with the trees repeating the vertical parts of the boats. Her “Boats in Winter Light” shows the crispness of the winter weather. “Grand Marais Lighthouse 4”, “Old Fishing Boats Lake Superior” and “Rustic Beauty” round out the exquisite presentations selected for this showcase.

PAUL GRUBERG of New York, New York finds several surface characteristics around New York as seen in “Cross Walk Rain 3a1 (May 18, 2010)”. And quite strong is his discovery “Survey Marks 7a1 (June 2, 2010)” with the dramatic elements of shape, value, color, and texture combined with linear features.

DENIS HAGEN of Wheaton, Illinois is quite successful with photography. In this exhibit he finds an interesting work in “Not Quite Haiku” with the strong linear development with a small bird looking on.

HUGH JONES of Arlington, Virginia has a good eye for photography. “Central Park, NY” shows an interesting composition of foliage reflecting in the water. And in a more abstract manner he creates “Dorothy in Oz” with a high value contrast. Perhaps most appealing is his work “Mobius Score for Violin Duet” using a very creative approach to obtain the effects. And on a more realistic direction he captures a portrait entitled “People of Hoi An, Vietnam”.

LINDA LaROSE of Levittown, Pennsylvania shows a close-up of a tilted woman’s head in “Breakthrough” as if there suddenly there is a cognition or insight in the thought process. And from a distance she captures detail in her digital photograph “Philadelphia City Hall”. Perhaps “The Wishing Hole” is special in its abstraction and small beams of light in the foreground.

RONALD F. LUINO of Playa Del Ray, California has a unique expression of the beach scene in “Beach Clouds” in which the diagonal movement of the brightly colored waves upon the beach counter the direction of the clouds to the left. And with the use of digital knowledge he creates "Winter Sun" as another view of the water showing the contrasting warm and cool to make an impact.

CHRISTINA PAPPAS of Orono, Maine has a wonderful panoramic view in her photograph “Mount Katahdin” with the centered triangular formation of the rocky terrain.

VALERIE D. QUICK of Fayetteville, North Carolina masters close-up views. In particular is her digital photograph called “Silhouette” which shows the high value contrast with the subtle veins of the winged creature.

ANIL CS RAO of Bethesda, Maryland devotes a good deal of the picture plane to the landscape with a small automobile in the bottom right in “Elueu Landscape”. And with central figures, using mixed media he creates an attractive work called “Tirupati No. 1”.

THOMAS TEAMOH (Li Fei Long) of Chongqing City, PR China has continued with a sense of abstraction combining digital enhancement with sand board color inks. One of the most interesting is “(#24) China Abstract Desert Landscapes”.

MELANIE VASA of Boonton, New Jersey uses text and pigment with silver gelatin prints. “Follow” uses a passageway with transparent blue washes painted over the photograph. And using bold red and a kind of gold wash she creates “Orders Comply” making it quite effective for the message.

MARYDORSEY WANLESS of Topeka, Kansas uses the image of the face, arms and hands in most creative ways. All of her tintype photographs are quite arresting. “Epiphany 1”, “Epiphany 2”, “Epiphany 3”, “Epiphany 4” and “Epiphany 5” are all a sight to behold, indeed! These are awesome!

DEAN WARD of Wellington, Nevada gives the show several views of various subjects. The natural and manmade elements in his piece “Ice on Fence” are very successful to see in combination.

CARL WINDERL of San Diego, California, currently teaching in London, has some remarkable black and white works. “Behold the Lamb: the long-expected Messiah” shows the cross backlit with the bright heavenly body of the sun or moon. In a “T” formation he presents the image of a lamb on the cross in “Behold the Lamb: Thou long-expected Messiah” reinforcing the biblical historical event.

All of the works were specially selected and each work has an artfulness worthy of this year's showcase. Thanks to all the artists!


Laurence Bradshaw
Curator, Professor of Art