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LOOKING IN by Armineh Hovanesian
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Awarded, Published and Internationally Exhibited photographer: Born in Paris, raised in Tehran and Boston, with a little over 2 years of dormancy in Lisbon, Armineh Hovanesian is an iPhoneographer now based in Los Angeles, capturing moments since 2009.

She has had no professional training however her vision has been the driving force behind her creations. She also shoots with her DSLR camera. For the time being, photography is a hobby.

She says about her work, "My photographs are not generally planned in advance, and I do not anticipate that the onlooker will share my viewpoint. However, I feel that if my photograph leaves an image on the viewer’s mind, something has been accomplished."

Accolades:

Finalist in MIRA Mobile Prize 2016 – Porto, Portugal

The New Era Museum Curator for Hipstamatic photography category – April 2016

Photographer’s Forum – Finalist 36th Annual Spring Photography Contest 2016

Photographer’s Forum – Finalist in Black & White category – Best of Photography 2016

Mobile Photographer of the Year – Lumiere Photography Awards 2016

Jury for The Equinox Experience (The New Era Museum) March 2016
  
Recipient of 7th Edition of The Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers 2015
  
Photographer’s Forum – Finalist 35th Annual Spring Photography Contest 2015

London International Creative Competition 2015, Honorable Mention

Runner‐up and Finalist in the Portrait category for 8th edition of Pollux Awards

Runner‐up and Finalist in the Alternative Processes category for 8th edition of Pollux Awards

Exhibitions:

January 12 – February 7, 2017, PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

“Ceci n’est pas un Selfie” – Mobile Camera Club ‐ February 2, 2017 – Romanian Embassy, Paris, France

February 7, 2017 – NYC Refugees Thank You Party – Arthouse.NYC in conjunction with We Work Soho West, New York, NY

February 10, 11, 12, 2017 – She Loves Collective, Honeypot LA, Los Angeles, CA

March 3, 2017 to April 9, 2017 – Impossible Humans: The International Collection ‐ Dairy Arts Center, Boulder, Colorado

 March 12, 2017 to March 26, 2017 – The New Era Museum’s The Equinox Experience, Santo Stefano al Ponte Church, Florence, Italy

April 1, 2017 to May 13, 2017 – MIRA Mobile Prize, “Earth – our planet” exhibition, Porto, Portugal

April 21, 2017 to April 23, 2017 – Photo Independent Photography Event, Solo Booth Exhibition, Los Angeles, CA

Mobile Camera Club Gallery in Paris, France: 2015 - 2016, Various category group video exhibitions

mDAC2016 Runner-up (electronic screen presentation) - August 13, 2016 - Palo Alto, CA

Light Impressions – August 25 - November 5, 2016 - The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho, Idaho Falls, ID

 4th Berlin Foto Biennial ‐  October 6-30, 2016 - Palazzo Italia, Berlin, Germany

The Grid for Off Grid Art - October 28-30 2016  - Old Truman Brewery, London, UK

December 1 ‐ December 4, 2016 Light Up Miami, Superfine Art Gallery, Miami, Florida 

December 13 – December 15, 2016, 28 on 27, New York, New York

Blogs / Magazines / Publications:

    43mm
    A Pocket Camera
    Art of Mob
    ArticulAction
    Artist Portfolio Magazine
    Elements of Vachag (Blurb book)
    Environment to be blog
    EyeEm
    Fabrik Magazine
    F‐Stop Photography Magazine
    Getty Images
    Grryo
    Hipstography
    Ianyan Magazine
    iDownload Blog
    iPhone Life Magazine
    iPhone Photography School
    iPhoneography Central
    Life in LoFi
    Los Angeles Times
    MIRA Mobile Prize 2016: Ligacoes/Connections 
    Mobiography
    Mortal Muses
    New Era Museum
    P1XELS
    Phoozl
    Photo Wars
    Photographer’s Forum
    Platform 58
    See.Me: Black & White Collection (2015)
    Shootermag Magazine
    Silvershotz ‐ Contemporary Photography Magazine
    Tarnished and True
    The First Berliner Art Book 2017
    TheAppWhisperer.com

www.armineh-photography.com
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SWIM WALK by Armineh Hovanesian
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THE KISS by Armineh Hovanesian
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A CRACK IN THE WORLD 1 Barbara Kyne
HONORABLE MENTION
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Barbara Kyne says of her work, “A Crack in the World” is located on five acres in Mariposa, California in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

I combine my human vision with the optical limitations I place on the camera, creating a “camera-being” with a different plane of focus that acts as a species with its own visual perception.

My intention is to offer a conduit to an expanded natural world through these sensory artifacts to allow the viewer to see in a different way that is not a human-centered perspective of the universe, to engender empathy for the other biological beings on the planet.
 
In creating my images, I imagine peering through and stepping into the depth of the layers, into other dimensions via “a crack in the world.” In this world, the sentience of all living entities and our shared consciousness jumps out at me. Orbs pop, and streaks of light dance through the dimensions of land and sky. Perception shifts as the small becomes outsize and the distant alive.

I liken the blur in the images to sub-atomic particles made visible, representing the possibilities in what is unimagined, often overlooked, underlying, and even undetected by our five human senses.
 
We have ended a five-year drought and approximately 50% of the trees in Mariposa have died in the past few years.

Government scientists inform us that we will ultimately lose 90 percent of our mature trees. I have made impressions of the trees and other plant life throughout the seasons, starting when I first visited this land around the beginning of the drought. Thus the series that began as a fine art project has also become a documentary work.
 
We are on the precipice of a possible sixth extinction of life on earth. I believe that a lack of empathy for the other – people, plants and animals – is in large part the cause of it. With global warming and nuclear war looming, we need to find solutions for saving the planet. Empathy for each other and the natural world, rather than dominance and greed, could be the imperative first step.
 
All images were created in camera and processed only with the usual color and curves adjustments in Photoshop."

Barbara Kyne is an American artist who divides her time between Oakland and Mariposa, California.

As an artist she asks fundamental questions about reality such as, who are we, and how are we related to the cosmos? Underlying themes in her work are intelligence and nature, and a philosophy that collapses the dualism between science and spirituality. She believes photography, particularly abstract photography, facilitates abstract thought.
 
"A Crack in the World" was published by Daylight Books in October, 2016. A solo exhibit accompanied the release at Krowswork, a gallery in Oakland, California.

An image from the series also won Honorable Mention at PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris.

Book reviews were published by "L'Oeil de la Photographie," "Musee Magazine," "LENSCRATCH," "F-Stop Magazine," "KQED ARTS" magazine and an interview was published by Moore College of Art and Design's "Moore Women Artists."

Images from the series will soon be available from Fraction Media and other galleries.
 
Kyne wrote for and created portraits of art world figures as a contributing columnist for Artweek, an art journal specializing in West Coast art and has taught photography and art extensively, including at City College of San Francisco.

She earned her BA in Photography from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA and received an MA in Studio Arts from the Graduate School for the Study of Human Consciousness at John F. Kennedy University in Berkeley, CA.
 
http://www.barbarakyne.com/
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FLEETING by Cary Crocker
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Cary Crocker says of this work,"As a photographer for almost thirty years, a majority of my subjects have appeared in nature and occasionally as unusual landscapes or abstracts.

I live in Maryland, but can more often be found in the field.  I strive to follow the philosophy that nature should be shown in its unaltered state to capture the full extent of its power, and my hope is that my photography will bring the zen of nature to people and the same enjoyment I have had being surrounded by it."

For more info about Crocker go to http://petite-nature.org/
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SPRING by Cary Crocker
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STREAM by Cary Crocker
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ALYSSA A 08-22-16--06AD by Dan McCormack
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Dan McCormack says of this series, 'The Nude at Home', "I use the extreme wide angle distortions of the round oatmeal box pinhole camera and the subtle colorization to create a series of visceral images. Through successive pulling of curves in Photoshop, B&W values are replaced with subtle color.

The “Nude at Home” is a subset of a larger pinhole camera project begun in 1998. In this series, begun about seven years ago, I photograph the model nude in her home, apartment or studio. With the model in her space, all the objects in the image are a part of the life of the model. Then the pose, the furniture and the long, two minute exposures, I attempt to reveal an intimate portrait of the subject."

Dan McCormack studied Photography from 1962-1967 at the Institute of Design, the New Bauhaus, at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago where he studied with Aaron Siskind, Arthur Siegal, Wynn Bullock and Joe Jachna. Next, he earned an MFA in Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1967 to 1970 having studied with Barbara Crane and Ken Josephson. He began photographing the nude with Wendy, his wife while in graduate school. Then for over forty years he explored various techniques and processes while photographing the nude as a central theme.

In 1971,  Dan co-founded the Mombaccus Art Center in Accord which received NYSCA grants for two years. The center offered classes in photography, ceramics, painting, drawing, house building and mime. The Mombaccus Art Center had local and national shows every month. Dan McCormack curated a show of photographer Judith Steinhauser.

From 1973 to 1975 Dan McCormack was a founding member of the Woodstock Artists Co-Operative and he had a solo show with the Co-op.

In 1975 Dan joined the Catskill Center for Photography and served as Vice President of the Board of Directors for ten years. During that term, he had a solo show at CCFP and he participated by hanging every show with another director for the first ten years. During his time with CCFP, Dan curated several shows, one with the work of Aaron Sisikind, and another of photographers who were teaching photography in a college and another of early digital imagery.

In 1982, Dan McCormack  won a NYSCA-CAPS Photography Fellowship with a series of infrared nude images made of Wendy. With that series, he produced a monograph, "BODY LIGHT-Passages in a Relationship" in 1989.   

In 1988, Dan joined Level 3 Gallery, a Co-Operative Photography Gallery in Philadelphia as a founding member. He participated in monthly shows and he had a solo exhibition celebrating the publishing  of his monograph, “BODY LIGHT”.

In 1988, Dan McCormack became the director of the Art Gallery of the Art Department  at the Dobbs Ferry campus of Mercy Collegey. During his year he curated several shows including a solo show of photographer Will Faller and of painter Nancy Ostrovsky.

Dan McCormack has taught photography at Purdue University, Pratt Institute, SUNY New Paltz, Bard College, Mercy College, Ramapo College, Columbia-Green Community College, Somerset Community College, County College of Morris before coming to Marist College twenty-five years ago. He currently heads the Film Photography program at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.           

Dan McCormack began teaching an Advanced Seminar in Photography at the Mombaccus Art Center in 1971. The Seminar next moved to the Catskill Center for Photography for over ten years. In the mid 1980's Dan McCormack teamed up with Eric Lindbloom and they co-taught the Advanced Seminar in Poughkeepsie, next back at the Center for Photography in Woodstock, and then back again in Poughkeepsie at the Barrett Art Center. In 2015 Eric Lindbloon stepped down and Michael Sabilia assumed the co-leader with Dan McCormack.

In 1998 Dan began to work with pinhole camera photography. In 2009, he won the Ultimate Eye Foundation’s grant for Figurative Photography and had his work featured in an exhibition at the Peninsula Museum of Art in Belmont, CA.

In January 2010, Dan McCormack had a solo show at the Photography Center of the Capitol District in Troy, NY. He showed over fifty images from ten diverse series made from 1990 to 2010.  In May 2013, Dan had a solo show at the Barrett Art Center in Poughkeepsie, NY. In this exhibit he showed 28 images from his “Nude at Home” series. Then in January 2016  he had a solo show of the “Nude at Home” series at the Beacon Artists Union in Beacon, NY and in May of 2016, Dan had another show with newer images of the “Nude at Home” series at the Arts Upstairs Gallery in Phoenicia, NY.

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MASSEY T 01-28-17--09AD by Dan McCormack
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VERA J 06-10-16-07AC by Dan McCormack
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UNTITLED 1 by Fabio Delgado
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Fabio Delgado says of his work, "Since the fall of 2015 I've used my camera with
extraordinary fervor. Manically I take hundreds of photographs on any given week. I'm self taught, 1 photo class in high school is my only official training.
 
No post production editing software of any kind is ever used on my photographs.
 
As an artist working in abstraction, I actively challenge the established norms that have been imposed on me as a
photographer. I try to take realism away from photography. I think about the camera the way a modern painter would look at painting.
 
One of my main subjects are portraits so abstracted that you must question the humanity in the photo. The emotion on the
faces is dramatically increased. Faces that are crying or have rage will feel more menacing than a photo of someone smiling. Something simpler like a closeup of an eye or lips can be soft and intimate but still threatening.
 
I also capture color fields by breaking down the subject to its essence. I want to capture pure emotion through color. I want to remove myself from the photographs. The emotion the artwork creates is the only true meaning of the painting.
 
The subject itself determines deeper thoughts behind the art. If I photograph streetlights, the mood becomes energetic with motion and cheerful with color. If I shoot landscapes the mood becomes relaxed, safe, and ethereal.

When shooting flowers the photo becomes
 a love letter. When shooting faces the photos become troubled, stressful and anxious.
 
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UNTITLED 2 by Fabio Delgado
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UNTITLED 3 by Fabio Delgado
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GUARDIAN ANGEL by Harry Longstreet
FIRST PLACE WINNER
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Harrry Longstreet says of his work, "No one just takes up space. The human condition is an entire canvas of thoughts, emotions and reactions to circumstances. In my
photography I try to capture the truth about diverse people and how they live and reflect their respective spaces.
 
My subjects never know they’ve been photographed. I don’t set-up or pose any shot and never employ anything but available light.

Consequently I can tell you nothing concrete about the two people in "Guardian Angel" except my impression is just that... a younger family member caring for and comforting a woman in what appears to be declining health and expectations. His absence in the window reflection is just an oddity of refraction but made for an obvious image title.

I do seem to shoot a great deal on and toward modes of transportation. "Guardian Angel"... the Seattle/Bainbridge Island ferry."

Longstreet retired after twenty-five years as a writer, producer and director of filmed entertainment, primarily for television.

He says, "When I’m not busy with my wife, children and grandchildren, I keep the creative juices flowing with still photography.

I’m always looking for images that speak to the human condition and the world around me. I favor ambient light and unposed, unaware subjects."

Exhibitions-2017

June-September-2017 Juried Art Show-Howard Arts Center- Rocky Mount, NC

June-VMRC Juried Art Exhibition-Park Gables Gallery-Harrisionburg, VA

April-Allegany National Photography Competition & Exhibition-Cumberland, MD

March-July-Masur Museum-54th Annual Juried Exhibition-Monroe, LA

March-Blank Wall Gallery-“Cityscapes”-juried exhibition-Athens, GREECE

March-April-PhotoSpiva National Exhibition-Joplin, MO

February-“Family”-Umbrella Arts-juror Harvey Stein-New York City. NY

January-February-CVG Show 2017-Annual Washington State Juried Competition-Bremerton, WA

January-April-West Coast Biennial Juried Art Exhibition-Redding, CA

January-Galleri Norrsken-Stockholm Diary-“Capture the Moment”-Stockholm, SWEDEN

www.harrylongstreet.com
10% of artist fees will go to Longstreets charity of choice The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. (Orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa.)

https://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/
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HOME IS THE PLACE WHERE WHEN YOU HAVE TO GO THERE THEY HAVE TO TAKE YOU IN- Robert Frost by Harry Longstreet
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JUST TAKE ME HOME by Harry Longstreet
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FEEL by Heidi Golznig
HONORABLE MENTION
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Heidi Golznig has always been a creator, thinker, and deep emotional connector underneath the sheath of socially-acceptable beauty from which she formed a career as a model since childhood. 

A life-altering event in April 2012 drastically changed her perspective. From then on, her biggest and most challenging masterpiece has been the deep endeavour to know and love herself beneath her surface. This yearn for inner-exploration lead her back to college at UW-Madison where she fell in love with theatre arts.

Now on the verge of graduating in May and moving to Los Angeles, Heidi has been acting, writing, designing, traveling the world, and floating.

Through sensory deprivation, she has tuned herself to understand nature, feel other people, and observe her own reactions with detachment. Heidi believes in allowing the vast experiences of the universe to flow through us with joy and acceptance as our sensual, tactile, experiences are the vital reasons for human life. We are here to feel everything.

SENSI.space is an in depth sampling of the contrast between source-minded clarity and ego-blaring distortion of perception she experiences through sensory deprivation therapy. The series features several intimate photos taken post-float inside of the isolation tank. The images are raw, unretouched, pixelated from both the water and light inside the tank, occasionally wry in human form, and sensually beautiful.

From silence, to noise, to feeling blood running through veins and breath filling up lungs, to blaring thoughts, to full, silent, connection, to choking emotions, from recognition of blindness, to the beauty of flow-- all exemplify the clarity of awareness that Heidi has obtained: That we are none of these sensory experiences. We are That No-Thing which observes these experiences//We are The space between sensation//The space between emotion//The space between tactile experience.
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LISTEN by Heidi Golznig
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TASTE by Heidi Golznig
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339 AM by Kathryn Reichert
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Kathryn Reichert says of her work, "My work explores the concept of hypnagogia- the transition period between awake and asleep.

In this state we may appear physically incapacitated, but on the inside our minds exist in a whole other place, dictating seemingly impossible sensations: the feeling of falling, the sight of faces hovering at the foot of the bed, and music, inaudible to the waking world.

We are ghostly and disconnected and yet we are able to see, hear and feel beyond what would be possible in our waking capacity. It is here that novels are written, symphonies are composed and art is created. 

These photos are long-exposure self-portraits and were begun as an attempt to chronicle my relationship with my own varying states of sleep- primarily the hypnagogic- where I find myself enfolded in sensations of color and movement."

Kathryn Reichert was born and raised in New Jersey. Her restlessness and love of adventure kept her traveling along the eastern seaboard whenever possible and she found she enjoyed photographing all of the moments along the way.

She was stationed in Alaska as a soldier in the US Army and has remained since.

Juried Exhibitions
2017- Convergence. Fairbanks Arts Association. Bear Gallery. Fairbanks AK. (Juror: Joel Isaak)
2017- -Scapes. PH21 Gallery. Budapest, Hungary. (Juror: Zsolt Bátori)
2017- Singular/Signature. Center for Fine Art Photography. Fort Collins, CO. (Juror: Alyssa        Coppelman)
2017- What Remains. LA Photo Curator. Online Exhibition. (Juror: Jody Miller)
2017- Elsewhere. A Smith Gallery. Johnson City, TX. (Juror: Fran Forman)
2017- Black and White (and Blue). Darkroom Gallery. Essex Junction, VT. (Juror: Michael          Kirchoff)
2017- Creatures: Real and imagined (II). uBe Art. Berkeley, CA.
2017- Le Paysage. Darkroom Gallery. Essex Junction, VT. (Juror: Sandrine Hermand-Grisel)
2017- Dreams. Darkroom Gallery. Essex Junction, VT. (Juror: Susan Burnstine)

Selected Group Exhibitions
2017- UP/RISE. Arctic Java, UAF. Fairbanks, AK.
2017- Postcards to Alaska: Climate Change. International Gallery of Contemporary Art. Anchorage, AK.
2017- FAA Member’s Show. Fairbanks Arts Association. Bear Gallery. Fairbanks, AK.
2017- Exposed. Frozen Lenses Photography Club. UAF Art Gallery. Fairbanks, AK.
2017- Northern Portraiture. Fairbanks Arts Association. Bear Gallery. Fairbanks, AK.
2016- Student Art Show. UAF Art Gallery. Fairbanks, AK.
2016- Postage Required: A Mail-Art Exhibition. Vermont Photographic Center. Brattleboro, VT.
 
www.kathrynreichert.com
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CURRENTS by Kathryn Reichert
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SLEEPWALKER by Kathryn Reichert
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EXCLAMATIONS EVORA by Susan Ressler
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Susan Ressler says of her work, "All three images were made in Portugal in 2017. As a documentary photographer, I look for telling moments and iconic symbols that express contemporary concerns.

"Kiko" is part of a global series on consumer culture; "Exclamations" is a whimsical image that uses geometry to create connections; "Umbrellas" sets the stage for a compelling mural that looms in the background.

In each case visual cues enhance sensory excess:  the suck on a cigarette, the texture and electric recognition one feels at a UNESCO site wall, and the visceral touch of rain on a wet street drenched in color."

Susan R. Ressler is a photographer, author and educator. She has been making photographs for more than 40 years, and her work is in the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Library Archives of Canada, and many other important collections.

She has been widely exhibited, both nationally and internationally, and she has received two National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) fellowships as well as other notable awards.

Ressler authored several essays for, and edited the book, Women Artists of the American West (McFarland, 2003), a scholarly anthology on under-represented women artists west of the Mississippi River.

She was Head of the Photography Area in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Purdue University, where she taught photographic practice, criticism and history from 1981-2004.

Ressler earned an MA and MFA from the University of New Mexico fine art photography program. She is Professor Emerita, Purdue University, and currently lives in Taos, New Mexico. 

http://www.susanresslerphoto.com
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KIKO LISBON by Susan Ressler
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UMBRELLAS COIMBRA by Susan Ressler
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CURRENCY EXCHANGE UNION STREET, CHICAGO by Ursula Sokolowska
SECOND PLACE WINNER
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Ursula Sokolowska was born in Krakow, Poland. She studied photography at Columbia College (1997-99), completing her BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2001. Although her work is deeply personal, her images are also a reflection of separation of the body from consciousness and objectification.
Her photographs can be found in many public and private collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Tanqueray.
Selected exhibitions include The Travelling Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland, Saatchi Gallery, Zoo Art Fair, the Royal Academy of Arts, London, United Kingdom, Minnesota Center for Photography, and Schneider Gallery, Chicago, IL.
Her work has appeared in CameraArts magazine, Light & Lens: Photography in the Digital Age, LENSCRATCH, Art Photo Index, and featured in People’s Photography China.
Sokolowska says of her work, "Through history, theory and practice, I use Chicago as my “studio,” and the public spaces within the city as a “canvas” as I analyze the impact of our built environment and how architecture and urban design stifles and inspires innovation."

www.ursula-sokolowska.com
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FORD STREET, CHICAGO by Ursula Sokolowska
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MOVING AND STORAGE, CHICAGO by Ursula Sokolowska
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AMIDST THE TIDE by Will Nourse
HONORABLE MENTION
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Will Nourse says of his work, "The opportunity to spend time in wild places is increasingly precious in our modern society. Seeing fog form in Yosemite Valley, witnessing the power of a storm at the beach, meditating on a sunset in the Rocky Mountains or feeling insignificant beneath the brilliance of the Milky Way on a clear night are activities that fewer and fewer people in the world take the time to, and are able to, experience.

While there are an ever-increasing number of photographers, there are far fewer landscape artists who express themselves through photography. As Galen Rowell wrote 'Well-executed photos of familiar scenes predictably fill up months of Sierra Club and Audubon calendar and put bread on the table of the chosen photographer, but the question a dedicated nature photographer should be asking is, “Do I want to be a content provider or a visual artist?”

Traveling to the wild and returning with images that capture the essence of a place and the emotion that it evokes is what I do as a visual artist.  This may be a grand landscape in the mountains, a storm-wracked shore or a peaceful sunset over a lake, but in each image distilling that essence and communicating it to the viewer is my objective. 

I am often drawn as well to strong, graphic elements in natural images, capturing line, color or texture in natural scenes – this may be in the fractal nature of mountain shapes, newly formed ice on a puddle or contrasting light and shadow on a hillside.

My recent trips to Iceland (July 2016 and March 2017) were an amazing opportunity.  The variety of landscape and weather seem to provide an almost inexhaustible supply of images as well as some interesting technical challenges. 

While there are many iconic viewpoints such as Kirkjufell,  Jokulsarlon or the Vestrahorn, I was able to do some variations on the theme and avoid cookie-cutter images.  I was also able to produce a lot of images that don’t rely on standard locations and capture the unique nature of the Icelandic landscape and climate."

Will Nourse is a landscape photographer known for his use of color and texture to bring his outdoor experiences to life.

He has been an avid photographer for almost twenty years, and his work reflects a lifetime of hiking, backpacking, climbing, skiing and sailing, all of which have given him a deep appreciation for the wonders of the natural world. 

He exhibits in juried shows at the Cambridge Art Association, the Newburyport Art Association and various online galleries.  Recently, his image ‘Seljalandsfoss #2’ was selected as Best in Show for Photography in the NAA’s 20th Annual Regional Juried Show (2017) and his photo ‘Vestrahorn #1’ won the Newburyport Development Award for Work in Photography in the NAA’s 2016 Fall Member’s Juried Show Part II.

He currently resides in Amesbury, MA with his wife, daughter, two Wheaten Terriers and two cats.

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L.A. Photo Curator: International Photography Awards - 'Where Photography & Philanthropy Meet' Group Exhibition (Click on image for larger view)
BLUE HOUR AND BLACK SAND by Will Nourse
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L.A. Photo Curator: International Photography Awards - 'Where Photography & Philanthropy Meet' Group Exhibition (Click on image for larger view)
COASTAL SNOW SQUALL by Will Nourse
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