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To happen upon something forgotten, forsaken, hidden. To weave it a visual tale within a single frame. Finding what was once lost.
Just as Vivian Maier’s story, the secretive nanny-photographer who becomes a photography world sensation shortly after her death, spurs levels of excitement found in the rolls of undeveloped film and unacclaimed genius, a dropped scarf on the city street can alter the scene in many ways. It can become the scene.
Juror Davy Rothbart’s musings on this theme, “discarded items found in the weeds; abandoned buildings; broken-down trucks in a field; scraps of metal left to rust and decay. I’m reminded of a koan that my mom, a Buddhist teacher, often shares. She’ll hand someone a fresh scrap of paper, ask them to crumple it into a tight ball, and then uncrumple it. “Do you see,” she’ll ask, “within the crumpled paper, its original perfection?” All of the decayed, lost, abandoned places and things in these photographs possess their original glory and perfection and their wizened present hints at a rich, textured journey which is up to us to imagine.”
Darkroom Gallery is calling for photographs that redefine found objects or subjects of the past. Whether you are foraging in a far away land or in your own backyard we are looking for images that embody this murky realm of faded glory; haunting happenstance, and beauty found in the lost details of the human condition.
Contest Prize & TERMS
Honorable Mentions receive free exhibition catalogs and free entry in a future exhibition.
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COPYRIGHT: Photographers retain all rights to their work. USAGE RIGHTS: submissions accepted for exhibition: artists grant Darkroom Gallery the right to use their images to promote the exhibition and for display on Darkroom Gallery website and for inclusion in an exhibit catalog. - SeeS
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