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Mind-bending magical photography can be conjured through a multitude of processes.
Photography utilizing optical illusion is something that will always leave a viewer perplexed: questioning ones eyes. We all know the classic young girl turning into an old lady portrait, or sets of geometric figures that turn out to be of a different size than it appeared. Optical illusions are images that differ from the objective reality. Darkroom gallery is calling for images that are perplexing, that deal with foreshortening, vanishing points, sandwiching negatives or the unique mash up of subjects. These can be attained by a variance of processes; from physically meticulous studio setups, to spontaneously captured works of luck, and ones hugely composed in post.
This exhibit also calls out to the masters of “Light Photography Movement”. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the process, Light Painting Photography can be broken down into 3 general categories.
The first is Light Drawing. This is where the light source can be seen by the camera. During a long exposure the artist uses this light source to draw or create a design within the frame.
The second category is Kinetic Light Painting. In this light painting technique the lights in the scene generally remain stationary while the camera itself is moved about during a long exposure to create color and design within the frame.
The third category is Light Painting. This is where the artist uses handheld light sources to selectively illuminate parts of a scene during a long exposure photograph. Juror Lance Keimig reminds us, “The word photography translates literally from the Greek as light writing.”
We are looking for works that defy our sense of vision and test our reigns of reality whether that be a post composite work, a physical manipulation or something in between. Keep the viewer wondering: however did they do that?
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.
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