The Photographers Eye: The Art of Photography

May 8 to June 29, 2019 at the Newport Public Library

Juror Eileen McCarney Muldoon shared these comments about the images she selected for the exhibit.

"Prior to viewing any of the photographs to be exhibited in this show, I made a clear list of objectives for jurying the show.   The first objective was that the photograph should be in accordance with the title of the show.  The title is very inclusive and doesn’t limit the photographer to any particular theme, but it does imply that the photographer must see their subject in a unique way and share their view in an artful manner.

The next two objectives are very simple. The work should be technically good and have a clear intent .  The last objective is personal. I try very hard not to have any biases when jurying art.  While I never judge a photograph by its content, subject matter or genre, I do have certain standards or maybe ideals that I look for.  I want the piece of art (photograph) to either touch my mind or heart.  In other words, I want to think or feel when I view a piece of art.   I realize what might make me think or feel is different than what might make another think or feel.  So if your photograph was not chosen for this particular show, look at it again and see if it measures up to your standards and if so, enter it in the next show.  It’s not uncommon to have photographs that don’t make it into one show win the grand prize in the next show.

There is no one final definition of a good photograph!  The selection here is only one jurors opinion."

Her comments about the exhibition were- "  First of all I want to congratulate all of the artists in the Photographer’s Eye Show.  I was truly overwhelmed at the talent of our members.  Because of the cumulative skill, I had a very difficult time determining awards for this exhibit. It reminded me of being a child at Baskin Robins.  There were too many good choices, but I was only allowed one cone!

The Honorable Mentions were selected by their skillful execution of the genre in which they choose to photograph.  How do you compare a bird in flight to a church steeple?  I don’t think you can, but you can honor or pay tribute to the merits of one’s work. "

1st Place – “Enormity” by Paul Murray.  What can I say?  This photograph has and will rightfully continue to receive many awards.   The simplicity, the color, the light, the composition is all breathtaking.  Yes, Paul was at a magnificent place in the world, but he did a phenomenal job of capturing this treasure with sheer artistry.

2nd Place – “ A Mid Summer Eve” by Serena Charlebois is rich and dreamlike.  The little girl is angelic and would have made a very pleasing portrait by herself, but the setting, the lighting and textured filter invites the viewer to step into her world.  It is a fine example of using technique discreetly and successfully to create a strong image.

3rd Place – “Joie de Vivre” by Bill Peresta brought an immediate smile to my face.  There is so much joy and energy in this photo and it was captured at the perfect moment.  The choice of making this image a black and white photograph is what makes this a very successful photo.  There is no color to distract the viewer from the emotion imparted.

Frank Leith’s “Flight” is an excellent capture.  Everything is technically perfect.  The shutter speed, shallow depth of field, color and perspective all blend to make a lovely nature photograph.

Jack Renner’s “Chevy” tells a wonderful story in its simplicity.  The red naturally draws you in, but then on closer inspection it says so much.  It could tell a different story to many viewers.  One might see the pristine condition of a collector’s possession or it could bring you back to a certain time in history.  No matter how you interpret the photograph, it makes an impactful statement.

Bill Shea’s “Trinity Church” is simple lovely to look at.  It has strong graphic lines and the lighting is spot on.  Other than the visual impact, I was struck with how well Bill was able to capture so many shades of grey in what initially appears as a two-tone image.

Peter Cinner’s “My Blue Dog” has a perfect triangular composition and draws the viewer in to the little girl’s gaze.  I was mesmerized with the emotional impact this photograph communicates.