New Beginnings

December 20th- January 11, 2019- R.I. Center for Photographic Studies

Lindsay Elgin, juror

In looking at the submitted photographs for this exhibit, I was delighted to see the wide range of imagery that folks are pursuing. These photographers are experimenting with different subjects as well as different approached to their subjects and to image making in general, an artistic curiosity that is always a true delight to see. I would like to congratulate all the photographers who submitted work on taking the important steps of making work and putting it out into the world.

1st Place- Spiral Eye- Marc Jaffe

Spiral Eye drew me in with its simplicity and its near-perfection. The toned-down color palette - black,yellow, and slight greenish-blue - allows the viewer to enjoy the back and-forth between darkness and light. It’s this push and pull between the tones that draw the viewer in - as much as the steadfast, dominant eye - and provide a sense of movement as one tries to ascertain depth and position. The fact that the image is not perfectly symmetrical is essential to the image’s success - it avoids the stagnant compositions one might find and becomes kinetic in its arrangement of space.

2nd place- Come sit a spell- Kathleen Caswell

Come Sit a Spell is a carefully controlled meditation on tonality and line. The quietude of the image and its immediate simplicity belie the levels of craftsmanship at work in this image. Black and white images have to rely solely on their tonality and composition to provide all the visual interest and the visual richness for the image. Come Sit a Spell has both, and in spades: every tone in this image has a role to play, and we have such lovely separation of the tones from the brightest (but not too bright) highlight to the darkest (but not too dark shadow). The contrasts between tones nicely echo the interplay of the geometrical lines on the walls and the floor, as well as the bright squares from the light thrown in through the window.

3rd place- Qunsett Point RR- Ben Buglio

It’s the slightly off-kilter composition in Qunsett Point RR that drew me to the image immediately. There’s a wonderful rhythm to this image,: it begins with the series of small black holes recurring at regular patterns, and then is undercut by the tension created in the seemingly irregular pattern of the screws. This allows an image of a relatively flat object to have a sense of animation, of depth. Finally, the half-moon smear of yellow and the streak of pink offset what would otherwise be an almost fully monochromatic image, animating the left-hand side of the image and resolving the other compositional tension.

Honorable mention- Rocks and Clouds- Beth O'Connor

Rocks and Clouds is a fascinating take on traditional, black and white landscape photography. The use of the vertical frame immediately upends the viewer slightly, and forces a more deliberate viewing of the scene. The organic lines that curve and snake through the image along the rock walls, the horizon, and the cloud edges create a visual cadence that is slightly unexpected, slightly unnerving. This mild yet effective tension works beautifully with the high-contrast textures to knit the seemingly disparate elements of this image together in a strong, well-crafted composition.

Resting- David Pinkham

I found Resting to be a curious title for this image; it certainly points to the boat in a state of rest (if not slumber), as well as the sense of stillness in the outside world. However, the cool-toned, muted quietude of the outside is in direct contrast to the warm, almost radiant bustle we can view through the window. It’s a lovely contrast between the two; in terms of both the complementary colors that vibrate off each other to the long, sweeping horizontals that wrap around the small, segmented vignettes of the window.

The Fashion Ladies- Paul Murray

The Fashion Ladies is an image that I kept returning to - it’s a fascinating image, and quite the visual and intellectual exercise to parse the many details scattered around our two subjects. Disjointed space and a sense of visual confusion create a frenetic backdrop for the relative calm, almost stoic facial expressions of the two women. It’s a nice tension in this environmental portrait.

NYC- Carol Chabot


Fire and Fury- Don Palen

Barn- Peter Cinner

Morning Plans- Barbara Crane

Red Chair- Michael Dwares

Night Lights- Don Heymann

Sandnapses- Leslie Hollis

The Rules- Kerry Hood

Nepenthe- Eric Hovermale

Repose- Bonnie Jaffe

Clouds from Heaven- Frank Leith

Invasion of the Dragonfly- George Lowell

Ghosted- Paul Mello

Radial Abstract- Paul Murray

Solo Surfer- Susan Ohama

Nocturn- Howard Rotblat-Walker

Hats $10- Howard Schlesinger

Manhattan Bridge- Helene Scola

Stop- Proceed with Caution- Jane Viti

Hand Rail- Cindy H. Wilson

Vortex- Cindy H. Wilson

Unsure Footing- Susan Ohama

Emu Fantasy- Beth O'Connor

Sunrise in Slovenia- Frank Leith

That Look- Bonnie Jaffe

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The Phoenix- Eric Hovermale

Zagros- Don Heymann

Vineyard Boat- Peter Cinner

Skeleton- Carol Chabot

Walk with Me to the Very End- Kathleen Caswell

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Dutra Farm- Ben Buglio








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