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.


Members' Annual- Winter 2019

David DeMelim, juror

“Jurying an exhibition is both a challenging and rewarding experience and I would like to thank the guild for the opportunity and the board for inviting me to be the awards juror for your members show.  The quality of the work is exceptional across the board and there are easily 20 award winners in the exhibition.  At the end of the day the awards represent one person’s opinion, an opinion informed by years of study and experience, but just one opinion on one day.  The awards are reflection of the pieces that jumped out at me on the day I juried the show. The awards are colored by my experience and recent events in my life. This is not an apology for any perceived bias… at the end of the day the awards honor what I hoped you all wanted to accomplish with your photography… to make an emotional connection to the viewer.”         
— David DeMelim

First Place:  Together by J R Lynch (picture at top of the page)
In spite of its relatively small size this image has the ability to capture and hold your attention from across the room. It draws you closer, even though you already understand what you are looking at. Unconventional in its composition, the cropping includes just enough to tell the story or trigger a memory with nothing extra and nothing to detract from the illusion created.  A nice reference to a golden age that never really existed.

Second Place:   A Murmuration of Youth by Jody Brown (second picture from the top)
An curious quiet pervades this image, a certain sense of loneliness comes through in spite of the energy and camaraderie also present.  The play of light and shadow combined with the soft colors join to give importance to the moment captured that may otherwise gone unnoticed. The photograph leaves the viewer with as many questions as information.

Third Place:  Trees by Carole Kenny (third picture from the top)
Reminds me of my early training and work as a print maker. Nice use of color and technology to form an image, more memory and charged with energy and emotion. Stronger for its abstraction, use of color and careful composition to create an arresting image.

    Honorable Mention:  Rianna S Heading Home by Cindy Horovitz Wilson
    At a time when I find myself saying good byes to ever more important people in my life, I kept coming back to this image. Well composed, the wake of the small fishing vessel leading your eye in as the ship steams home into the sunset… or sunrise, your choice…


    Honorable Mention:  Shannon by Eric Hovermale (bottom picture)
    Another image I kept coming back to again and again. Nicely composed and beautifully lit. Captivated by her strength and grace, I am intrigued by the mysteries… wondering who she is and more by who she will become and what she will accomplish.









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