Newport Photo Guild Winter Members' Exhibit

Lindsay Elgin, Juror

It has been, as always, a true pleasure to return to the Photo Guild. I was so pleased (but certainly not surprised) to find so many images that reflect careful attention to craft and a fascination with the medium. Awarding prizes in these exhibits always requires repeated, meticulous review of the images – the images are so strong that differences in prizes are often down to the minutiae. I'm so grateful for and delighted by the opportunity to participate in exhibits with so many dedicated photographers (not to mention so many dedicated Guild staff members!).


First Place

A New Day
Marc Jaffe

Divorcing the landscape setting from its eponymous composition is a calculated risk, because your composition comes under much greater scrutiny when it takes on this less familiar format; every choice you have made in framing your image has to work, has to feel right. Which is why “A New Day” is so successful. Certainly, the technical elements are flawlessly executed, and yet it is the composition that draws us in with its sharpness of line, quality of light, and interplay between shapes and delicate textures. The nearly silhouetted rocks in the foreground – at once heavy, anchoring the bottom of the frame, and seemingly weightless, floating across the mirror sea - are a perfect counterpoint to the rolling treeline and the expanding sky.


Second Place

Forlorn
Serena Parente Charlebois

Studio/environmental portraits require the viewer to believe a created world, to enter a visual narrative that we know has been fabricated for the lens. To be successful, these images must be what “Forlorn” is: engaging and immersive. The figure, still and statuesque against the ethereal fabrics gathering around her, has been perfectly sculpted by the glow of light the appears to simply drift across the image. The color palette – muted, yet distinct and meticulous – renders these details delightfully stark. Enchanting and wholly inaccessible, the entire scene is a wonderfully tense/calm paradox.


Third Place

Wall
Howard Schlesinger

Some of the most mesmerizing, connective photographs are those that engage the viewer in a shared experience with the photographer. In images like “Wall,” there's a sort of whisper-in-the-ear to the viewer that you've stumbled upon this astonishing little slice of the universe and are sharing it with us. We are gleefully confronted with an amazing wall of yellow – different hues arranged geometrically along a flat color plane – broken up by sets of bars and a disappearing black wire. The entire composition is then delightfully punctuated by the almost-perfect matching fabric draped over the railing, setting up an unexpectedly animated visual loop within the composition.


Honorable Mention

Bathroom Light
Ellen Washburn Martin

The very nearly monochrome color palette allows the bleary-eyed glow of the lighting to dominate the image, giving the viewer an immediate, yet obscured, sense of place. The Escher-like intersections of geometry in this image are in stark contrast to the sense of airy, filtered light, and establish a fascinating push/pull of ambiguity and familiarity.


Honorable Mention

Forest Enchantment
Eric Hovermale

It's almost possible to miss the figure at first glance, interwoven as she is in the midst of the tangle of moss, fallen leaves, and exquisitely dappled light. It's an interesting visual tension, with the figure centered atop a small incline as if placed on a stage, while simultaneously blending her curves in the natural shapes of the landscape.


Alia's Child
Jillian Barber


 

Wind Mill Hill
Jillian Barber


Stone Berries
Jody Brown


 

The Noble Weed
Jody Brown


E2X
Ben Buglio


Rocky Point
Ben Buglio


Bobby's Boat
Gary Carlson


Inquisitive
Serena Parente Charlebois

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Balance
Eileen Conragen


Frostysumac
Eileen Conragen

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Ice Flowers
Brabara Crane


Beavertail Light
Alyce Athay-Croasdale


Racing Home
Alyce Athay-Croasdale

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Belmont Chapel
Jack Heller


St. Columba’s
Jack Heller


Prague From The River
Don Heymann

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Touchdown
Don Heymann


Violet
Eric Hovermale


Plexi Party
Bonnie Jaffe


Watercolors
Bonnie Jaffe


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Refuge
Marc Jaffe


Lunch
Carole Kenny


Sunrise in the Smokies
Carole Kenny


Sno bird
Eric Klos


Abandoned-1
Frank Leith


Abandoned-2
Frank Leith


Standing Water
George Lowell


Welcome to Whoville
George Lowell


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Centered
Andy Lowen


Sea Edge
Andy Lowen


Night Study
Ellen Washburn Martin


Queen Anne's Lace
Marylin Moffatt


Sailboat Racing
Marilyn Moffatt


Training for Life
Paul M. Murray


Vigilant
Paul M. Murray


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Angular Momentum
William Peresta


Solitude
William Peresta


Fort Adams 13
Richard Perry


Knickers
Richard Perry


City
David Pinkham


DownTown
David Pinkham


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Sailboat and Rolling Rocks
Elizabeth Renshaw


Take Off
Elizabeth Renshaw


Birds and Vase
Allie Sabalis


Duck on Bike
Allie Sabalis



Guard
Howard Schlesinger



Crane Pose
Barbara Schoenfeld


Front Steps
Barbara Schoenfeld



Nostalgia
Jane Viti


White Amaryllis
Jane Viti


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