I'm starting the week off on a high note...first of all my baby slept for six continuous hours two nights in a row and I just learned that an image that I submitted to a call by The Vermont Photography Workplace/PhotoPlace Gallery entitled Self-Searching: The Art of Self-Portraiture was selected for the Online Gallery Annex. The call was juried by none other than Aline Smithson , an incredible photographer and one whom I've admired for a very long time.
I am honored that she selected one of my images and I'm humbled to be in the company of such talented photographers. The selections will be published in a book by Blurb. Take some time to check out the images - they are all published here.
The image chosen is titled Camouflage. I took it during a time when I was trying to figure out what to do with my professional life. I really felt like I was hiding behind myself but I wasn't sure who that was - either way I felt like I was still me but in the middle of a big change.
This is the juror's statement directly from the site...
Within the genre of photographic self-portraiture can be found some of the most probing, surprising, and thoughtful images in the history of the medium. For "Self-Searching" juror Aline Smithson chose forty photos for exhibition at the Vermont Photography Workplace's PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury, Vermont. She also selected an additional thirty-five images for inclusion in the "On-Line Gallery Annex." All seventy-five photographs will be reproduced in a full-color exhibition catalogue that will be available for purchase directly from Blurb Books. To see work selected for the Gallery exhibition and the On-Line Gallery Annex, please scroll down.
I used to hate self-portraits. Let me clarify that statement and say, I used to hate the idea of creating my own self portraits, but I have come to discover that turning the camera on oneself can be tremendously insightful and can be one of the most interesting genres of photography.
Determining selections for Self-Searching: The Art of Self Portraiture was one of the more difficult assignments I’ve had as an editor or juror. After spending time with the work, I felt connected to each photographer and was so impressed by the incredible and inventive ways of exploring the self. Thank you for your efforts and your creativity, but more importantly, thank you for sharing your dreams, your humor, your intimacies, your pain, your bodies, your struggles, and well, yourselves. There were so many terrific images that I couldn’t fit into the exhibition and I’m sorry not to include them. I selected work that gave me insight into a person, and work that was poignant, sophisticated, and told me a story.
I hope you will continue to spend time creating self-portraits as a way defining yourself, if even for a split second.
Juror: Aline Smithson . After a career as a New York Fashion Editor and working along side the greats of fashion photography, Aline Smithson discovered the family Rolleiflex and never looked back. Now represented by galleries across the country and published throughout the world, Aline continues to create her award-winning photography with humor, compassion, and a 50-year-old camera. Her work has been featured in numerous publications and she has exhibited widely including solo shows at the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Oswald Gallery, and Wallspace Gallery in Seattle. Aline has been the Gallery Editor for Light Leaks Magazine, writes and edits the blog, Lenscratch, and has been curating exhibitions for a number of galleries and on-line magazines.