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Partners' Picks of the Show

Photo Challenge 2020


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Partners' Picks of Guest Photographers
The Breuilh by Bruno Chalifour

Number 7—The Breuilh
by Bruno Chalifour

One current trend in photography is to reflect on how the Covid pandemic has impacted not only lives but our creativity.  Bruno has captured a wonderful series of photographs after being in quarantine in his village in France and then focusing on what is outside his home in this beautiful part of France. This photograph captures a local creek where he used to play as a child. A magical place. 

Number 7, the Breuilh, is a wonderful photo all about light. The light on the water and the light on the overhead branches and those at the left of the image seem to talk together and make a circle which includes the light in the distance.   The eyes are led around the circle, and the perspective takes us along the stream toward the bright light in the distance. It's like an attractor, almost making the viewer feel like a moth…being drawn to the light. 

As a counter point to all of the light, the center of the photograph is a dark area, lending mystery to the image.  We are always wanting to peer into the shadows and know what is there…. Bruno has allowed us to see the detail of the foliage in the shadows but we still wonder what lurks just beyond them.  

The light, the shimmering water and the hallway of dark made of trees opens a door for us to "be there."  A photograph that one can spend time enjoying and reflecting on what it says to us.

Once Grand by Laura Knecht


Once Grand
by Laura Knecht

Laura has achieved her desired goal to express what she envisions in her mind while she is creating her photographs.  While the Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane is not an “ordinary” space, Laura has managed to make us look at her collection of photographs more than once! Our favorite is Once Grand. Can you imagine how truly grand this might have been, under the circumstances, of course?  The yellow tones are just beautiful… and calming which I assume was the purpose. The red and white squares on the ceiling connect to the red doors at the end of the hallway. There are several other little elements that keep you interested in this photo; the ripped screen door on the right; the wheelchair jutting out on the left as if someone is still sitting in it; the echoed arches that lead down the hall.  This is a well composed image with the hallway slightly off the center line and it includes many photographic elements we all enjoy; texture, symmetry, patterns; leading lines; and really interesting light. This is just a wonderful photograph. Congratulations Laura.

Rough by Julie Oldfield


by Julie Oldfield

Julie is exhibiting an eclectic collection of her favorite photos taken over the past year. She focuses on projects involving forgotten neighborhoods, urban decay and on the human struggles facing many of the less fortunate of our community. Her exhibit concentrates primarily on aspects of decay including a wooden chair in a neglected field with the Kodak tower in the background or a long unused dock at a long ago closed high-end eatery. But the focus of this review is Rough, her photo of an intriguing street scene. In the foreground is an upside-down manhole cover stamped with ‘City of Rochester’ and a cross-hatched design of squares and rectangles that is repeated throughout the photograph. Even though this is place dead center, the effect is to create a triangle with the corners of the building in the background. The middle ground is a deserted urban street separating the viewer and photographer from the vacant building, with solid horizontal stretches of different shades of gray. The only color to note is the subdued abandoned building in the color of a dulled and aged Medina sandstone which is used for much of the curbing in the older sections of the city. The fading brick and simple rectangular windows and door speak of a building, perhaps of industry or manufacturing of at least 100 years of age. There are also other interesting light gray markings that could be from a window through which Julia is viewing this scene. As with most of her photos, Julie uses subdued lighting to enhance the feeling that this area has long passed it glory days and is waiting for demolition or an entrepreneur. Julie leaves us with many questions: Where is this? What would this have looked like as a thriving well populated area?

Atlantic Sunrise by John Retallack


Atlantic Sunrise
John Retallack

John has provided a beautiful set of photographs that include reflective and beautiful prose-poetry.   The words, by themselves, could be sufficient to move the reader, but the images call our attention immediately.  The combination provides an offering that is more than either individually.

On that is particularly striking is Atlantic Sunrise  The words below even provide a description of the image itself – the “amazing shades of blue” and the calm straight line of the horizon.   The presence of the person standing on the beach will surely grab our attention, and we can join with the figure and look, too, out across the Atlantic. The sky’s after-sunrise light creates both silhouette and shadow of the person and present colors complementary to the array of blues.  The wet beach and calm waters join in with reflections that hold our attention near the center of the image and then to the horizon. We, too, might place our own thoughts there “on the horizon calm” and try “to keep this vision” for ourselves.

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