This past week, I served as juror for a fine art nude photography exhibit at The Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction, Vermont. There were 543 entries, and it took three days to cull the work down to the final selection.
My first impression as I did my quick overview was the breadth of styles in the submissions. And the high level of technique brought to bear in the images. There were elegant color digital photographs, wet plate black and white photography, and composited images created in Photoshop. The result was several extended editing sessions poring over the concepts and great craft participants exhibited in their work. In the end it was difficult to narrow the field down to a cohesive show, and I felt honored to have been involved in the judging.
Notable was what was not included. Interesting diptychs, tributes to Kertesz, Erwitt, Mondrian and Japanese printmaking, wonderful self-portraits and playful juxtaposition of the figure in unique environments. In the end, many well-conceived images were not included because they fell short in composition or technique but the creative process behind the work was truly impressive.
Because there were so many strong images, I did not feel comfortable picking a Juror’s Choice. I felt the content and skill level of many of the photographs were on par with each other, and picking one would only be a reflection of my personal taste. The images reproduced here are the five Honorable Mentions that I felt were the best examples of the breadth of the marvelous fine art nude photography that was submitted. The full exhibit is at The Darkroom Gallery Skin Exhibit.
Congratulations to all who submitted!