The Nocturnes 2006 - Award Winnners
|To the Exhibit|
| Self-described 'reformed Nocturne'
and Juror Lance Keimig of Boston (www.thenightskye.com)
had this to say about the entries to this exhibit, the awards he gave, and
the selection process itself:
Best of Show - Water Safety
by Tom Morrow
"Tom Morrow's image "Water Safety" has all of the elements that make a night photograph great. I was immediately reminded of George Tice's famous photograph "Petit's Mobil Station." It seems appropriate that the Best of Show award goes to an image that intended or not is an homage to one of the greatest night photographs of all time.
"Petit's Mobil Station is a scene out of American history, identifiable at once in time and place, there is also a timeless quality to it. Visually and tonally rich, the ordinary brightly lit scene at the gas station is juxtaposed against the ominous water tower lurking in the darkness.
"There is something much more sinister about Tom Morrow's photo. The atmosphere is charged, the water tower is off in the distance, partially obscured by fog. Except in this image, the danger comes in the form of the fallen door in the foreground and the sign that reads, "Chlorine Gas." Careful lighting with a flashlight, and the leading line of the hose, pointing back to the water tower make this a powerful commentary on pollution and the destruction of the environment.
"It's a powerful image, and deserving of the Best of show award. "
Honorable Mention - Dark Star
by Brian Chapman
"'Dark Star' by Brian Chapman struck me immediately the first time I saw the image several months ago on Flickr. it has drama, mystery, great lighting, and successfully breaks the night photography rule of no black skies. Breaking rules is good, and clearly, Brian does it effectively here."
Other Works worthy of Honorable Mention -
"There are so many outstanding images in this show, that I truly
had a difficult time limiting the awards. Mark Jaremko's Lamp and Lit
Doorway both stand out as classic black and white night shots, along with
Teric farmer's Absconditus 3 and 4. Carol Henry's Presido gate also made
a strong impression, as did DeAnna Foran's "Seattle Droplets". Of the
color images, other photographs that held my attention were Joe Reifer's
"Third Floor Looking Out", Natasa Radovic's "Rialto Swash", Todd Pizzini's
"Orion Setting at Ruby Beach", and Sherry Glassman's "Shadows and Stones".
I could have easily chosen all of these for an award.