"From Tucson to . . . " - Award Winnners
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Juror William Lesch (Tucson, AZ) had this to say about the entries to this exhibit, the awards he gave, and the selection process itself:
"When asked to judge this show and sent the prospectus, I had this vision in my mind of what the song lyrics evoked for me, and the image was built up of fragments from years of late night drives across endless western miles, with the windows down and the warm night air, perhaps the moon out, and that special feeling you get from a long open road.
"After looking through the photographs, I went back and read the prospectus again - there were many wonderful, strange, and accomplished photographs here, but only a handful seemed to me to have addressed what was described in the call for entries: "mysterious, riveting nocturnal imagery ....evoking vast open spaces, spectacular light and a sense of the open road". The prospectus also said that images could evoke this feeling without being specifically about a location, but more a state of mind, I tried to keep in mind the parameters of what was called for in the judging, and to be fair, I suppose I filtered that through my reality of what your theme meant to me.
"So, to give you a totally biased judgement on what are the best
photographs that also fulfilled the criteria for this show, here are my
"This image, 'Grand Canyon Fire', stayed in my mind during the day,
then on looking at it again it just kept getting better. It really is
a striking image: powerful in its simplicity, and more than any other
evocative of the themes outlined for this show. I can imagine coming over
a pass in Northern Arizona or Utah, late at night with the full moon bright
on the land, and seeing this tableau before me: the light of some mysterious
armageddon burning in the distance, stars wheeling overhead, sharp black
shadows of the canyons below. Congratulations to whoever made this photograph,
you got a keeper there."
Honorable Mention - Paula Kelly, Cowboy and Startrails
NOTE: Read William Lesch's comments
on the current state of Night Photography, possibly sparked by this exhibit.
Congrats to Joe, Paula, and Robert and all the people who participated in this exhibit - there easily could have been more award-winners - but "them's the rules!"
As always, you can visit NightTalk,
the message board of The Nocturnes, and let us know what you thought of
Best of Show
6419 by Robert Garrett (CA) ©2004