“emotion”

emotion : joy, rage, sadness, pride, passion, warmth, sorrow, excitement, despair, anger, affection, grief, desire, concern, ecstasy, shame, desire, empathy, excitement, love……

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“The Dermatologist kept images of skin in his wallet.  His mother was pockmarked from a severe case of chicken pox as a child.  He would talk of her to his patients.  Peeking through the cracked door to his office, his nurse would sometimes catch him crying, his favorite loafers placed neatly on the corner of his desk.  Many times she would have to placate impatient, ill-tempered patients pacing the waiting room.  
This was really never a difficult chore for her.  She typically welcomed it.  Most all the patients were tamed pretty easily. It was a gift she had developed dealing with an angry, bitter alcoholic father.  She imagines herself sometimes as a new character in the movie “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe?”  She has dreamed that she accidently walks in on Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor raging at each other and cajoles them into letting her drive them to Denny’s for pancakes.
 
The Dermatologist pretends not to notice her kindnesses.  He has been secretly infatuated with her ever since he invited her over to share Christmas Eve dinner with the family one year.  She arrived in a wildly patterned flowing skirt and a bright headscarf.  She walked right up to his mother, took her hand and told her how beautiful she was.  The Dermatologist stole long glances at her all evening.   His wife also became a fan of hers once she learned that she too was a bridge player.  The Dermatologist’s wife was unable to have children.  They had talked of adopting.  The old movie, “The Bad Seed” had frightened his wife terribly as a child and she was afraid of “bringing home a monster.”  Bridge and volunteering at her church resale shop were her passions.
 
The dermatologist fantasized about having children with his nurse.  He got drunk with his golfing buddies one Sunday and very matter of factly told them that he daydreamed of turning his X-ray room into bedroom.  Chuckling, they suggested that he go wash his face in the ballwasher.  He shuffled back to the golf cart, angry and disappointed, wishing he could curse them all with bad acne.

His mother died on a seniors trip to an Indian gaming resort.  He worked up the courage and very timidly asked his nurse if she would like to go with him to retrieve the body.  She didn’t know what to say.  She wanted to say yes.  She wanted to hold him.  Instead, she lied and said she had to go with her father to the eye doctor.  The Dermatologist knew that she hadn’t seen her father in over five years.  He told her he understood and rapidly walked back to his office.  She waited a few minutes and tiptoed down the hall.  Peeking through the crack in the door she saw that he was crying, his favorite loafers placed neatly on the corner of his desk…” From “An Oklahoma Winter” by Franklin Cincinnatus      
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JUROR | Karen Divine will be the juror for “emotion”.  Karen was first introduced to photography in the early 1970’s and went on to study painting, drawing, and alternative photographic processes. While she finds that creating a beautiful single image is crucial to being a fine-art photographer, it is the multi-image that speaks to her heart. Karen is an internationally recognized artist with more than a dozen prestigious awards for her Photography and iPhone Art. These include the 2011 Discovery of the Year Nominee from International Photography Awards, the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers, the Prix de la Photographie Gold Award, and a first place WPGA Pollux Award. Her work has been exhibited around the world.

SUBMISSION | Guidelines: Digital images should 1000 pixels on the longest side saved in JPEG format at 72 ppi. Each image should be labeled with consecutive numbers followed by your name, i.e. 1FirstName_LastName.jpg. The number should correspond with the number on the application form.

SUBMISSION | Email: Email image files and submission form to amanda@asmithgallery.com. The gallery will send an email confirmation upon receiving the entry and payment.

SUBMISSION | Mail: CD’s and submission form should be mailed to:

A Smith Gallery
P O Box 175
103 N Nugent #175
Johnson City, TX 78636

The gallery will send an email confirmation upon receiving the entry and payment.

SUBMISSION | Entry Fee: $35 for the first 5 images, $6 per each additional image. Entries of 11 or more images are eligible for a review by the gallery directors.

ELIGIBILITY | Submissions are open to all photographers both professional and amateur working in all photographic mediums and styles. International entries are welcomed. Work that has been previously exhibited at A Smith Gallery is not eligible.

PRINTING/MATTING/FRAMING | information: The gallery offers printing, matting and framing services. If sending framed work, please use mats and frames that compliment your work and are appropriate in a gallery setting. Colored mats are discouraged. All images should be ready to hang with wires. Gallery wraps are acceptable. If you have any questions regarding appropriate presentation please contact amanda@asmithgallery.com.

AWARDS| The awards are as follows:

Jurors Award – $325.00
Directors Award – $250.00
Three Juror Honorable Mentions – an exhibition catalogue
Director Honorable Mentions chosen at the discretion of the Gallery Directors – an exhbition catalogue
Visitors Award – $100.00

SALES | The gallery will retain 40% of the sales price.

USE RIGHTS | Photographers retain full rights to their own images. The gallery will use the photographer’s images for publicity purposes as well as in the Blurb exhibition catalogue.

FOR MORE INFORMATION | amanda@asmithgallery.com