“water”

wa – ter : rain, tears, agua, springs, drink, rivers, wet, steam, flood, moisture, lakes, humidity, damp, soak, ocean, wash, aquatic, splash…

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“The waterskiing bobble heads floated just on the surface.  Belle sat on the gravelly shore, her young son sat in the lap of her new boyfriend, Chance, repeatedly asking why his Mommy’s car was in the lake.

Belle was a water baby.  Her mother and her part-time astrologist sister set her on her watery path early, constantly reminding her of her Aquarian destiny: living in, around and with water.  Being born on February fourteenth gave her her name.  Her Grandmother, Belle Tran Ashcroft, a Vietnamese/French war bride was also born on Valentine’s Day in an art deco teak and brick house on a coffee, rubber and cashew plantation northwest of what was then Saigon.

She was a South Vietnamese water skiing champion.  She met her future husband when he and his soldier buddies were skiing on “her” lake during a weekend of R and R in 1967.  He was also raised on a plantation, in Mississippi.

Grandmother Belle spoke French fluently along with her native Vietnamese.  She struggled always with English, easily moving herself to tears of frustration or amusement when trying to create english vowel sounds or recount a story of her youth.  Sitting there by the lake, with her reasonably new automobile mostly submerged in the clear blue water, Belle looked down at the tears beading up on her tanned mid section, remembering Grandmother Belle trying to say the word fry…”   from the story “Tow Rope” by Franklin Cincinnatus

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Creativity is encouraged.

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JUROR | Doug Beasley will be the juror for “water”.  Doug’s personal vision explores the spiritual and emotional aspects of people and place and is concerned with how the sacred is recognized and expressed in everyday life.

After receiving a BFA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, he worked for several prominent commercial photo studios as a photo assistant and darkroom slave. Both helped him develop a appreciation for attention to detail and technical proficiency but left him longing for artistic self-expression. He then opened his own studio in Minneapolis, MN emphasizing commercial and editorial fashion. As a strong feminist, he considers himself the world’s most unlikely fashion photographer but greatly enjoyed the creativity and spontaneity of fashion photography. This evolved into shooting extensively throughout the country and internationally for various advertising, educational, public service and non-profit clients. Doug currently works on fine-art based commercial projects around the world.

Much of Doug’s personal work is supported by grants and commissions and is widely exhibited and collected. In 2010 he had a permanent installation at the Castillo D’Albertis Cultural Museum on Sacred Places of North America. He has been published internationally and featured in numerous photo magazines such as Zoom, The Sun, B&W, PDN, Shots and PhotoVision. His first book Japan; A Nisei’s First Encounter, offers insight into his journey to his mother’s Japanese homeland. Earth Meets Spirit was published by 5 Continents Editions of Milan, Italy and is distributed internationally by Abrams. His most recent book Zen & the Art of Photography is a collection of Doug’s writing. He is also the inventor of Vision Quest Photo Assignment Cards.

As founder and director of Vision Quest Photo Workshops, Doug provides workshops that emphasize personal expression and creative vision over the mechanics of camera use.  His workshops are held at art and cultural centers across the US and around the world as well as Private Workshops at the Trade River Retreat Center, his cabin/retreat center in Northwest Wisconsin.

Doug has recently become the owner and publisher of Shots Magazine, a quarterly independent journal of fine-art photography, now in it’s 32nd year of publication. Shots has long been his favorite photo magazine!

Doug continues to explore the notion of what is sacred in his photography and in his life. He lives in a small passive solar home surrounded by rocks and trees in Saint Paul, MN and when not out traveling the world he can be found tending his Japanese gardens or enjoying a strong cup of coffee while listening to loud music. Personal heroes include Jimi Hendrix, the Dalai Lama, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and whoever invented the espresso machine.

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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.  Please do not watermark your images.  If you need help sizing your images, please follow this link https://convert.town/image-dpi

 

SUBMISSION | Online:  Fill out our online application to apply, send images, and make payment with Paypal. You will receive an email confirmation upon receiving the submission and payment. You can also fill and submit the online application, print out your confirmation email, and mail it with a check for your fees to the address below. 

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

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

 

SUBMISSION | Entry Fee:  $38 for the first 5 images, $7 per each additional image. Submissions of 11 or more images are eligible for a review of the submitted images by the gallery directors.  Submission fees are not refundable.

 

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 not 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 exhibition 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