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The Magic of Light 2020
January 2 - January 26, 2020

Juried Show
Partners' and Peoples' Choice Awards


All images copyright by the individual photographers

Awarded Photographs from the Exhibit
Water Colors by Megan Crandlemire Awarded $150

Water Colors
by Megan Crandlemire

Good photographers create images that trigger an emotional response from the viewer. Photography in this sense, is an interactive activity. Megan’s Water Colors is playful and fun evoking the time of one’s childhood, grabbing a brush with some water and seeing the magic of vibrant colors spreading and mixing across the paper. Megan even selected vibrant colors of the pencils which come close to one side of a rainbow – red, orange, yellow. Well that might be a bit of a stretch, but it’s close. Correct?  But she also presents us with a visual pun, as the colored pencils appear to be immersed in water or a bubbly liquid. Megan has selected three pencils, understanding that a good composition usually contains an odd number of elements to be visually pleasing. The background is black, so the focus is on the interaction of the colors and bubbles. The pencils are sharpened to relatively the same amount, not perfectly sharp, but with enough lead left to use for some time. And the bubbles only appear on the pencils themselves, further accentuating the pencils’ color. Looking closer the bubbles not only emphasize the color of the pencil they are ‘attached’ to, but many also have reflections of the other pencils tying the composition all together. Finally, Megan has placed the pencils above the center line creating tension for the viewer. Thank you, Megan, for such a delightful and creative photo for us to enjoy.

Vespers by Margy Meath


Awarded $150

by Margy Meath

Margy also creates a very emotional photograph. Interestingly, the title Margy selected for her photo is a term from the Roman Catholic liturgy meaning a sunset evening prayer service, giving thanks for the day just past and an evening sacrifice of praise to God. The simplicity and elegance of Margy’s photo envelopes us in the wonder and majesty of nature and its beauty. Yes, it’s simply a photo of an owl on the top of a tree branch. Yet, a complete defocusing of the background, the balance of the motionless branch and the intimacy of the eyes transports one into the space that Margy has created. In addition, the size and color of the background serves to enhance and accentuate the presence of the owl. The clarity of the owl and branch allows one to explore every detail of this beautiful bird, from the bracelet-like rings that surround the face, the smooth feathers on the chest to the talons wrapped around the tip of the branch. Even the pine tree’s shape and needles seem real enough to touch. With rural land acreage decreasing in our area, most people don’t have the opportunity to see such an owl, much less take a photograph of one. Vespers is certainly an appropriate title for this artistic vision of the grandeur of His creation. Thank you for your wonderful vision, Margy.
Peoples' Choice Award

Fading Away by Marie Costanza

$150 Gift Certificate
Awarded by Lumiere Photo

Fading Away
by Marie Costanza

Serenity and a feeling of fullness are a couple emotions one could take away from this photo created by Marie. She incorporates many elements of composition including symmetry, lines, color, foreground, background, visual tension, framing and shapes to produce the emotions she wishes to convey. For example, the horizon is in the upper third of the photo, creating a tension for the viewer. It is also level, which is natural and is important compositionally to the viewer for symmetry. The colors are darkened and muted which enhances the peaceful and soothing feeling. Marie also creates a balance or symmetry to the photo with the positioning of the branch and moon almost as mirroring images. In additions, the shape of a triangle is formed by the branch, moon and the large trunk in the water. The texture of the water complements the clear smooth sky and silhouetted tree branch, separating the background from the foreground. One final element is the slight string of color above the moon that acts as a nice border or framing element and forces one’s eye back into the image. Thank you, Marie, for such a calming scene.



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