By Joel Hall
A horse's eyeball. An Israeli soldier sitting under an olive tree. A flower submerged in carbonated water.
These things would seem to have nothing in common, but they are all topics of focus at the Arts Clayton 2007 Juried Photography Show and Competition.
In it's fourth year, the contest brings together the best photographers from the Southern Crescent, all competing for the grand prize of having their photography purchased by Arts Clayton for its permanent collection, as well as the opportunity to have a month-long, private exhibition at the gallery.
This year, 56 photographs were selected from over 125 entries, covering a wide variety of subjects: landscapes, portraits, still, nature, and artistic compositions. From the 56 selections, four will be chosen to receive the prize of best in show, first, second, and third place.
The photographs will be judged by a team of professional photographers, based on several criteria, including focus, design, color, composition, the even placement of horizons, and other technical aspects. The picture chosen as best in show will become a permanent feature of the Arts Clayton Gallery, while first, second, and third place entries will win $100, $75, and $50, respectively.
The winners will be announced Thursday, during a 5:30-7:30 p.m., reception and opening ceremony for the 2007 Juried Photography Show exhibit, which will be on display at the gallery from Oct. 1 to Oct. 26.
Karen Powers, gallery manager of Arts Clayton, said the works range from digital photography and traditional, 35 mm photography, to photographic art, using modern techniques "to create something totally different."
"We always receive a very diverse range of photography," said Powers. "The photography that is represented here is representative of the diversity in our community. Both the style and the subject matter they are addressing runs the spectrum from modern to traditional."
Other photographs include a scene of an old Union 76 gas station, a picture of the Vietnam War Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., various religious talismans on display at Underground Atlanta, and billy goats from the San Joaquin Valley in California.
"Every year we get new and different photographers, who enter into the show and it does bring out a lot of local photographers," said Powers. "We're always excited to see the work of artists that we have never seen before and this show kind of allows us to get into the community and do that."
The 2007 Juried Photography Show exhibit will be on display this month from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For more information, go to www.artsclayton.org.