Photo by Heather Middleton
By Joel Hall
Photography will take center stage at the Arts Clayton gallery on Friday as 25 of the metro area's best photographers introduce viewers to the world as they see it. The seventh annual Arts Clayton Juried Photography Show and Competition will premiere on Friday, Oct. 1, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the gallery, located at 136 South Main Street in Jonesboro. The competition takes place in conjunction with Atlanta Celebrates Photography, a metro-wide celebration of photography taking place throughout the month of October.
According to Arts Clayton Gallery Manager Karen Powers, 32 photographers submitted 115 different images to be in this year's show. Of those entries, 53, by 25 photographers, were selected to be a part of the final show and competition, she said.
"We have about the same number of entries as in last year's show," Powers said. "We're seeing a lot of newer faces this year. With our photography show, it is a chance to focus on the best of the medium.
"What makes photography different, and possibly more difficult [than traditional art] is with photography, everybody knows what it [the subject] looks like, so you have to get really interesting with the craft to show something different," she continued. "It's great to see 25 different artists' creative exploration within one medium. They are all very different and unique .. but they are all using the same tools to a certain degree."
Powers said entries in the show include photos taken with standard, digital, and three-dimensional cameras, as well as rendered photos using digital and traditional exposure and darkroom techniques. The 53 photos will be judged by a panel of professional photographers, and monetary awards will be given to the first-, second-, and third-place winners, she said.
The "Best of Show" winner, to be determined by judges, will have the honor of hosting a solo show at the gallery in 2011, and will have his or her art purchased by the gallery to become part of its permanent collection, according to Powers.
Jason Morrison, owner of McDonough-based JayMar Photography and winner of the 2009 Juried Photography Show and Competition, said the show will appeal to photographers and non-photographers alike.
"Every one of those shows has so much variety," Morrison said. "There is not just landscape ... not just people. No matter what your preference is, there is going to be something from the menu to order.
"For photographers, it serves a couple of purposes ... it's some validation and inspiration," he continued. "Just having a contest there every year shows that this is a valid medium. It's not just a room filled with frames."
The works in the this year's Juried Photography Show will hang at the gallery Oct. 1-29. Admission is free. For more information, call (770) 473-5457.