Through a Curious Lens Photo Exhibit
Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz, California
July 17, 2015 [click in the image to see a larger version]
My travels recently took me to Santa Cruz, California, a place where I'd lived for many years in the 1980s and 90s. The reason for the visit was the opening of the Through a Curious Lens photography exhibition at the Santa Cruz Art League that I was honored to be the juror for. After viewing close to 300 submitted images, I chose 90 for the exhibit. It was great to finally see the photographs in actual print form, displayed in the spacious Art League gallery. In this day and age, most of the photography we see is displayed on some sort of screen: a computer screen, the small screen of a mobile device or tablet, or on a TV. But being able to see beautifully framed prints is a very different experience, and one that you should always seek out if the opportunity presents itself.
The day before the opening I spent over two hours at the Art League reviewing all of the images I chose in order to select the ones for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place as well as four honorable mentions. From so many good images, it was very difficult to choose the top three. I could have totally discounted the ones that I did choose, and it would have been just as difficult to chose the top ones from the remaining images.
The show is up through August 9th, so if you're in the Santa Cruz area, and have the time, it's a very good exhibit (if I do say so myself).