Artdose Art Guide VOL XXII now available. Featured artist, Amy Soczka, Cedarburg, Wisconsin.
To kick off this new year we at Artdose are going to have a quarterly juried exhibition in each of our issues. Each issue will have a specific area of focus, which will result in a two-page spread in our 2015 issues.
The jury panel would like to say thank you to Frank and to everyone who sent in a submission. We took the responsibility of reviewing these photos seriously. Decisions required many passes to come to a consensus.
Photography is a wide ranging medium. Knowing this, the criteria were as follows. Composition is a subjective notion but we looked for an image the captures, pulls you in, or makes you think. Technical quality is the nuts and bolts. Color balance or tonality, focus, exposure, are the hall marks, but can include a quality presentation. Next is imagination. We were looking for a new subject, a fresh look, or anything that shows vision. Finally would be uniqueness. Anything out of the ordinary or a presentation that shouts something new.
Thanks and keep on shooting.
Here are our featured photographers.
Elizabeth Ahlborn, Fond du Lac, WI
Tom Dent, Kohler, WI
Susan Fiebig, Fond du Lac, WI
Sarah Folz, Cedar Grove, WI
Elizabeth Mahoney, Ojai, CA
Sara Risley, Milwaukee, WI
Adrian Spinks, Cedarburg, WI
Ted Thieme, Sheboygan, WI
Jurors: Pat Ryan, Dale Van Minsel and Ray Moody
Ryan has always been interested in art but it wasn’t until he purchased his first camera that he realized he had something special in his hands. He attended college in Milwaukee where he studied printing/photography. He learned all the technical stuff on a camera, e.g. f-stops, shutter speed, film speed, exposure, etc. Started with film then went digital. After he went digital, he attended classes for Photoshop. Ryan is partial to landscape, abandoned houses and buildings. He often hops in his car and heads off on a road trip just for the purpose of photography. The biggest influences in his photography would have to be Edward Weston, who dealt mainly with shape and texture, and Gregory Conniff who shoots mainly landscape. He met with Gregory and had the honor of printing his book “Wild Edges”.
Dale VAN MINSEL
Van Minsel has worked with the art and craft of photography since 1978 having served as event and public relations photographer for two colleges over the course of his professional career. His fine art work involves creating unique images mostly using the iPhone and photo apps. He has always enjoyed creating images depicting “altered landscapes” and “possible dimensions” using whatever medium was available at the time but iPhoneography and photo apps really allow him to create unique images without cost or equipment limitations. He has also had the opportunity to teach photography and iPhoneography at Cedar Valley Resort in West Bend, WI, University of Wisconsin Manitowoc and the Trout Museum of Art in Appleton, WI.
Moody ss a self taught photographer with years of darkroom experience. In the past several years a need to create a more handmade photograph has captured his imagination and has sent him looking at the most early of photographic techniques. This course is the beginning of those processes. Moody’s interest in the arts started early. His father worked in the graphic arts and he was exposed to photography and printing at a very early age. Some of his earliest memories are of holding his grandfather’s Leica camera and being simply fascinated by it. He had a few cameras growing up and have always loved expressing his vision of the world in this way.