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N.Y. Photo Curator Call for Entry
Theme: 'Diptychs' curated by Ellen Wallenstein. 
 

Note from Ellen Wallenstein:
"I was very pleased to be asked to be a Curator for this website, which exposes new and old photographers to each other’s works and gives people an opportunity to shine. I am also happy that a percentage of the (small) entry fees go to a charity of one’s choice. I have chosen the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a national organization that works in courts, legislatures and communities to defend individual rights, and whose work is to protect the enduring values of freedom and equality for all.
 
Thank you to everyone who entered this competition and for stretching your imagination (and your archives) to fit my request. I saw some very interesting and compelling work, and I enjoyed the process of going through them all.
 
My process of choosing images came down to a few things- first; all of the diptychs submitted had to be strong, as a group. Second, that the two photographs paired were stronger together than singly. And third, that I was surprised delighted or puzzled by them."
 
1st place Oliver Raschka Static Tensions 45- Intriguing because of its content and design; a sophisticated juxtaposition of fashion and war. On the left an image of a large photograph (a poster?), superimposed on or attached to a building. On the right a shot of what looks to be an armored tank in an enclosed area - perhaps someone’s back yard?  Is it a toy? Is it real? Both sides deal with the determination of scale. That the photos are in black and white rather than color helps to place them in a timeless sphere, even if the fashion and size of the poster on the left are very much in the present.
 
I am interested in their juxtaposition and the message implied. The woman in the poster seems to be overseeing the tank in the yard- her expression is neutral but what she is looking at isn’t. (We can dress ourselves up, but where are we going to go?) There’s ominousness to the work, especially on the right with its dark shadows at the top pulling energy into a void. This is a very strong timely image.

 
2nd place Julie Mihaly- Notes in Passing (Ants/Wallpaper) a sophisticated pairing, two disparate images each seen from a different viewpoint that connects visually and viscerally. A very quirky pair.
 
3rd Place Janice Tieken’s Alley Fusion . Two photographs that take you around a mysterious corner. While they don’t mesh exactly, the middle third becomes interesting on its own.
 
Honorable Mentions
 
Kevin Lyle 15766- A black & white image presented as a vertical diptych. Very unexpected.
 
Deborah Bai Lannon – Avalonia 62, Two views from a slightly different viewpoint. The images worked beautifully together, even if the thick black borders placed around them seem a bit too heavy.
 
Best series: Lilyana Karadjova Within A Folder . I was totally intrigued. I liked the repetition from side to side and how all the images meshed. Beautiful palette; great use of layering.
 
10% of artist entry fees goes to the curator's choice of charity. 

Wallenstein says, "The charity I have chosen to contribute to is the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)  a national organization that works in courts, legislatures and communities to defend individual rights, and  whose work is to protect the enduring values of freedom and equality for all."

Another 10% will go to the first place winner's charity tba

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