Finishing printing for a gallery submission for Blue Sky Gallery. Wish me luck. Here are the three images I have selected for the open call for images for the following show:
CALL FOR ENTRIES: The Optical
We’ve all had the experience of looking at a photograph and not being able to decipher it right away. We ask ourselves “What am I looking at?” Photographer and collector Allan Chasanoff became a connoisseur of this interval of confusion before the image resolves. He found a visceral pleasure in confronting an image that refused to make visual sense, delighting in its resistance and delighting again when that resistance was overcome – a delicious tension and release.
“To be hit by a dislocation transcends the visual alone, and there is a momentary visceral response. It stuns me. It interrupts the stare and startles me. Thus, a major part of my effort in collecting pictures was to find those that did that. The photograph, the genre, the history and the aura of the picture are secondary to this shock. That is why I collected so-called straight images, for a dislocation in the usual.” – Allan Chasanoff
Mr. Chasanoff spent nearly 20 years collecting more than 1,200 photographs, many of which embodied this optical problem in photography (“the Optical”), and donated that collection to Yale University and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Now he has agreed to jury for Blue Sky a show of your (single-exposure, color or black-and-white, non-Photoshop, “straight”) photographs that resist immediate visual deciphering. Digitally shot photographs are acceptable as long as they have not been manipulated or altered with Photoshop or other image-editing applications.
For examples of the the type of photos Mr. Chasanoff is seeking for this exhibition, follow this link to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and reference these publications: First Doubt – Optical Confusion in Modern Photography: Selections from the Allan Chasanoff Collection and Tradition and the Unpredictable.