Creatures February 27 - March 23
From beloved pets to exotic wildlife, animals hold a certain fascination for photographers. They serve us as faithful guardians, trusted steeds, and loyal family members. We invoke them to highlight human traits both good and bad, but also search for our humanity within them. Photographing both the tame and the wild, we seek kinship that cannot be communicated with words. Whether as taxidermies for study, pets for companionship, or out in the wild, for Creatures, the Kiernan Gallery seeks photographs that depict our complex relationship with the animal kingdom.
About the Juror:
Anne Berry is a Critical Mass 2012 Top 50 and a 2012 Clarence John Laughlin Award finalist. She is represented by the Catherine Couturier Gallery in Houston, and has recently exhibited at the San Diego Art Institute, the Center for Fine Art Photography, and the Fence at Photoville in Brooklyn. Publications featuring Anne’s work include Shots Magazine, Photo District News,Silvershotz, The Portfolio Review, Esquire Russia, Lenscratch, CNN Photos, and Black & White.Anne attended Sweet Briar College (BA) and the University of Georgia (MA). Currently Anne is working on Behind Glass, a collection of images of primates in captivity.
“I think I could turn and live with the animals, they
are so placid and self contained;/
I stand and look at them long and long.” – Walt Whitman
It has been a rewarding experience to look through the photographs submitted to Creatures. I am grateful to Kat Kiernan for allowing me to juror this exhibit. I am impressed by the beauty of the images and inspired by the diversity of technique and process. It was very difficult to choose. I looked through the images many times, and I am intrigued to know more about the photographers who created them and the methods they used in capturing and processing the images. To cull my final selection I went back through many nicely composed and interesting images and asked these questions: 1: Is the animal the focus of the image or just in the image? 2: What does the image say about the animal or what does the animal say to the viewer? 3 Does light (and focus) emphasize the key elements of the image, drawing the viewer into the animal’s world and helping to establish a connection? Eyes are essential, as is gesture. 4 Do all the elements in the frame, including dead space, contribute to the composition?
For the gallery exhibit I chose images that work together to create a certain atmosphere. Both the gallery exhibit and the online exhibit showcase the variety of animal images being created. My personal preferences and mood influenced my choices, and I left out many worthy images. From these submissions I could have created three more exhibits: Dogs, Birds, and Lifeless. I applaud all the submissions and remind all entrants not to dismiss a photograph because it is not included in this particular exhibit.