Saturday, October 31, 2015

Alternative Cameras: Pinholes to Plastic

Call for Entries  
Juror: Susan Burnstine

Submissions close on
Monday, November 9, 2015
Gallery exhibition: Dec. 23, 2015 to Jan. 15, 2016
Alternative Cameras is about images made with any plastic, toy, pinhole or homemade camera, plastic lens on a traditional modern camera, Lensbaby, camera obscura - just about any non-traditional camera or lens, film or digital. For this exhibition, images from unadulterated iPhones are excluded.
Susan Burnstine, whose work is created entirely in-camera with homemade cameras, has agreed to jury Alternative Cameras, and we could not be more pleased. Susan will select 35 photographs for exhibition in our Middlebury, Vermont gallery, and an addition 40 for exhibition in our Online Gallery. All 75 will be reproduced in the exhibition catalog.
About the Juror
Susan Burnstine is an award-winning fine art and commercial photographer originally from Chicago, now based in Los Angeles. Susan is represented in galleries across the world, widely published throughout the globe, teaches workshops internationally and has also written for several photography magazines, including a monthly column for Black and White Photography Magazine (UK).
Burnstine is one of the few photographers today avidly pursuing alternative processes to create an idiosyncratic and deeply personal visual landscape. Initially, she sought to find a way to portray her dream-like visions entirely in-camera, rather than with post-processing digital manipulations. To achieve this, she has created twenty-three handmade film cameras and lenses that are frequently unpredictable and technically challenging. The cameras are primarily made out of plastic, vintage camera parts, and random household objects, with single-element lenses molded from plastic and rubber. Learning to overcome their extensive optical limitations required Burnstine to rely  on instinct and intuition -- the same tools that are key when attempting to interpret dreams.
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