In keeping with the mission to help promote photographers and their work, we present a new feature called 'The Interview' where photographers and those in the photography and art world will be interviewed by Laurie Freitag, Director of L.A. Photo Curator. Please feel free to suggest photographers that deserve their story being told. Thanks! - Laurie Freitag (Director/ L.A Photo Curator.

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L.A. Photo Curator Results
Theme: Introspective Matter
Curator: Michael Kirchoff

Note from Michael Kirchoff to entrants:

When I first wrote the prospectus for Introspective Matter, I felt I’d had a pretty good idea of what to expect from the resulting submissions. For a very long time know, I’ve also had a career as someone who has photographed a whole lot of tabletop, product, and still-life imagery for advertising and editorial clients. Even when doing that I always had made photographs that were more personal or reflected my love of light and lighting. These were, for the most part, rather traditional in approach and concept, yet filled a part of my own aesthetic that I felt important to me as an image maker. What I did find upon my first perusal of submissions for this call was both eye-opening and unexpected. Let me now thank you all for that, as it was most definitely a pleasant surprise. Overall, there was a “think outside the box” approach that I was seeing with these images. Processes and concepts brought a fresh and varied view to the thought behind creating stunning still life imagery, both of which made it quite difficult to make my final selections. I found that almost everyone had submitted something that initially caught my eye (something that rarely happens), and my early selection list was far too long. I really had to simply sit with this list of images for some time and revisit it periodically. I had to gauge my choices over time and in different moods and levels of alertness (I’m working a lot these days and often on the exhausted side of things). In the end, what I found was that my final list mirrored my moods and state of being throughout the process, and in hindsight has provided a better understanding of the many ideas of what a still-life photograph can be. That has brought an improved perspective to my ideas and ways of doing things, and for that, I am very grateful. Please know that the process of putting together the final list of choices was a tough one and that there were far too many winners submitted to award kudos to. What I do have though, is a list of great talent and art that will keep me looking back at with what is possible. Thank you all for your submissions, your talent, and your art.

First Place: Kent Krugh 'Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)'

Second Place: PD Packard 'Lyrical Chives'

Honorable Mentions:
Mariana Bartolomeo 'Alchemy',
Laurie Peek 'Candlestick',
Barbara Hazen 'Spoon Molds',
Claudia-Cebrian 'Promised-Land-Peony01',
Juergen Lechner 'Camera Obscura Playground'

Best Series: Charlie McCullers 'Pointe #3, 'Pointe #4, 'Pointe #5
10% of artist entry fees goes to the curator's choice of charity. Michael Kirchoff chose the Sierra Club.
Another 10% will go to the first place winner choice of charity. Kent Krugh chose the Salvation Army.!/donation/checkout