I would like to thank the members and staff of the Rowayton Arts Center for the opportunity to judge this show. My own work as an artist involves themes and techniques that span the entire 190 years of photographic history, so my deep admiration for this medium has made the trust and faith that you have placed in me an honor that I do not take lightly.
When I signed on to judge the show I never imagined that it would present such a daunting challenge.
It is always difficult to pass judgement on the work of others. This show was especially difficult as the images are of such tremendous quality and immense diversity of materials, techniques, themes and concepts.
As it is, in some cases I have judged in work that was not particularly appealing to me and yet displayed such exceptional technical competence that it demanded inclusion. In other cases cuts needed to take place and my only recourse was to leave out work that I loved.
Photography has undergone tremendous changes in the last 40 years. What constitutes a good photograph has never been a simple thing. When billions of photographs are sent over social media sites each day, and when expensive cameras and sophisticated algorithms make what had been technically formidable a few years ago unremarkable today, what constitutes a good photograph is ever evolving. Finally, it comes down to what the photograph communicates to the viewer—to that viewer’s own appreciation of the image.
I believe that the work that I have chosen represents the Rowayton Arts Center well and presents a quality show. I hope that you as viewer appreciate it as I do.