Darkroom Gallery Call for Entries: Lines

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Theme: Lines are powerful compositional elements that control the way eyes move through a photograph. 

Lines add impact to an image, place emphasis to a particular area of the composition, or tell a story or to draw a connection between different elements in a photograph.  Lines can be straight, curved, broken or jagged. They can bisect one another, cross or overlap and be the driving force behind interpreting perspective.

In the Renaissance, painters needed to be able to translate the three-dimensional world around them onto the two-dimensional surface of a painting, called the "picture plane." The solution was "linear perspective"; the idea that converging lines meet at a single vanishing point and all shapes get smaller in all directions with increasing distance from the eye. Photographers can take this artistic function for granted, or they can harness perspective in unique and creative ways to focus or push the eye around the image.

Lines of some sort can be found in all photographs, formed by natural or artificial elements.  Naturally occurring lines can be rivers, shorelines, waves, sand dunes, and rows of trees while roads, fences, bridges, street lights and skyscrapers are examples of architectural or linear constuctions.  The effect that lines have on an image varies depending upon the orientation and direction.  Horizontal lines convey a sense of width, stability, calm, lazy, security, relaxation, constancy and timelessness.  Whereas vertical lines convey a sense of strength, height, integrity, solidity, dominance, power, peace and tranquility, substance or permanence.  Darkroom Gallery is calling for images that utilize lines in innovative and dynamic ways, how are your photographs enhanced or translated by line?


  • All selected entries are exhibited in the gallery [27 Feb – 22 March 2015] and included in a full color exhibit catalog.
  • Juror’s Choice receives a 30×48" vinyl exhibit banner featuring their image, free entry into a future exhibition and a free exhibition catalog.
  • Honorable Mentions receive free exhibition catalogs and free entry in a future exhibition.
  • We offer free matting and framing of accepted entries for the duration of each of our exhibition, subject to standard sizes. Photographers set their own prices if they wish to sell their work and retain all rights to their photographs.

Juror: Rebecca Senf

Image requirements: no larger than 1280 pixels on the longest side, jpg format; saved at the highest quality; sRGB color space.

Online submission of digital photographs via the website or by email. There is a $5.00 surcharge for email entries.


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