Darkroom Gallery Call for Entries: Still Life

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The key feature of a still life image is the degree of control that an artist can exercise over a work. Key elements that make up a still life can be arranged or composed by the artist at will within a studio setting the lighting can be designed and directed minutely.  Still life compositions are recognized to be a pure form of art, while being pleasing to the eyes, they can be coupled with dizzying underlying meanings.

Items are often used that symbolize earthly pleasures: vanity and deluxe luxury juxtaposed by the fleeting nature of these types of objects.  A ripe apple implies something completely different from a rotten one.  Needless to say, the world has changed a lot since 1600 AD, so modern still lifes may harbor materials and objects that the old masters could never fathom, such as plasticine, fake fruit. 

Darkroom Gallery is calling for photographs that contextually explore the Still Life; some photographers may take a traditional approach, while others may see Still Life/Life Still as a vehicle to explore new artistic possibilities, in form, function or to convey political or emotive meanings.  Lastly, objects caught in their natural surroundings and artfully documented on the fly can make just as poignant an image as one painstakingly arranged i.e., Life Still.


  • All selected entries are exhibited in the gallery [26 March – 19 April 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: Yumi Goto

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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