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The March "Nighttime" Final 50

Posted by Teresa Hanafin  April 9, 2009 03:30 PM

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Our March judge, professional photographer Lance Keimig, has made his selection of the 50 finalists from among 300 photos entered in the "Nighttime is the right time" contest.

Lance, based in Pembroke, is best known for night photography of the built environment. He is writing a book, "Night Photography: Finding Your Way In The Dark", that will be published by Focal Press in May of 2010. He is the curator of Darkness, Darkness, a traveling exhibit of night photography, and of the Three Columns Gallery at Harvard University.

He teaches Night Photography at the New England School of Photography in Boston, and also leads workshops and photo tours in California, Texas, Massachusetts, Ireland, and Scotland. Keimig founded the Mono Lake Photo Workshops in 2003 in California to promote interest in the fragile ecosystem of the Eastern Sierra through photography, and is also a cofounder of The Nocturnes Night Photography Workshops in San Francisco.

His photographs are held in numerous collections, including The Art Complex Museum, The Boston Athenaeum, The Boston Public Library, State Street Bank, Fidelity Investments, Paramount Partners, Hitachi, Rayovac, 3 Com, and other corporate collections.

Information on workshops, classes, and tours, as well as examples of his work, can be seen on Lance's website, The Night Skye.

His thoughts on your Nighttime shots, and the Final 50:

"Night Photography is compelling for many reasons. Normally, the act of  'taking' a photograph is subtractive in nature. The photographer extracts an instant from time, freezing history on film in a fraction of a second. Night Photography is an additive process. The night is a canvas on which to build an image over the course of time. Minutes, or even hours, are compounded on top of each other, forced onto a single frame of film. Night Photography is the expression of time in a way that we cannot perceive with our own senses. We experience time as a continuous flow, but a Night Photograph is a representation of time compressed into a single moment.

"The things that I looked for when judging the 300 submitted photographs were: 

1. Atmosphere, mystery, and mood-suggestion is more important than literal interpretation in Night Photographs.

2. Technical mastery. A well-exposed, well-composed image. Those with a DSLR and post-processing software have a distinct advantage over those with straight-from-the-point-and-shoot jpgs.

3. A sense of playfulness and creativity.

"I want to say first that there were a number of compelling images that were not included in the final edit simply because they didn't fit within the parameters of the contest rules, or within my definition of what makes a strong night photograph. For example, there were several good fireworks shots that didn't make the cut not because they weren't well executed, but because I was looking for subject matter that went beyond the visual clichés of neon signs, postcard views, Christmas lights, and fireworks. There were also a number of good images that were taken at dusk, and the contest rules required that the submitted images were taken after it was completely dark.

"It was great to see so many really strong night images. It's obvious that the RAW Dawgs are passionate about photography!"

Okay, you've waited long enough. Here's the Final 50 Gallery. We'll put up the Voting Machine tomorrow.

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