1650 Gallery presents:

Juried Art Exhibition
Shakey, Smeared & Soft Focus Photography

Submissions Deadline:
Sunday, January 7, 2018

Saturday, January 20
7:30 - 10:30pm

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BLURRY Photography Exhibition
Photo Credit: "Los Angeles" by Debbie Zeitman

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1650 Gallery is hosting the juried photography exhibition
Shakey, Smeared & Soft Focus Photography

BLURRY Photography Exhibition

Perhaps the most rebellious act of the fine art photographer is to choose to abandon sharpness as the holy grail of image-making. Camera manufacturers constantly assail us with the notion that their cameras and optics are "tack-sharp," "pin-sharp' and “razor-sharp." But as any of us who have seen the movie Risky Business know, sometimes you just have to say "*@#$ it!" and get fast and loose with the focus ring; literally and figuratively! Going Blurry is a bit like going rogue — leaving the uptight suit and tie sharpness geeks behind to go upstate and work on a communal farm where optical correctness is a thing of the past, and soft focus, motion blur, visual smearing and a general sharpness-challenged culture of permissiveness is the order of the day! We’re not saying you won’t have some down days — the sharpness police always have their say after all. But at least when your Uncle Jim visits your gallery show, stares at your work quizzically and mumbles “Looks a little blurry!” you can proudly smile and declare "I know — thanks for noticing!"

This month at 1650 we embrace your smeared, stretched, soft and shaken side, so set that shutter long, twist that lens fully wide and crank that focus ring until it’s so wrong it feels just right. Join us as we let our hair down, leave our eyeglasses at home, go full loosey-goosey and enter the wonderful world of Blurry!

Approximately fifty works will be chosen from submitted photos to be included in the BLURRY group photography exhibition at 1650 Gallery in Los Angeles.

There is an entry fee of $35 for up to 5 images. Additional entries may be submitted for $5 each.

We offer free matting and framing for accepted photographs that fit our pre-cut mat sizes for the duration of the exhibition. We have a variety of frames and mats to choose from.

We will also print your photo for a nominal fee if you are accepted into the show and would prefer not to mail a print.

Selected artists may choose to offer their work for sale. The gallery retains 50% sales commission.

AWARDS: Best In Show, 2nd Place and 3rd Place will be awarded and posted online after the show opening. Award winning photos will be featured on the show page and Best In Show winners will have a small portfolio of their work (up to 10 images) featured in our 1650 Spotlight gallery of photographic excellence.

All Awards winners will also be featured in our 1650 Gallery newsletter, which is broadcast via email to our mailing list. Getting the word out about artists we're excited about helps you do more great work, helps us show more great work, and helps keep the often insular world of fine art photography more diverse and vibrant.

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BLURRY Photography Exhibition

Photo Credits:
TOP (L-R) "Carousel" by Nick Winkworth, In Motion 2014 ; "Fred II" by Deanna Pizzitelli, What's New Pussycat? 2012 ; "Three bathers" by Amy Kanka, Splash 2015. BOTTOM (L-R) "Birches" by Paula Laverty, Abstracts 2015 ; "iRainbow" by Suzan Mandla, Abstracts 2015 ; "Christmas in Monterey" by Nick Winkworth, In Motion 2014

Questions? Please email us at 1650gallery@gmail.com

Good luck and hope to see you at the opening reception!