Last Call for Down and Out

Last Call for Down and Out

Call for Photography: Down and Out

Entry Deadline: November 15, 2009
Exhibition in Portland: February 5-27, 2010

Down and Out is the theme for this year’s New Directions, the annual juried photography show sponsored by Wall Space Gallery in Seattle, which seeks to discover new talent in the world of photography. 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland will host this exhibition, the fourth annual New Directions in February following its Seattle premier. This year’s juror is Carol McCusker, PhD, Curator of Photography at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) in San Diego.

According to McCusker, “The call for entries seeks photographs with two points of view, looking down from a high vantage point, and looking out to a vanishing horizon. What I hope the photographs provide, however, is pleasure in the variety of ways ‘down’ and ‘out’ can be imaged, and what emotional liberation such points-of-view can have on our often confined and overly responsible psyches. Numerous painters and photographers have employed these vantage points, and subsequently run the risk of cliché. The optimist in me delights at the disorienting perspective of looking down whereby familiar objects become abstract and dizzyingly beautiful, to looking out, with that forward motion promising adventure or escape.”

Photo credit: © Margaret Bourke-White