Long Island Photo Gallery’s Butterflies Juried Exhibit Reception was wonderful! We were able to celebrate the arrival of spring and experienced the magical world of butterflies! Butterflies encompass a vast variety of colors and charm. A symbol of change and growth, butterfly art seems to resonate with a soft spot in us all. This reception was well attended and made for a beautiful start to the gallery’s metamorphosis.
Juror: Deidre Elzer-Lento, President of the Huntington Camera Club
Long Island Photo Gallery is also thrilled to present the virtual Juried Butterflies Exhibit. View all of the artwork within this exhibit from the comfort of your couch!
Congratulations to these artists for being selected in this fine art exhibit: Jack Calandra, Anne Cognato, Steve Danielson, Krystle DiNicola, Anthony Graziano, Claude Goodwin, Debbie Kittner, Bertram Mack, Melissa Maiello, Lynn Sedler, Jessica O’Sullivan, Dawn Reilly, Keith Rossein, James Slezak, Bobbie Turner, and Brooke Walsh
I believe that photography is an art as much as it is a skill. Your vision is in your photograph. When entering a contest you are putting your work up against someone else’s and mine is only one opinion. If you didn’t place in this competition know that your work is lovely and if you are happy with it, then that is all that matters. For those images that did place, congratulations. Your image stood out from the rest!
When judging a photo I look for impact. I judge on light, composition and background. I ask the following questions when looking at an image. Is the lighting appropriate for the mood? Are any highlights blown out? Does the image tell a story? The composition should support the subject of the image and anything else should not take my attention away from it. That would include bright spots, distracting backgrounds, and/or a blurry subject.
Honorable Mention is presented to: “Painterly Butterfly” by Bobbie Turner
This image is moody. The texture creates the feeling. The vignette draws your eye to the upper center of the image while the flower and the butterfly each command their own space. The choice of printing style compliments this image and makes it even stronger.
Honorable Mention is presented to: “Hiding In The Dill” by Dawn Reilly
This image is a lovely interpretation of the theme. Although the caterpillar is dead center this image works beautifully. The tonality is lovely.
Honorable Mention is presented to: “Butterfly Close Up” by Keith Rossein.
This image has a diagonal line right through a white background making it very dramatic. The rectangular framing choice exaggerates the diagonal line. The butterfly is crisp, the tonality is lovely. It is nice to see the face so clearly.
3rd place: Is awarded to “The Butterfly Effect” by Krystle DiNicola.
This image screams creativity. It looks like a watercolor painting. It has dimension, texture, a pleasing color palette and it makes me want to stay and look a little longer. The framing choice was good as well because it doesn’t distract from the image.
2nd Place: Is Awarded to “Malachite” by Dawn Reilly
What a lovely color palette. The yellow of the flower flows right into the yellow butterfly. The separation isn’t needed as it makes them seem as one with nature. This image is clear crisp, and framed to complement.
1st Place is presented to “Black And White Butterfly” by Bobbie Turner.
This image is crisp, clear and inviting. I want to stay a while and look at it. Being in black and white the details become so much more important because the color does not distract the viewer’s eye. The stem is perfectly exposed to reveal itself but not distract from the flower and the butterfly. The framing is lovely as well. Great job!
The Butterflies Exhibit will be on display until June 20th, 2021 at Long Island Photo Gallery. The gallery is located at 467 Main Street in Islip, New York. All artwork within the exhibit is on display and available for purchase. Please visit or call the gallery with any inquiries at 1(888) 600-5474. You can also shop online with our online fine art catalog; Photo Art Pavilion.
Long Island Photo Gallery is committed to representing award-winning, professional and emerging artists in photography. We are proud to have been displaying and selling custom, fine photographic art since 2007.