Is This How I Look?

tbellphotographic studio|gallery

August 19 - September 4, 2011

  • Juror: Ken Hamel, photographer, curator and and founder|director of
  • Curator: Terri Bell, fine art photographer, mixed media artist and designer, tbellphotographic
  • Opening Reception: Friday August 19th from 6-9pm



Jesse Myers - Chelsea

Photographer Adriana Reyes Newell - photo by Ken Hamel/

photos by Ken Hamel/

(from the press release)

tbellphotographic studio|gallery, is pleased to present "Is This How I Look?," a juried figurative photography show. The show opens with an artists' reception on August 19 and will run through September 4, 2011. The international call for entries encouraged photographers to define themselves or others through figurative photography based on the following: Have you ever taken a self portrait that changes the way you see yourself or how others see you? Maybe you've photographed another person who was surprised at how much the capture of a slight gesture or facial expression has revealed about them in just a single image. The camera can provide insight, or intimidate, preserve memories or inspire new directions, but it's oh so wonderful when a figurative photograph captures that extra little fleeting "something" that says so much about a person, their environment, their personality, their circumstances, etc. -- a photograph that inspires the subject to ask "Is This How I Look?" The show features 25 images by 25 photographic artists, representing seven states and two countries.

Featured Artists: Cheryl Bailey, Sara Bell Husson, Grace Castellanos, A.M. Clark, Pinque Clark, Sue Crosby Doyle, Deborah Davis, Kristin Dell'orso, Zya Dissolve, Robin Hurley, Deanna Lowman, Joan MacDonald, Laura McGee, Jesse Meyers, Marti Neveln, Adriana Reyes Newell, Robin Ohlsson, Keith Parks, Barbara Pettibone, Daria Pirnia, Shannon Piserchio, Lynne Scholfield, Joy Schwartz, Alexandra Sheremet, Sara Williams

Juror's Statement: For tbellphotgraphic's current group show "Is This How I Look?" photographers were asked to transcend the surface and capture an "extra fleeting something" about their subjects or themselves through a medium that more and more is defined by social media snapshots than an exploration of introspective moments. I was surprised at how well the participants took the theme to task with almost 150 engaging portraits of varied subjects submitted from across the US. As I reviewed the entries, little by little I found these emotional images working their way into my consciousness to form a personal narrative of how we look at ourselves and our closest friends through the lens. That we were able to decide on 25 images by 25 artists was a testament to the quality of the submissions, but without question a few strong works fell outside the emerging storyline and just didn't support making the whole greater than the sum of the individual parts. And the final exhibition, very ably curated by Terri Bell in an intimate space, does indeed tell an intimate story about how we look when looked at thoughtfully. - Ken Hamel/

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