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David Richard McClendon • Stephen Weissner • Stuey B • Maureen Ruddy Burkhart • Rupert Vandervell
Frank Machalowski • John Glynn
We are proud to present the Adore Noir, 2014 Portfolio Contest issue! Thank you for all your entries, it was not easy to choose the winners amongst all of the fantastic entries we received. We could not stop staring at David Richard McClendon’s portraits, his subjects look back at you with an engaging presence. His photos capture the essence of each person’s humanity, one can see the smiling behind some of the eyes and the shyness in another’s. It’s as if we’ve seen these faces before, perhaps they are a reflection of who we are. Congratulations David!
Stephen Wiessner’s series is taken on an island where fog and mist serve as part of the island’s photographic story; it was a previous convict penal establishment. The figures in the mist are both sharp and shaded, leaving us to fill in what might have once been.
Maureen Ruddy Burkhart’s photos take us into what is. Her series captures intimate moments in Kenyan life; the one with a young girl, with hands on her hips, staring back at the camera is particularly enchanting. Burkhart’s lens is the vehicle through which the humanity and joy of a marginalized people is shown. She says, “I hope viewers will see past the poverty without ignoring it.”
Frank Machalowski fools us for a minute, would a rhinoceros really be walking through those woods, a panda around the corner and a kangaroo jumping through what just might be one of Alice in Wonderland’s dreams.
Stuey B documents the “Remarkable Rocks” of Kangaroo Island, Australia, in his series, Still In Motion: “Here was a collection of enormous, eroded, granite boulders, sitting atop a dome of lava, spewed from the earth’s belly about 200 million years ago…it was only wind and rain that had since carved these rocks into what look like monumental Henry Moore sculptures.” Stuey’s photos capture the heaviness of the rocks, but along with their weight, there is an inexplicable lightness to their presence. The storms that have passed through them, the wind that blows over them and the rain that certainly pours over them has made them what they are. Changing. Slowly over time, just like most humans. We take our time with change, generally we don’t like it very much.
In Rupert Vandervell’s series, Man On Earth, he beautifully captures the “dramatic contrast between the
urban background and the small but important presence of human life.” His series portrays isolation in an ever growing population.
John Glynn talks about the iPhone and how the camera, apps and the most recent iPhone technology are able to deliver photos that would have normally not been possible without sophisticated camera equipment and software. The future of photography is not in question. There will always be pictures. They are integral to unraveling the mystery of what it means to be human.
Sandra Djak Kovacs
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