Center for Photographic Art, Carmel
The Center for Photographic Art (CPA) is excited to announce the 2017 Members’ Juried Exhibition! This year we are offering $1000 in awards to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of our historic gallery space, founded by the Friends of Photography in 1967, and proudly continued by the Center for Photographic Art since 1988.
Jurors: Elizabeth Corden and Jan Potts, Corden | Potts Gallery, San Francisco.
ART & BEYOND Nude Special 2016
Congratulations to the Cover Competition Winners!
Allen Cook artwork “ECLIPSE” won the Front Cover for the Special issue.
The Inside Front Cover won Barbara Hazen for her work “EXCELLENT BEAUTY-series”.
The Back Cover won an artwork “Natural Beauty #2” by Michael Coakes.
And Inside Back Cover was awarded to Stephen Janton for his work “Dans La Lumiere“.
ART & BEYOND Nude Special 2015
Welcome to the Art & Beyond Annual Juried Special Issue; Nude and Figurative Art “The Body Beautiful”. Thank you to our amazing juror, Lilianne Milgrom for selecting a number of talented artists to showcase the many facets of fine art, sculpture and photography capturing the nude figure.
Cover Photo and Interview: Barbara Hazen
May 2014: CENTER Santa Fe
Choice Award Winner/ 2nd place-Gallerist’s Choice with selections from ‘Perfectly Imperfect’
GALLERIST’S CHOICE: Juror’s Statement
JUROR STEFFI SCHULZE, Gallery Management, Camera Work, Germany
First of all, I would like to express my thanks to all applicants for their diverse portfolios and for the opportunity to assess and evaluate the work. I am very impressed by the variety and diversity of the presented photographs.
Almost all of the submitted portfolios convinced with professionalism, creativity and technical knowledge. Corresponding to that, it was not an easy decision to choose three winners. Single images or whole stories needed to be able to leave a strong impression and catch your eye or your emotion.
For me, it is of utmost importance to see continuity, a personal handwriting, and images with a personal touch. Individual pictures aroused my interest directly, but the further photographs within the portfolio didn’t convince quite as much. In some portfolios, the idea behind the image or the story was terrific but the final result respectively the photograph was unfortunately not that persuasive to go for the next round.
Creativity, craftsmanship, continuity and ability are the important factors, which I saw in most of the submitted portfolios.
In particular I was impressed by those portfolios, which documented either a political or a private story and presented a balanced mix between portraits and still life.
Finally I decided for the three portfolios by Jeanine Michna Bale, Barbara Hazen and Ryan Zoghlin – although are very different, they were touching in a very special way. In my opinion they are outstanding, because of the dramaturgy of light, the composition and the preservation of old photographic techniques that merge with modern aesthetics.
— Steffi Schulze, Gallery Management, Camera Work, Germany
THINGS HAD BEEN pretty sweet for Barbara Hazen for a long time — literally and figuratively.
The professional baker and former Postrio pastry chef had her all-natural Sablés Gourmet Cookie Dough line in some 50 food markets, and she was planning to add a savory cracker line. Then the recession hit.
“Because I was probably in the smallest category in the markets and at the highest end of that particular category, cookie dough, it was the first thing that went from the shelves,” the 54-year-old Mill Valley resident says.
Like many baby boomers, Hazen reinvented herself at midlife, trading in flour and sugar for darkroom chemicals, at first, and then digital technology. In less than two years, Hazen has taken a lifelong hobby and passion — photography — and turned it into her profession.
“It was serendipitous,” she says of the recession.
Some 27 of her photographs are featured in “Time Piece,” the opening exhibit of the digital photography and printing business Image Flow’s new space in Mill Valley, in the small shopping center tucked behind the Marin Theatre Company.
As different as profiteroles and photos may seem, the skills needed to create them aren’t, she says.
“They’re remarkably similar,” she says. “You need to be very creative, intelligent, you need to be very visual, when I had a darkroom, it involved chemistry, working with your hands. It’s almost scientific in pastries; if you mismeasure, it doesn’t work. In photography, in the darkroom, if you don’t time things correctly, it doesn’t work.”
That doesn’t mean photography came easily. Hazen had taken photography classes at College of Marin and San Francisco State University. Her first photographs were photojournalistic, and winning first place in the “Dark Side of Mill Valley” category in the city’s 2010 Click Off competition as well as being accepted in a magazine and a few photography shows gave her some validation. But it was the classes she took at the Image Flow that gave her much of her technological and photographic savvy, especially when she switched from street photography to using a macro lens, which she used in “Time Piece,” close-ups of watch parts she’d collected over the years.
“The series is absolutely great,” raves owner Stuart Schwartz, who showed the exhibit in May at Image Flow’s original location just a few doors from its new enlarged studio and classroom. “It’s technically exciting, it’s well photographed and, on the creative end, she explored every possibility to explore.”
Of course, Schwartz taught Hazen and pushed her — hard — to explore all those possibilities.
“I can feel out who I can push and who I can’t,” he says.
When she first began photographing watch parts — an interest she picked up from visiting flea markets — Schwartz gave her some pointers on things like lighting and exposure. A few months later, she showed him a new batch of images she took after following his advice.
“He said, ‘Better. What else?’ At the time I didn’t understand. It finally dawned on me that he wasn’t asking, ‘Do you have a different f-stop?’ He was asking me, what else can you do with this object that would present itself in a unique or creative way? Why are you only photographing it as a still-life object?” she says. “It was the first time in a very long time that anybody had encouraged me to draw outside the lines, so to speak, to do something different. I felt liberated.”
That was the aha moment for her project. Noting in her artist’s statement that she’s attracted to the things we often overlook or ignore, Hazen says she hopes her images encourage others to “be curious and to observe the bit of mystery in all things, to bring light and life to that which we don’t understand.”
And she also hopes to turn her passion into an income-making career.
“If I can at least break even so I can turn around and do it again, I would be thrilled,” she says.
But there’s just no way she’s going back to making cookie dough, although she’s not against baking cookies for her family — husband Bill and their three daughters, ages 16, 18 and 20 — and friends.
“Only on request.”
BLOG POST on TIME PIECE series by Martin Lesinski