Every photograph tells a story. When part of a body of work, the photograph takes on new meaning, becoming part of a bigger and more complete narrative. A portfolio allows the photographer to explore the complexities of their subject, and provide context that gives it richness and meaning that is more than the sum of its parts. Panopticon Gallery is pleased to share First Look 2023, our annual juried portfolio showcase, where five portfolios have been selected for exhibition on view from February through March 2023.
Austin Cullen, “A Natural History (Built to be Seen)”
A Natural History (Built to be Seen) catalogs the various ways the western natural world is presented and reconstructed within museums….
Porter Gifford, “Lingua Arborum”
Lingua Arborum deconstructs the visual expression of the beech tree, one of the most expressive of the great trees of the forest. The profound connection between humans and trees began eons ago when our ancestors lived in and among their branches….
Owen McCarter, “Three Eyed Fish”
I remember when we made our own fishing rods and caught trout in the bend by the old church. We returned home beaming, holding their lifeless bodies like treasured silver….
Ann Prochilo, “This Is Water”
It is inspired by a story shared by David Foster Wallace in a commencement speech: “There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, ‘Morning, boys. How’s the water?’…
Catherine Panebianco, “Anima Fabula”
Powerful animal connections have been a part of my life since I was a child. Using metaphor and symbolism, this series explores those intimate connection through the interpretation of animal and human spirit….
Juried by Alexa Cushing & Connor Noll