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North Coast Lens 2023

A judged member & non-member exhibition with $1,000 in awards.

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July 19th - August 18th

Rules Governing the Exhibition
Online Entry: Saturday, July 1st - Friday, July 14th at 7:00 pm
Entry Day: Saturday, July 15th
Pick-Up Day: Friday August 18 4-5pm & Saturday August 19th 10am-3pm

Judge: Rebekah Burgess

Rebekah Burgess, PhD, is a photographer, photo historian and works-on-paper collections specialist. Born and raised in Humboldt County, Burgess started practicing photography at an early age, learning how to develop film and prints in her stepfather's darkroom. Rebekah's first opportunity to show her work was in a two-person Mother-Daughter exhibit at Plaza Design in 1992 entitled 'Points of View'. Since then she has been honored to show her imagery in a handful of local solo and two-person shows, as well as group shows in the Bay Area and New York City. Driven by her love of photography, Rebekah received a PhD in Photo History, working in Photography, Drawings, Prints, and Map collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum, Life Magazine, and the New York City Department of Parks. With decades of hands-on work with some of the world’s finest prints, Rebekah brings a thoughtful and enthusiastic eye to the boundless possibilities of creativity within the photographic medium. We welcome Rebekah back home to Humboldt after a lengthy and successful career in New York City.

Thank you to the Redwood Art Association for having me in to participate with this show. Thank you artists, for sharing your extraordinary work! I was stunned by the incredible talent and heart displayed on these gallery walls. About twenty years ago I juried a photo show in Humboldt County. Thinking back to the work in that exhibit, digital media was in its nascent phase, inching in among the traditional photographic formats. Its applications and implications in photography were just starting to dawn on us as photographers.

Looking around the entries this year, I’m so excited by the array of creative and unique ways people are using and evolving the media, both in pixels and pigment. It allows us to work with light in entirely new ways, to invigorate historical processes, this huge spectrum that photography encompasses keeps expanding.

I’m struck by the way many of these images are in dialogue with one another throughout the gallery – some thematically, or by process, or by tone. I encourage you to take in that interaction of how these pieces reflect and correspond to one another. On that note, I urge all participating artists to start this conversation with each other, too – it will enrich your work.

This month shares the photographer Adam Fuss’ birthday and I read a quote from him that seems so fitting for this assembled group of imagery: “I feel that what’s important is an image, and how you get to that image – I don’t want any rule on that. I want the freedom to do a photogram use a point and shoot camera, make a camera, use a scanner, I don’t think it matters, it’s the image that’s critical.”

- Rebekah Burgess, July 18, 2023


Best in Show  David Mast Grass, Oaks & Redwoods, Bald Hills;  1st Place  William Pierson Morning Flight Over Hitchko Field;  2nd Place  Vaughn Hutchins Pine, El Capitan Meadow, 2020  3rd Place  Stilson Snow Vishnu

Redwood Camera Club Founder’s Award Rick Gustafson  Mesquite Flat Sunrise; Peter Palmquist Award Kit Lynn Three Sail Boats; Experimental Excellence  Sharon Falk-Carlsen Dragons live here

Award of Merit  Stephen Kamelgarn Sand Shadows 1 2020; William Pierson Passing Clouds; Pamela Cone Old Coot; Ryan Farmer  Chiiĝuyaakaẋ, Song sparrow; Ryan Farmer Santa Gnarbara

Honorable Mention  Rick Gustafson La Maison Rose; Terryl Allen Pelican Explosion, Klopp Lake; Diana Schoenfeld Botany for Public Schools; Jimmy Callian Comet Neowise over Trinidad

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