FIRST PLACE - "A Summer Pavillion II"
I am super excited to announce that my photo (seen below) won FIRST PLACE in the juried group art exhibition "A Summer Pavilion II" at the Alpha Art Gallery in New Brunswick, NJ. The show was sponsored by the Milburn-Short Hills Art Center (M-SHAC) and I am very grateful to M-SHAC and juror Jeffrey Wechsler for recognizing my work. M-SHAC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support New Jersey visual artists. The Alfa Art Gallery is also a non-profit and is dedicated to enriching the cultural life of New Brunswick and surrounding areas. You can find out more information about the show here. You can see more photos from this collection here and you can learn how I made these photos on my YouTube video.
This is what the Juror Jeffery Wechsler had to say: "In an effective artwork, a complementary interaction of the medium and technique with the image is often significant, and this factors into the choices for this exhibition's award-winning entries. As a prime example, Peter Alessandria's photograph of figures at the New Jersey shore takes a sometimes cliché-ridden technique -- multiple exposure [NOTE: I actually shot this in one long 30 second exposure] -- and cleverly and carefully controls it to enhance the image both conceptually and compositionally. Given the shifting effects of the figures, the unmoving shovel in the foreground becomes a focal, commanding presence. The slight blurring of the figure at the right offers an intermediary hint of motion that is quite unexpected and intriguing. Also, the colors of the scene emphasize a visual give-and-take between areas of bright primaries -- red, blue, and yellow -- producing a strong, almost classical composition that binds together the whole image."
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