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RESULTS – ‘Interiors’- PhoozL


RESULTS – ‘Interiors’

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The ‘Interiors’ contest brought some fascinating photos together. Judge C. David Tobie comments:

“This was an interesting and varied group of images, making the judging process challenging. There were unique and challenging concepts of ‘interior’ and strong compositions telling interesting stories. I had never, for example, considered the inside of automobiles as interiors, as a number of participants did.”

“The primary contest description from me was: ‘Interiors: Light, on Forms, In Space; in a manner that defines an interior.’ And those were the key criteria for judging the contest. Let’s take a look at the winners I’ve picked through that lens, as well as a few other filters that I explain with each selection.”

— C. David Tobie, cdtobie.com or cdtobie.wordpress.com

(click here for the Gallery of submitted images)
(click here for 2013 Winners Showcase for Weekly Wednesdays contests)
(click here for 2013 PhoozL Points tally for Weekly Wednesdays contests)
(click here for this contest’s Instructions & Rules and information about the Judge)


(NOTE: click or tap on the images for larger views)

First Place
by Kay Beausoleil
“Toward the Light”
Judge’s Comment: This black-and-white image has several powerful elements. One is verticality; of the architecture, and of the image crop. Another is a powerful play of light and dark. While a full tonal range is represented, the image is not gray; it is predominantly black and white. And yet textures play a major role in the image as well. The strong one-point perspective of the image is another key element, and the point of highest contrast is also the vanishing point of the perspective, which also aligns with the head of the person in the image. This is not the first time a person in silhouette at the vanishing point of a one-point perspective has been a winner in a contest I judged; it is a very powerful and symbolic configuration, and here it is used to full effect.
Gallery Photo Detail Page


Second Place
by Johnson Earls (foxprimephotos)
“In the Garden House”
Judge’s Comment: This image has a strong sense of forms in space, under light as well. But instead of grandeur and symmetry, it is a masterful detail image, a still life telling a small, compelling story. The out-of-focus foreground element provides depth, as well as adding to the informal, quirky nature of the shot. The bit of interesting architecture glimpsed through the window adds to the richness of the story. And the low level of the camera adds an unusual, even childish, touch. The composition is a satisfying mix of symmetrical and asymmetrical elements, with light and contrast leading the eye throughout the image. The limited palette of greens and earthtones provides a painterly feeling. Small gems like this are deceptively difficult to create.
Gallery Photo Detail Page


Third Place
by Gowtham
“Old Kitchen Window”
Judge’s Comment: This prize winner is also a black-and-white image, emphasizing light and texture as only black and white can do. This still life of a partly open window expresses the relationship between the interior and the exterior in a particularly satisfying way. The Dutch Masters realized the power of a dark interior with a single light source, and this theme has been used successfully all the way forward to the Modernist Architect Le Corbusier, who based an entire church on the principle. Here a humble, weathered window with one open shutter defines space, and form, and texture. The balance of compositional elements, and the densities of the interior surfaces conspire to move the eye effectively about the image.
Gallery Photo Detail Page


Honorable Mentions

More winning images, not presented in any order or ranking…
(click here to see the Gallery of all submitted images)

by Stefano M
Judge’s Comment: This classic interior shot of a spiral stair is a study of forms in space under light. Lighting illuminates the center of the stair, and the arrangement there, from above. The dimmer illumination of the rear wall of the stair, compared to the front wall, produces a powerful sense of depth and richness. The eye follows the brightest elements up the curve of the front of the stair, and then glides back down the darker tones of the rear of the stair like a child sliding down the banister. The rich blues of the floor and steps contrasts effectively against the earthy tones of the marble.
Gallery Photo Detail Page


by highevolutionary
“Venetian Interiors Three”
Judge’s Comment: The entire series of related images that were submitted were excellent. But this example was chosen above the others as a superb example of color. HDR imaging can exaggerate color, as well as detail and texture, in ways that are quite artificial. Yet it can also be used to create artistic relationships, as has been done here. In a non-HDR image, the brilliant metallic tones of the espresso machine would have had little relationship to the other colors in the room, even though they are reflections of them. Here, by bringing up all the elements in the room to near-metallic tones, the relationship between the room’s color scheme and the colors in the metallic reflections are visually connected. The entire room is colorfully radiant in a manner not unlike a well-polished espresso machine.
Gallery Photo Detail Page


by Helen Mulvey
Judge’s Comment: This iconic spiral stair is so famous, that images of it were submitted to this contest by different contestants. Spiral stairs are typically shot in a way that emphasizes their spiral nature. Here the angle produces closed oblongs instead of a continuous spiral, offering a more unique perspective on a familiar form. This shot was picked for its excellent definition of interior space, through the light defining the receding levels of the staircase, and the added interest of the people captured in the photo. People add a sense of scale to architectural images, especially when the architectural elements are monumental, and so not easy to determine the size without the assistance of people in the image. The people on the lower floor add life, motion, and color to the image, keeping it from being abstract or lifeless.
Gallery Photo Detail Page


Congratulations to winners and thanks to all who participated in this ‘Interiors’ photo contest, and to our judge: C. David Tobie. Don’t forget that new “Weekly Wednesdays” contests are already live or being planned. Get in the Weekly Wednesdays photo habit!

Harald Johnson
(aka AdminHarald)

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