Naomi Silva apparently has a recurring dream: serving as jurist for the Atlanta Photography Group's In Your Dreams competition ("Journey's End" by David Swann pictured). Silva returns for this year's exhibition, which runs May 2-June 20 at APG. There will be a reception Friday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m., and a juror's talk June 21.
Were you worried about getting a bunch of fish-eye-lensed or consciously out-of-focus or otherwise manipulated images?
I juried this show in 2006. Prior to doing that, the thought crossed my mind that I would probably be viewing several submissions to this theme that were typical of "dream" interpretations. Then again, knowing that the Atlanta Photography Group's membership consists of primarily professional and emerging photographers, I was not surprised that the submissions were very innovative and technically well-executed.
What surprised you most about the entries in this year's exhibition?
Most of the dream interpretations were expressed in vivid color images. Creative people dream in color, I guess.
What does this exhibition say about the state of photography in Atlanta?
Judging from the previous exhibitions at APG and my experience with In Your Dreams, 2006 and 2008, it is very exciting to witness the evolution and direction of Atlanta's photographic visions. For example, my gallery is currently exhibiting works by Dr. Lily E. Smernou, Studies in Arts and Sciences. The works consist of images shot over the years and some works took five years to complete. Each work is made up of a minimum of 10 to a maximum of 70 images all woven together in the computer to create one seamless "vignette."
This is indicative of the level of complexity evident in many of the images I have seen created by Atlanta's photographic community.
What, if any, was the most "nightmarish" work?
I think this is so subjective – what's "nightmarish" to one person's interpretation may not even faze another. Having said that, there are a couple of very strong images for me personally that conjures up some "scary thoughts." The exhibit consists of 46 very thought-provoking, fanciful, imaginative, uniquely concepted, subjective "dreamy" interpretations that I think will appeal to each viewer in very diverse ways.
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