Unmasked: Photographic Portraits After 2020

What better way to emerge from winter and the worst of COVID-19 than with a visual celebration of our community? That’s the aim of “Unmasked: Photographic Portraits After 2020,” a community generated exhibition of cell phone portraits. All submissions will be displayed in our beautiful new space. 

We invite entries from everyone--all ages and all abilities. If you have a cell phone and a creative spirit, you are an artist! Portraits should feature your family, friends, neighbors and other members of our community. They can be in color or black and white. Please send your best portrait(s) to sddlibrary@gmail.com. Include your name, contact information and a brief description of your portrait(s).
Deadline for submissions is May 15, 2021. 

If you would like the chance to improve your photography skills, Kim Zahnow, a professional photographer whose specialties include portraiture, offered a live Zoom webinar on Tuesday, March 23 at 7:00 pm. She will be showed some of her work, offered helpful tips, and answered questions. Click the link if you'd like to watch the recording: Watch the Zoom recording HERE.

The Library is hosting this exhibition in partnership with the newly formed Saugatuck-Douglas-Fennville Arts Initiative. The exhibition is made possible through the generous support West Shore Aware. 

Local photographers Kim Zahnow and Scott Sullivan will be reviewing submissions and will choose a number of featured photographs. Their final selections will be based on the following criteria: 

  • Adherence/Appropriate to Theme: COVID-19 or not, “Unmasked” suggests there is more to people than first meets the eye. Subjects and/or settings should be expressive of this time and this community. 

  • Creativity: Does the portrait convey something about its subject? How did the photographer use the image to convey/express that?

  • Composition: How well did the photographer use available space in the photograph? Does the image bring visual elements together with the purpose of connecting us to the subject? 

  • Focus: Is the subject in focus? (If intended to be sharp, is it? Or if using creative expressions, is the subject blurred intentionally?) Did the photographer achieve his/her goal? 

  • Impact: Do all the elements in the picture work together to produce a pleasing result? Does the portrait connect you to the subject? Tell a story? Do we feel impacted emotionally by the portrait?