Imperial Sand Dunes; Glamis, California by Rich Frishman
© 2013 Rich Frishman
First Prize.
      Juror's Comment

      From Kim Komenich:

      "At first glance, the photograph is showing us a man-nature interaction of epic, some would say tragic, proportion.

      "The accumulation of hundreds of individual images and the placement of them in a panorama so precisely crafted is the latest incarnation of Rejlander's Two Ways of Life.

      "The image passes itself off as a fact, helping to redefine the line between Documentary and Fine Art."

      From Tom Till:

      "Congratulations to Rich for a well-deserved win with this great image. What struck me besides the technical expertise of the compositing was that the image didn't look unreal. Also, it really doesn't matter if all that was happening at once, it terms of the impact, it was.

      "This image had a very personal meaning for me, since I live in a community in Utah that has been invaded by ATV's. The destruction they are causing in my area is stunning. I like the fact that the image can be seen as a celebration of the destruction or a criticism, depending on your feelings about this activity. I don't know what you intended, but to me it's a great rendering of environmental devastation.

      "Rich - Please come to Utah some time and photograph some of our 'sacrifice' areas with this technique."

      From Crista Dix:

      "Rich’s ability to create a complex, intricately constructed photograph, retaining scale and visual interest in this small size is critical to the success of this image. The level of detail, composition and the fluid movement of the dune buggies all make for an engaging and interactive work. It’s a photograph I would come back to over and over, still finding new details I had missed before."


    • Title: Imperial Sand Dunes; Glamis, California
    • Artist: Rich Frishman
    • From: Langley, WA USA

    • e-mail: rich@frishphoto.com
    • Phone: + 1 (360) 221-1984
    • Website: www.frishphoto.com
    • Address: PO Box 1213
      Langley, WA 98260, USA

    Artist Statement

    "Sometimes reality is more complex than a single moment can reveal. We each create our own personal tapestries of memory by assembling a myriad of individual threads: the smell of a French fries, the sound of conversation, the sight of dappled colors, the feel of the warm sun. Similarly my images are created from many discrete photographs, weaving them together to form a single image. The complexity of these composites is not always obvious. They appear to be a single moment.

    "This panorama is actually composed of over 200 images shot over 3 days. The sounds I heard and the energy I felt when I found this view were almost overwhelming, but at any given 1/1000th of a second I might only see one dune buggy. Over the course of just one afternoon I would see hundreds, so I set out to convey this incredible scene over time. This is how it felt to me."