• Juror: Alison Brooks
    • From: San Francisco Bay Area, CA USA

    About the juror

    I have been involvedĀ  in photography for the last thirty years. As a primarily self-taught artist, I began in the black and white darkroom producing my first images using ‘old fashioned’ wet techniques. I progressed through color processing and printing and on to digitalĀ  darkroom methods. Despite the availability of current technology, I still prefer working in the traditional darkroom, especially for black and white images. I am especially fond of nineteenth-century processes and experimenting with printing
    on alternative substrates, such as glass, metal and stone. My current work involves a melding of art and science through the use of x rays of shells and botanical subjects.

    For fourteen years I owned and operated my own photography business. During that time I produced countless images for customers and instructed hundreds in darkroom and general photography techniques. I continually produced my own artistic images during this time, and plan to pursue fine art photography indefinitely. My ‘tools of the trade’ include everything from 35mm to 8x10 field cameras, as well as electrophotography, which uses no camera at all! I have photographed with microscopes, telescopes, kaleidoscopes and pinhole cameras, and I have often said that if anyone can figure out how to attach a lens to a kitchen sink, I will doubtless try that also.

    I have served as a photography judge for twenty years, working with camera clubs, county fairs, and other artistic competitions. I enjoy teaching and encouraging photographers of all skill levels, and find inspiration from their various viewpoints.