I was pleased to be nominated this past weekend for two images in the 2014 Photography Master’s Cup. The Master’s Cup is an international, juried exhibition of color photography. Tens of thousands of images are submitted annually and, from those, a selection of nominations are made for final consideration. I was nominated in the categories of abstract and still life. The image I’m most pleased with is this one.
I was twice nominated this year in the 2013 black and white Spider Awards, in the abstract category, and won an honorable mention for “Cracks.” This is my second and third nomination by the Spider Awards and my first win. See below for the press release, which contains a lot of pertinent details. I’m pretty excited, to be honest. It’s really an honor to be recognized for one’s work.
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BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS HONORS PHOTOGRAPHER ADONIRAM SIDES FROM U.S.A.
LONDON (20 October 2013) – Professional photographer Adoniram Sides of the U.S.A. was presented with the 8th Annual Black and White Spider Awards Honorable Mention in the category of Abstract at a prestigious Nomination & Winners PhotoShow. The live online ceremony webcast Saturday, October 19, 2013 was attended by photography fans in 75 countries who logged on to see the climax of the industry’s most important event for black and white photography.
The awards international Jury included captains of the industry from the Tate in London, Heffel Fine Art, FoMu Fotomuseum, FTM Advisory, Camera Work, Art Stage Singapore, Aeroplastics Contemporary, Galerie Baudoin Lebon in Paris, to Fratelli Alinari in Florence who honored Spider Fellows with 246 coveted title awards and 938 nominees in 14 categories.
“It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 9,456 entries we received this year,” said Basil O’Brien, the awards Creative Director. “Adoniram’s ‘Cracks,’ an exceptional image entered in the abstract category, represents black and white photography at its finest, and we’re pleased to present him with the title of Honorable Mention.”
BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS is the leading international award honoring excellence in black and white photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honors the finest images with the highest achievements in black and white photography.
A twenty image exhibition of my work will be showing at Fitchburg State University, on the media wall at the Conlon Arts Building. I created this portfolio of work for Fitchburg State specifically, focusing on patterns in nature that are best revealed through the passage of time. Some patterns are fleeting and captured best with unique ability of the camera to compress time into a single image. Other patterns are impossibly slow to comprehend and, in my opinion, meditative to behold.
The show will be running from October 10th to November 14th. More information can be found at the school’s cultural activities website.
The Black and White Spider Awards is judged by a “panel of the world’s most recognized experts from Tate, National Geographic, Fratelli Alinari, The Art Newspaper, Bonhams of London and more” and is considered “the industry’s most authoritative and important photographic event for black and white and mono art.”
I was nominated two weeks ago in the architectural category from thousands of applicants. This image was captured beneath the Hellgate bridge in New York City in overcast, waning light. Prints available upon request, from a limited edition of 25.
This is my first juried accolade for architectural work. Human structures really engage me when they’re in an aged or dilapidated state. I’m excited and honored to be recognized by such a distinguished panel.