Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Out of Chicago Spring Photography Conference

EXCITING NEWS! This year Tom and I will be teaching alongside several of awesome photographers at the Out of Chicago Spring Photography Conference. It’s taking place in Grayslake, Illinois from April 27-28, 2019 and I would love for you to join me.

Use the discount code SPRING when you register to get $50 off. Spaces are filling fast.

For more information, visit

Check out the OUT OF CHICAGO Spring Photography Conference April 27 – 28, 2019 

Over two dozen photographers will share their knowledge in landscape, travel, portraiture, flower, architecture photography and more. From inspiring presentations to hands-on interactive sessions, get out and play with your creative passion.

Out of Chicago’s Spring Photography Conference is a two-day, hands-on photography conference, where you can immerse yourself and explore all genres of photography over one weekend. Plus, connect with a community of people that are as passionate about photography as you.

Highlights include:
• 30+ daily classes and interactive sessions ranging from landscape, travel, portraiture, flower, architecture photography and more.
• 24+ photographers with different techniques and perspectives for you to learn all under one roof.
• Shootout stations will be set up for you to practice all the things you learn over the weekend.
• Vendor exhibition with new products and more.

Monday, March 25, 2019

TOPS in CT Best Cityscape and Best Portrait

The Tops in Connecticut show and CAP dinner are scheduled for April 6, 2019. Deadline for receipt of reservations is March 28, 2019. The show will contain 101 images selected at the judging last December along with commentary written by some of Connecticut's most experienced photographers. Come and see the excellent and varied work by many talented Connecticut Photographers.
  • Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019
  • Time: Show begins at 5 p.m. followed by a short business meeting and presentation of the awards followed by a buffet dinner
  • Location: Whitney Center, 200 Leeder Road, Hamden, CT
  • Cost: $25 per person

TOPS in Connecticut is a bi-annual competition run by the Connecticut Association of Photographers. They had 740 images entered into the competition (by 125 Connecticut photographers) and they accepted 101 images for the show. 

Tom and I got three images into the show and we earned Best Cityscape and Best Portrait.

Lisa's image "Spark Face" was accepted into the Portrait Exhibit at The Darkroom Gallery ( Essex Jct., VT)

Lisa's image "Spark Face" was accepted into the Portrait Exhibit 

at The Darkroom Gallery ( Essex Jct., VT)

Selections for The Portrait by juror Amy Holmes George are now posted on our website. See them here:

The Portrait
EXHIBIT OPENS ON April 4th, 2019
Artists' Reception scheduled for April 13th, 2019
Juror: Amy Holmes George

Gallery Info The Darkroom Gallery
12 Main St. Essex Jct., VT 05452-3132
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11:00-4:00 and by appt.  802-777-FOTO(3686)

The Darkroom Gallery is dedicated to recognizing photographers and exposing their work to the public. 

A portrait! What could be more simple and more complex, more obvious and more profound.

The above quotation comes not from a photographer, but from 19th century French poet (and art critic) Charles Baudelaire. It's still an accurate observation, maybe even more incisive with the many changes in image-making that have taken place since 1859.  In the age of the selfie and ubiquitous photos of people both famous and unknown it's sometimes hard to imagine a new way of presenting a human likeness, and yet photographers are doing it.  It's said that the portrait differs from the candid (or street) photo in that the subject of the portrait knows that she or he is being photographed, and even that caveat is no longer a hard and fast rule.

For this exhibition, we asked contributors to interpret the portrait in any way they chose. It could be a self-portrait, a formal portrait, a from-the-hip shot of someone whose attention was caught, or even a random body part. Manipulation of the image was permitted as long as the primary subject was from a photographic source in any medium.  Thinking, or seeing, outside the box was very much encouraged, and many of the contributors stretched the concept of the portrait to the extreme. The result is an eclectic exhibit of creative approaches to photographing people (and one rooster).

Exhibit Opens: 4 April 19
Artists' Reception: 13 April 19 17:00
Exhibit Closes: 12 May 19

Juror's Statement:
"First, I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all the artists for sharing their personal vision in photography with me! You made my task as juror both challenging and rewarding. I was genuinely excited to discover so much diversity in approach and technique, along with rich, creative interpretations on such a traditional and timeless theme. It seems that photography, a medium of limitless possibilities, has enabled artists to refresh and also reinvent the familiar, long-standing conventions of portraiture. From quiet to compelling, simple to complex, curious to captivating—the works selected for this exhibition range widely in visual as well as conceptual exploration, conjuring stories that exist beyond the frame, surprising me over and over again with something unexpected."
- Amy Holmes George, March 2019

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Tom & I both had photographs accepted in the Shoreline Art Alliance Images 2019 Exhibition in Guilford

Tom and I are happy to announce that we each got a photo ("Dragonfly" - mine and "The Battle Rages On" Tom's) accepted into the Shoreline Art Alliance Images 2019 Exhibition in Guilford. This exhibition, Images, in its 38th year, is the oldest juried photography show in the state. Over 700 photos were submitted for review and 150 were chosen for the exhibit.

Exhibition: Thursday, March 21 through Saturday, April 6. Noon - 4 pm daily, open until 7 pm on Thursdays GAC Gallery.

See the complete list of accepted images here
#getolympus Photography by Lisa and Tom Tom Cuchara #kog #theknightsofgore #dragonfly #renfaire