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In a year of ups and downs, one thing has remained constant; the desire to create and express oneself. Through lockdown, through protest, people turned to film photography as a form of documentation, distraction, and escapism. Some of these feelings and motivations could be seen in this year's summer film contest. In Magnus Holmes portrait “Cole”, we see a young person in the solitude of their home, this brings to mind a relatable sense of isolation so many felt during the early months of 2020. Malcolm Lee’s “Rain Walks” reminds us of the importance of self reflection as we ripple and wave our way through life. “Cathedral Snow Park”, a landscape by Nicolas Vavuris, offers a peaceful, serene sense of calm. In contrast, Dan Williams’ “Old Glory” evokes feelings of patriotism and forces us to evaluate what exactly the American flag symbolizes.
Many thanks to the artists who submitted their work to this year's show.
This contest was sponsored by Kodak Alaris
Preston loves color and form, particularly abstracts and expressionism. His subject matter ranges from flowers, trees, and sunsets to pure abstract works. Although he admires the work of many artists he particularly loves the work of Peter Max, Claude Monet, Edward Manet, Joan Miro, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Cezanne, and Pablo Picasso.
Preston Michie, an experienced photographer, recently took up acrylic painting after a decades-long hiatus from painting. He lives in Oregon City, Oregon.