N.Y. Photo Curator Call for Entry: 'Still Life 2.0' with curator Yorgos Efthymiadis - Creator of the Curated Fridge. 

"First of all, I want to thank everyone who entered the “Still Life 2.0” call and shared their beautiful work! As juror, I was looking for something extraordinary that I haven't seen before and, most of you, got me by surprise. I was not expecting to see such a wide variety of work and so many different interpretations of still lifes.

Some photographers followed a traditional approach to the theme, aesthetically similar to old paintings. Some constructed their own version by digitally manipulating their files, while others clearly had fun in their studio! Second place winner, Oliveri’s heart-shaped still life, constructed mainly by roses, sunflowers and squids, is thrilling. In addition, Karas’ image of five eggs with a chicken leg is surreal and thought-provoking.

Finally, I found Zhavoronkova’s behind the scenes arrangement humorous and elegant, while Hogeman’s collage of domestic architectural environments is fresh and playful. Again, I really enjoyed reviewing all of the entries. While some artists were familiar to me, most of the work was not, which is always a pleasure! Thank you, Yorgos"

First Place Winner Alison A. Smith: Cut Hair & Hydrangeas

Curator Yorgos Efthymiadis' review: " In Alison A. Smith’s photograph, the cut hair, still held together by a tight white bow and delicately kept in a wooden box, acts as a reminder of growth and change, a remnant of a past life. This mournful ritual denotes the loss of innocence, a transition; but at the same time it respects and treasures the years that were left behind. The pair of scissors activates the scene. A decision was made to let go of the past, move on, and become someone else. This sense of passing of time is amplified by the half burned candles on the bruised candlesticks, and the dry, lifeless, but still beautiful hydrangeas that surround them. Smith’s arrangement is meticulous, subtle and quiet—a masterful composition."

2nd Place Winner Nancy Oliveri: The Heart

Honorable Mentions:
Vanja Karas: Awakenings
Yelena Zhavoronkova: Begins the Scenes One
Elizabeth Hogeman Temporary Arrangement No12

Best Series Alison A. Smith

Yorgos Efthymiadis says, "From the Greco-Roman art, mostly depicting offerings for the gods, to the Dutch masters of the 16th and 17th centuries, to the vanitas and, later on, to impressionism and cubism, still lifes have always been providing keys to understanding cultures of different eras and regions, as well as the psyche of each individual artist.
Forget about fruits and flowers or bowls and skulls. Or not. Introduce us to your world by arranging and displaying your updated version of still life. Invite us into your fears, desires, dreams and attachments. Show us your treasured collections or simply what you’re hoarding!"
20% of artist fees go to charity. It's split between the curator of the month and the first place winner's chosen charities.
Efthymiadis chooses the PRC in Boston. (The Photographic Resource Center) Efthymiadis says, "They had to move out of their building and start over, do everything from scratch. Their programming is very good and they offer a lot back to the community here in Boston."

First place winner Alison A. Smith chose the 
Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights:  www.theyoungcenter.org