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Image by Allyson Ely Selected by Black Box Gallery

Ken Fowkes | Published on 9/2/2023

A dramatically composed image by PACC member Allyson Ely has been selected for inclusion in the Dynamic: Shadow and Light On-Line Annex exhibition at the Black Box Gallery in Portland, Oregon. In the call for entries, Black Box Gallery wrote:
Photography is the documentation of patterns of darkness and light. Shadows enhance the relationships of subjects in an image, they give definition and dimension, which complements the quality of the light values. Photographers have used dramatic shadows and patterns in black and white images and have also explored using ethereal and moody shadows and textures in color photography. We will be looking for a range of how shadow and light are interpreted by contemporary photographers.

The juror was Todd Johnson, director of the Black Box Gallery. Twenty-four images were selected for exhibition in the gallery; and an additional thirty images were selected for the On-Line Annex Exhibition. The in-gallery exhibition opened on September 1st and will remain until September 20th.

About Window, Fort Point, Allyson says:

This image was taken on my first visit to Fort Point. I was looking down a long corridor of repeating archways that vanished into darkness. Walking toward the end of the building, I found a tall, narrow window brilliantly lit from behind by the sun, illuminating the surrounding space. The surrounding area was dark; I didn’t have a tripod but took the photo anyway, hoping for the best.

This photograph is part of a continuing project at Fort Point that explores shadows and space, mood and mystery, and the sharp contrasts between light and dark.

Window, Fort Point

Black Box Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary photography. Black Box’s juried international photo shows provide important opportunities for emerging and mid-career photographers. Black Box supports and encourages the creative production, exhibition, and critical appreciation of contemporary photography.


Black Box Gallery

    811 East Burnside Street, #212

    Portland, OR 97214




Dynamic: Shadow and Light:

  Gallery Exhibition:

    September 1 – 20

    Thursday and Friday: 12 to 4 pm and Light 2023 Gallery Web/index.html

  On-Line Annex Exhibition: and Light 2023 Annex Web/index.html