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Why not head on up to the Presentation House Gallery tomorrow, as we celebrate the talented youth of this year’s contest?

We have loads lined up in what’s bound to be an eventful night!

Come join us from 5:30PM, for the opening of the Our Image, Your Image exhibition, the announcement of our three prize winners (two of $250 and one of $500), a raffle open to this year’s contestants (for two Holga cameras and one Park Royal gift certificate), and of course the launch of the new Chester Fields catalogue publication!

The event is open to all! Please check in on our Facebook event page.


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Come on down to the Presentation House Gallery on Friday, May 30th, to celebrate the talent of local youth and check out their excellent photos!

So much will happen on the opening night! There will be loads to see and do from 5:30PM. In addition to the opening for the Our Image, Your Image exhibition, three prize winners will be announced (two for $250 and one for $500). There will also be a raffle for contestants: for two 35 mm Holga cameras generously donated by Beau Photo, as well as a gift certificate kindly offered by Park Royal, West Vancouver. Any contestant can be eligible to win one of these three prizes, by showing up at the opening and simply marking their name down!

The evening will also mark the launch of the Our Image, Your Image publication, which we are grateful that Hemlock Printers sponsored again this year.

See you next Friday!!!


Many thanks to all of you who sent in work and took part in this seventh edition of the Chester Fields Youth Photo Contest!

We received a surprising amount of sophisticated works this season, and it was an engrossing and challenging task for jury members to select works for the exhibition, the publication and the prizes.

Many thanks are due also to our partnering teachers: John Isernia of Sentinel Secondary, Tatsuzo Taguchi of Rockridge Secondary and Jacquelyn Wong of West Vancouver Secondary, as well as artists Manuel Pina and Sandra Semchuk, who joined yours truly for this season’s jury.

After hours spent deliberating in the Presentation House boardroom, the jury agreed on a list of 14 selections for the exhibition, 4 Honorary Mentions for the publication, and… 3 prize winners! The winners of one $500 prize and two $250 prizes have been selected, and they will be announced on the opening night!

So please come and join us on Friday, May 30th from 5.30PM as we announce the award winners, open the exhibition, launch the Our Image, Your Image publication and of course… celebrate the creativity from local youth that made this project happen!

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The deadline for the Chester Fields photo contest is already tomorrow, Wednesday 7 May! Time flies! Wanna take part in the Our Image, Your Image exhibition at the Presentation House Gallery? Now’s your chance! How about all the other benefits from applying? If you haven’t already, make sure you’re eligible and follow the submission guidelines outlined here.

Ctrl by Stuart Harvey, last year's $250 Prize Winner

Ctrl by Stuart Harvey, last year’s $250 Prize Winner

Maybe checking out these other youth works from last year’s contest exhibition, To Here from Home, will inspire you…


Thank you to all those who’ve been diligent in sending their photos early for the contest!

For the others, well, there’s definitely still time. Show us how your perspective is different through photography! How do your photographic images stand out from other images around you? Be sure to follow our criteria for submissions and send us the work by Wednesday 7 May!!!

Exciting developments are under way for the Presentation House Gallery! Check out our new website, with plans for our new home.

Alia Youssef, Chester Fields superstar, posing by her winning entry to last year's contest

Alia Youssef, Chester Fields superstar, with her triptych from last year’s exhibition


For those of you still trying to find the “decisive moment,” the right staging, or the best composition with photographs, you may be happy with what you see in your viewfinder, on your phone, or on the screen.

However, if your work gets selected, it’ll be PRINTED (in the exhibition and/or the print publication)! So that means no “zooming in” for detail! 🙂

Please help us and others experience your work in the best possible way, and send us only hi-res, or high-resolution, images of at least 300 PPI (pixels per inch).

See the difference in resolution below?

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This is the kind of difference we want to watch out for (72 ppi is a standard web resolution, but 300 ppi is a standard for printing).

Need a simple demonstration? Here’s a 60 second video on how to change your image resolution in Photoshop. PPI is also known as DPI, or dots per inch.

Looking forward to seeing your work! Please make sure your submissions also follow the other guidelines listed on the Submissions page!!!


In this series, House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home, the American artist Martha Rolser contrasts images of American domestic bliss with images of war, playing with general impressions or ideas fed by the media.


Rosler was specifically interested in how reporting on the war in Vietnam in the 60s and 70s was experienced by the American public through television, often in relatively safe contexts in their living room. This series of photomontages attempted to ‘bring the war home’ to make people in the US realise how implicated they were in the war taking place on the other side of the planet. Rosler foregrounds the false division between “us” and “them,” between “here” and “there” and points towards how this separation is an illusion that the American public were politically and emotionally invested to maintain.


The cutting and pasting of various images in each work serves to make these overlooked relations more apparent. Many of the figures and backgrounds you see here are taken from Life and other mainstream American magazines. The cutouts were reassembled then rephotographed, thereby reconnecting the war in Vietnam and the American home, two extremes of violence and comfort.

Rosler actually reprised the style and theme of this series by creating a kind of sequel, 30 years later, when the US led the war in Iraq.


While addressing the same tensions, with these new photomontages, Rosler is also drawing attention to stereotypical and outdated ways of viewing women’s place within the home and domestic space. So while Rosler is responding to “images” of the war as distant and disconnected from American homes, she’s also responding to stereotypical “images” of women and their roles within these homes.


Martha Rosler is an American artist born in 1943 and currently based in Brooklyn. Her work deals with separations between public and private spheres, exploring issues from everyday life, the media and architecture. Check out more of her work on her personal website.

Dear latecomers, you have more time to shine: the deadline to submit to the Chester Fields photo contest has been extended!!!

Instead of the previously marked date of April 25th, the new deadline is WEDNESDAY 7 MAY! That gives you almost two weeks more to perfect your submission!

For more information around theme, prizes, etc. please consult our FAQ page.

Image: I Think I Can, Graham Gilmore, 1991, Acrylic and Ink on Ledger Paper 100 x 120"

Image: I Think I Can, Graham Gilmore, 1991, Acrylic and Ink on Ledger Paper 100 x 120″

After the recent exhibition by talented local artist Babak Golkar, here comes a new exhibition at the West Vancouver Museum, bringing new correspondances to light between the local school district and visual arts. From the West Vancouver Museum:

SD45 One is an exhibition that supports, embraces and showcases the vast range of Visual Arts in School District 45 – West Vancouver, and facilitates a broader vision of how art is experienced in our city. It allows viewers to appreciate the works of young and emerging artists from SD45 alongside established artists who were once educated in West Vancouver public schools. The exhibition facilitates growth and further inquiry into the Visual Arts and will spark both viewers and students’ deeper interest and commitment to the Visual Arts.

The exhibition includes works by current and recently graduated SD45 students, staff and a selected group of internationally acclaimed artists who were once enrolled in the school district, and whose work will provide inspiration to young artists.

Artists included are: Douglas Coupland, Graham Gilmore, Ross Penhall, Ian Wallace, Geoffrey Farmer, Cori Creed, Victor Penner, Xwalacktun, Bobbie Burgers, Ken Wallace, Monique Mees, Tony Pantages and Vincent Massey among others.

The exhibition is organized by art educator Jackie Wong and is curated by Patrik Andersson.

April 10 – May 31, 2014

Opening Reception April 9 6pm to 9pm



These are pictures from the Untitled Film Stills series (1977-80), by the well-known American artist Cindy Sherman. In this series of over 60 black-and-white photographs, the artist poses in different roles and settings, affecting the role of a film star surprised as if by paparazzi, a character in a tense scene of suspense, looking at turns regal, embattled, bewildered, etc. The style of the photos is strongly reminiscent of American film noir of the 40s or 50s.



Sherman has created pictures pregnant with narrative, ‘film stills’ for a film they help you imagine, but that doesn’t exist! In a magazine interview, she claimed “I think people are more apt to believe photographs, especially if it’s something fantastic. They’re willing to be more gullible. Sometimes they want fantasy. Even if they know it’s fake they can believe anything. People are accustomed to being told what to believe in.”


Sherman is a photographer born in 1954, who currently lives in New York. She’s best known for conceptual portraits where she assumes the multiple roles of photographer, model, makeup artist, hairdresser, and stylist. For at least four decades, Sherman has used herself in photos where she masquerades as a variety of different characters. Through the personas and tableaus that she invents, the artist examines the construction of identity, the nature of representation through photography, and the representation of women in popular culture.