Exhibit XXIV

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1 April - 31 August 2008

Dedicated to my soul sister-in-law, Lois Vendon, and her own dear, stalwart family.

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Juror's Choice II

    After enjoying for several years the thrill of acceptance and the sting of rejection through my participation in various juried exhibitions, I have begun reducing my involvement in such activities for several reasons. Among them are my advancing years, declining health, and perhaps most important, my greater interest now simply in printing my work.

     The exhibitions in which I have been fortunate enough to participate over the years have demonstrated to me that some of my work does have merit beyond my own circle of friends and family. Juried exhibitions have thus served well my originally intended purpose for submitting entries to them these past six years. I am now content to leave to posterity the job of determining which, if any, of my photographs might have some lasting value.

 Toe to Toe. Lausanne, Switzerland. 2005 Charles Albert Huckins

     This exhibit, then, is the second, and probably the last, in which I share with you, kind viewer, some of my photographs which have been accepted by jurors who have themselves been deemed worthy by the art world to express opinions on the current state of art. Having learned something of the very demanding standards (acceptance-to-submission ratios ranging generally anywhere between five percent and less than one percent) for the works appearing in the exhibitions in which I have been privileged to participate, I, for one, admire the courage and effort that jurors of competitive exhibitions have to muster in order to perform their tasks well. Hats off to them all for the largely thankless task they perform on behalf of contemporary art!

     Regarding the particular images which appear in this exhibit, half of them have already appeared elsewhere on this web site. They also span almost the entire period in which I have been particularly obsessed with photography, with one of them being taken as early as 1995 and three of them made as late as 2005.

     While a little more than half of the images presented were made in exotic or faraway places, almost half of them were made within a half-hour's drive of my home, and a quarter of them were taken right at home. Surely, these results support the commonsensical and still applicable notion that some of life's greatest treasures lie right at our feet, whether or not we are always able to recognize them!

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