A wave to the neighbor,
as the mailbox vomits
yet another rejection.
C.A. Huckins, 2003
The idea for this exhibition came directly from the Salon des Refusés conducted by the Phillips Mill
Photographic Exhibition (PMPE) in New Hope, Pennsylvania (www.PhillipsMill.org). I would like to express here my great admiration for its
spirited undertaking of this very encouraging initiative.
PMPE initiated its Salon des Refusés (literally, "exhibition of rejects") in 2007,
hanging and selling for a brief period all the images that were not selected by the jurors for the regular annual
photographic exhibition. Presumably, the idea for the PMPE endeavor was inspired by the practice begun in 19th century France
in response to the rejection of so much avant-garde art by the artistic establishment of the day. Whatever the particular reasons for the
rebirth of this idea at PMPE, I applaud it heartily.
Having had the honor of having some of my own work accepted in the Phillips Mill Photographic
Exhibition, as well as other very competitive exhibitions, I am quite aware of how little work produced today is available for viewing
through current traditional means of exhibition (in my experience, from not much more than five percent to less than one percent!). Surely,
more good work would be exhibited if only more space or time were able to be devoted to it. The concept of "salons des refusés" is
a step in the right direction, in my opinion.
Consequently, and in the spirit of eating some of my own cooking, I am making available for viewing
here some of my own "rejects." Each of the works available for viewing in this exhibit has had at least several opportunities to be
selected for juried exhibitions throughout the world over the past six years, without any success. Although I readily concede that there must
have been too many more interesting or worthy works available for jurors to select, I still find these "rejects" dear to me and,
now with PMPE's unwitting encouragement, I'm happy to make them available for your own evaluation and, hopefully, enjoyment!
Discussion of Individual Images