In Black and White – Spiders That Are Not Scary

Black and white image, portrait of a woman in a dress holding a cowboy hat gazing out a window
“Gazing Out” by Carol Schiraldi, Honorable Mention, 2022 Black and White Spider Awards

Time for a photo show! It’s time for the annual Black & White Spider Awards. This year, I’m proud to reveal that I have received an honorable mention for this image. Called, “Gazing Out,” this was from a photo shoot I did a earlier in the year, over at Pioneer Farm in Austin, Texas. The image is in the “Americana” category of the award presentation.

I’m a big fan of the Spider Awards. I love black and white work, even if I don’t always do it, and the Spider Awards always feature some really great black and white images. I’m always amazed and humbled to be a part of the awards whenever I am lucky enough to be picked. This year was no exception. The work is really great. You can checkout the photo show here if you are interested.

This year, for the Spider Awards, 6,438 entries were received from 69 countries around the world (it’s a global event!) The Jury represented the industry’s biggest names including curators, gallerists, creative directors, appraisers, and writers from institutions including Phillips, London; Flatland Gallery, Amsterdam; DROGA5, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Portuguese Center of Photography, Porto; A. Galerie, Paris; Hulsbosch, Sydney; Slag & RX Galleries, New York; Marlborough Gallery, New York; ADK Creative One Inc., Tokyo; Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta; Silvan Faessler Fine Art, Switzerland; Goldsmiths, University of London; Alfred Ehrhardt Foundation, Berlin; Galeria Sao Mamede, Lisbon; Galleri Ramfjord, Oslo; David Clarke, London; Chiara Badinella, Art Advisory & Appraisals, Milan; Goodby Silverstein & Partners, San Francisco; and Galerie Bugada Cargnel in Paris who reviewed the entries before making their nominations and selections.

I’m such a big fan of the Spider Awards in part because I think that black and white work is very special for a photographer. In many ways, I think of it as going to the gym or getting a work out, because it pushes an artist to make decisions. A lot of times, color can sort of “save” an image. Not so with black and white, it can be unforgiving yet very rewarding. I love seeing the triumph of the winning images in the Spider Awards. It really is the best of the best in black and white.

I hope you enjoy it too!

Until next time…

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