I was invited by Alec Kaus and Rana Young of Photo-Emphasis to jury their first exhibition, HATCH. The top 30 photographers selected have their work showcased online, and the top 15 have their images shown in a print exhibition in MEDICI Gallery at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
My choice for "Best In Show" is Gioncarlo Valentine’s Butch and Buffalo. There is something deeply engaging and inescapable about Valentine’s portraiture, and during the jurying process, I continued to come back to it and spend more time with it. The subjects are tender and vulnerable – and Valentine translates that human connection to us as viewers. He masterfully uses light, color, and gaze to raise critical questions about community and belongingness – a small act of humanity much needed in these tumultuous times.