Airpocalypse - Gathering
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Juror's notes: This image is loaded with symbols and nuance that tell the story of multiple challenges the city of Portland has experienced over the last few months. The viewer’s eye moves from the character in the plague mask, to the two menacing characters dressed for a BLM protest, to the masked woman in distress holding a teddy bear (likely representing Portland Mayor, Ted Wheeler). The composition in this image is strong and the choice of a wide-angle lens intensifies the unease reflected in the subjects. Finally, the color balance choice is a reminder of the forest fires that ravaged much of our state for many weeks during the summer.