For three weeks in June, the 124 photos chosen to be showcased as part of the 25th annual Phillips’ Mill Photographic Exhibition represent every theme, idea and concept imaginable.
Held June 4th-25th, the exhibition, themed “Photography as Art” and “Photographer as Artist,” features a vast array of images that jurors selected from a pool of 462 framed submissions. In all, 114 photographers entered their work and 78 were chosen to be showcased in the exhibition.
Claudia Davis, the show’s co-chair, said the show saw a significant number of submissions from newcomers – many that had never entered a show.
Vita Forlenza, of Langhorne, whose image “Purification 1” was accepted into the show, said it’s an honor for her work to be exhibited among “really amazing” photographs in such a prestigious show. Vita’s travel photographs have appeared in five shows.
This year’s submission was taken in a himba village in southwest Africa. Using limited natural light and no flash, Vita captured an African woman undergoing a twice-daily purification.
“Water is so scarce, they never bathe,” she said of the process, which involves using minerals to cleanse the body.
A retired Bensalem School District teacher, Vita said she travels with her best friend, in part for picturesque views and cultural aspects.
The exhibition will be held June 4th-25th at the Phillips’ Mill Community Association, 2619 River Road in New Hope. The show is open Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 to 5:00pm, and Fridays and Saturdays from 5:00 to 8:00pm.
Admission is $5 for non-members, members are free. The show is being co-chaired by Claudia Davis and Rose Kimber. For more information visit https://www.phillipsmill.org/.