Published On: Thu, Mar 30th, 2017

Phillips’ Mill Photographic Exhibition Runs June 4-25 in New Hope

“Purification I” by Vita Forlenza.

Dozens of area photographers will be featured at the 25th Annual Phillips’ Mill Photographic Exhibition in June, along with more than 124 photos representing every theme, idea and concept imaginable.

Held June 4-25, “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 whom had never entered a show.

“And No One Sees” by Halah Alfadl.

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. Her submission was taken in a himba village in southwest Africa. Using limited natural light and no flash, Forlenza, 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, Forlenza said she travels with her best friend, in part for picturesque views and cultural aspects.

“We’re interested in the people as well as the beauty of the landscape,” Forlenza said.

Photos selected for the 2017 exhibition.

The 25th annual Phillips’ Mill Photographic Exhibition will be held June 4-25 at the Phillips’ Mill Community Association, 2619 River Road, in New Hope. The show is open Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Admission is $5 for non-members, and free for members. The show is being co-chaired by Claudia Davis and Rose Kimber. For more information, visit Phillips’ Mill online.

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