June 11, 2020  •  Leave a Comment




Excited to announce that Its a Mess Without You is an OpenWalls Arles Outstanding Series Winner. The international award is presented by Galerie Huit Arles and the British Journal of Photography, opening the walls of the gallery – and the pages of BJP – to reach new audiences. 

The full series will be spotlighted in an OpenWalls Arles exhibition at Galerie Huit Arles, a late 17th-century mansion in Arles' historic town center. Tres Fancy!

Osceola Refetoff – OpenWalls Arles 2020 – Outstanding Series Winner – Les Rencontres d'ArlesOpenWalls Arles 2020 Outstanding Series Award WinnerThe British Journal of Photography / Galerie Huit Arles in Association with Les Rencontres d'Arles International Photography Festival – 2020

One of ten It's a mess Without You images in OpenWalls Arles 2020


The exhibit was originally scheduled to run simultaneously with Les Recontres d'Arles – perhaps the world's largest and most esteemed photography festival – alas canceled this year because of Covid-19. Arles will present special summer programing, but not on the scale of the 145,000 participants hosted last year.

It’s A Mess Without You also figures prominently in a online exhibition, and in an upcoming spread in the British Journal of Photography. Founded in 1854, BJP is the world’s oldest photography title.


British Journal of Photography Instagram Post – OpenWalls Arles Outstanding Series Winner – 2020British Journal of Photography Instagram Post – OpenWalls Arles Outstanding Series Winner – 2020British Journal of Photography / Galerie Huit Arles Portfolio: It's a Mess Without You Photo: Osceola Refetoff, Southern Exposure – Olancha, California – 2016

With 570,000 facebook and 125,000 instagram followers, @bpj1854 will definitely reach a new online audience.
That's my photo, yo!

OpenWalls is necessarily more virtual this year, as all artists and exhibitors adapt to a new world. Last month, I posted a journal entry exploring these challenges, leading to TODAY's ZoomCast Experiencing Art: Under Lockdown & Beyond, hosted by the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art. Join us "here" Thursday, June 11 at 1:00pm PST/20:00 GMT.

Our "PHOTO OF THE MONTH" is any of the 10 classic images in the OpenWalls-winning portfolio, available directly from Chungking Studio at 15% off thru June 31. Check-out the new, improved website, which now includes detailed size/pricing info and installation views. So OpenWalls, open wallets? 😉


Window with Creosote Bush – Dunmovin, California – 2010Window with Creosote Bush – Dunmovin, California – 2010First printed: 2014 (single exposure/not composited)

Three miles north of Coso Junction off California Highway 395, Dunmovin served as a rest station for mule trains carrying silver ingots from the Cerro Gordo mines to Los Angeles in the late 1800s. Over the years, the town had a post office, service station, cafe, and tourist accommodations, but when I captured this image from inside an abandoned cabin, the businesses were all closed and "No Trespassing" signs were posted along the perimeter.

Window with Creosote Bush – Dunmovin, California



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