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A depth of feeling or intensity can be revealed in many ways: a powerful force, ferocity of spirit, an unconquerable tide or magnitude of emotion. Intensity is an idea that influences and challenges us by its very unrelenting quality. Our Benjamin’s Buttons Show for 2015 asks the question: How do you judge intensity? What experience can you portray through portraiture that captures the spirit and invites viewers to share emotion and understanding? What do you envision when someone’s buttons are pushed to or beyond their limits?

We are interested in entries of original work of portraiture and the emotion, drama, light and shadow underlying intense, dramatic, distinctive and inventive imagery. The challenge is simple – grab us in no uncertain terms. Show us the strength, intensity and essence of a subject as judged by your own overwhelm, passion and obsession to it. 



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