An Introduction to the Bridgewater Photo Club’s 2016/17 Season
We’ve had beautiful weather the past couple of weeks. I hope you’re all enjoying the start to summer. The Program and Field Trip committees have been working on our next season of events and, while some details are still to be firmed up, I’d like to share a few highlights with you.
As always, we begin the season in September (the 13th) with a quick overview of the coming season, and shows of our summer field trip photos and the summer challenge, as posed by Gary Smith this year. We’ll also feature a presentation by last year’s club Photographer of the Year, Karen Parnell-Herrick. And we’ll release details for the coming year’s Treasure Hunt. This year’s hunt will be time-limited and is designed to get you out early in the season, and practising your ‘eye’ for images.
The second meeting in September will feature Shari Tucker from Halifax. Shari is an accomplished photographer, teacher of photography, and travel agent. Shari both coordinates and leads excursions and photo tours all over the world, and has a wealth of experience with travel photography. Shari understands not only what photographers are looking for, but what middle-agers and seniors want and need in a small group tour. Along with general advice, Shari will be sharing some photos from recent excursions, including Portugal.
Viewing your images on screen is great, but sometimes only a photo print will do. What options do you have for printing your images? How should you prepare your files? In October, we’ll explore the ins and outs of printing and framing with Allen Sutherland of Atlantic Photo Supply.
Also in October, Hannah Mintzloff returns to the club to speak about her latest project, Ancestry of Photography. Hannah: “As the 6th generation of photographers in our family, I am working on a long-term project in which I look at my family history through the lens of photography, from the 1830’s to now. Through images, correspondence, and documentation housed in public and private archives in Canada and Europe I will talk about the process of uncovering the legacy of multiple generations of photographers in my family, discovering the physical evidence of the lives of these photographers as well as the emotional components that bring their works to life.”
November begins with Paul Newton and Sherry Hudson, and a presentation/workshop on landscape photography. Club members will remember Paul’s beautiful work from his presentation last season, and Paul and Sherry’s images from their trip to Iceland. Although Paul and Sherry love to travel, their work often showcases the wonderful land and seascapes in our own back yard, here in Nova Scotia.
Wally Hayes is our second presenter in November. Wally has been a reporter, photojournalist and a long-time photographer for Nova Scotia Tourism, Culture and Heritage. He runs the Sherbrooke Village Photography Camp, has run Landscape and Wildlife workshops for the Hike the Highlands Festival, and a variety of other photo workshops and camps. A professional photographer for many decades, Wally not only has extensive experience to share, but an infectious enthusiasm for the art of photography. This time Wally will be speaking about sports and action photography.
In January, Sherry Hudson returns to do a workshop on visual literacy. Sherry is a photographer and writer who explores the processes, motivations and emotional connections that one makes when creating visual imagery, or when viewing and relating to it. Her images, journal and thoughts about photography can be found at http://www.
One of the reasons people join a photography club is to learn how to take better pictures. And there’s no more valuable tool than a thoughtful, constructive critique of an image. At the February 14 meeting, photographic artist, instructor, and club member Kas Stone will lead a photo critique workshop. Our second meeting in February will be another Members’ Potpourri. If you have images from your travels, or a particular interest, or any other photography-related subject, here’s a way to share them with the club. Mini presentations are typically about 15 minutes – a great way to share, without the work and stress of a full hour presentation.
Club members Trevor and Darlene drove thousands of miles and took thousands of pictures in Newfoundland, taking full advantage of the scenery and wildlife of North America’s seabird capital. It’s taken them quite a while to sort through and process so many images. At our first meeting in March, we get to see the fruits of their extensive labour.
Also in March, Stephen Ernst presents Historic Photography. Stephen runs a studio in Lunenburg where he continues to use photographic equipment and development processes dating from the 1850’s through to the turn of the century. He has given lectures at NSCC, the Desbrisay Museum and the Mahone Bay Settler’s museum among others. His expertise has seen him consult on Victorian photography and even play a period photographer in the 2013 television film Lizzie Borden.
At our first meeting in April, we focus on camera care, including how to clean your camera’s sensor safely and effectively. We’re also in the process of securing a presentation of work by another Nova Scotia photo club. At our final meeting before the AGM, club member Trevor Awalt will present lighting techniques – taking the first steps beyond using natural light.
A full competition schedule will be revealed at our first meeting. Digital categories for the coming season include Floral, Still Life, Nature, Land/Seascape, Humanity, and Creative. Print categories include Floral, Nature, Pictorial and Monochrome. Silent and Sight & Sound essays round out the competitions that contribute to the Photographer of the Year trophy. There will also be a Treasure Hunt early in the season, and a New Member image competition.
Field Trips. A full slate of field trips are planned, including:
- September – Victoria Park in Truro, along with the Rath Eastlink Community Centre and a side stop at Mollies Dairy Bar and migratory bird stopover
- October – Kejimkujik National Park
- November – River Ridge Common (New Germany), Apron and Sink Spout Falls, North River
- December – A sleigh ride (Ross Farm or Veinot Family Farm)
- January – Schubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park
February – Port Medway and Long Cove Road
- March – Miller Point Peace Park and Bridgewater environs
- April – Chebucto Head, York Redoubt and area
- May – Oaklawn Farm Zoo (Aylesford)
- June – Viewpoint Gallery for Doors Open, Halifax
- July – Annapolis Royal (Historic Gardens) with side stops in Bear River & Port Royal
- Other field trips possible…
As you can see, the 2016/17 season program is full of interesting presentations, workshops, competitions and outings – all suggested and organized by the members. I look forward to seeing you all in September (if I don’t see you over the summer). Bring a friend!