November 27th the Bridgewater Photo Club is pleased to have Bill Curry as their guest speaker for the evening
On November 27th the Bridgewater Photo Club is pleased to have Bill Curry as their guest speaker for the evening. Doors open at 6:30, meeting starts at 6:45. The Photo Club meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays every month from September to May. Meetings are held at the MARC 33 Leary Fraser Road. For more information on the guest speakers, field trips and photo contests visit the club’s website at Bridgewaterphotoclub.ca or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Non-members are welcome to attend; donations towards club activities are gratefully accepted. Weather-related cancellations will be posted on the club’s website.
The first half of the session will be a discussion about Bill’s photographic process and what exactly Conservation Photography is. Participants will learn about the history of Conservation Photography – first as an unrecognized category of nature or wildlife photography, and then about the more formal approaches currently used which began in 2005. Bill Curry has been doing Conservation Photography both informally since the early 1970’s, but more importantly more formally since 2009. Bill will detail his thinking behind every photograph, and will also talk about the role that his work has to put forth images that cause people to think about our environment in a broader sense. Bill’s images often show people things in ways they have never seen before, or present images as challenges for people to think about. Bills’ philosophy is that each work is an image of a moment that will never be exactly like any other moment in time. The viewer is encouraged to examine a second in their own lives that will become a memory to be reflected upon again and again. Many images are also a call to action, and present to the viewer a challenge to think about and act upon.
The second half of the session will be a detailed look at one such Conservation Photography project that Bill undertook – a series of images designed to show people the night sky, and to get people to think about dark skies and the value of preserving, and indeed promoting, such spaces. Bill will detail his 4 year effort to make images that show the beauty and majesty of the night in a truly dark sky area – namely Southwestern Nova Scotia – and walk participants through the details of the work Bill did for the Starlight Foundation, with headquarters in Spain and a UNESCO backed initiative, a group who successfully assisted the Yarmouth County area in becoming the first UNESCO Dark Sky Preserve in North America, and home to the first certified Dark Sky hotel, Trout Point Lodge. Bill will help participants look at what equipment is needed to take dark sky images, and will look at the process involved in creating these images. He will also showcase the images from his solo photography show that was seen across the Province “Starry Nights”.
A brief bio:
Bill Curry is an award winning professional Conservation Photographer – a Master Photographer specializing in Fine Arts as a Nature Photographer, Wildlife Photographer and Landscape Photographer. Those seeking images that celebrate the outdoors find that Bill’s work stirs their imagination, reminding them of time spent in our shared environment. Seeking to capture a moment in time, Bill’s images are of spaces and places that are changing, whether human impacted or the fleeting hues of a sunset or the shape of a breaking wave. For more images by Bill visit his website at http://www.billcurry.ca.
Bill’s work is backed up by his credentials as he has studied with a number of noted photographers, and obtained certifications in photographic concepts from the New York Institute of Photography and the Museum of Modern Art, both in New York, New York. Recognized as a Master Photographer in Fine Art from the Master Photographers International, he is also accredited in Nature Photography by the Professional Photographers of Canada. His work has been seen in the New York Times, the Boston Herald, Outdoor Canada, Field and Stream and many other local, regional and national publications, and his photographs have also been used commercially by a growing number of businesses.
Bill owns his own Gallery and Studio in Port Maitland, NS, and is a member of the Yarmouth Waterfront Gallery. Bill’s work is on display at the Teichert Gallery at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, in Halifax, NS and at a number of gift shops across the Province. His work is held in public and private collections around the globe.