August 2019 minutes

Pierre was off gallivanting around the world somewhere so Avril opened the meeting in his absence. No new members but some old faces attended. Trudy  Sloan stayed with Pat Page and came for the meeting. Lovely to see her!

Avril has a show at Fernwood cafe entitled "With a Twist" from Aug. 18 to Sept. 14 and has an opening reception on Sunday the 18th at 2 p.m.

Kahsia will be showing at Country Grocer in September.

SS Wild Cider is open to having more photographers showing there and they would like a farm or island theme to the photos. They will want to see the photos before they go up. To show there, contact Gerda at 250-538-8686 or email her at

Judy and Kahsia are organizing volunteers to help out with the photography section of this year's Fall Fair. If you'd like to participate in a short shift of keeping sticky fingers off the photographs and letting interested people know about the photo club, contact Judy at or Kahsia at

Our speakers were two eminent photographers from the stable of National Geographic and they were fascinating. Doug chose well and went through hours of watching to find Stephen Alvarez on “Set the scene: get close” and Jodi Cobb on “Gaining Trust”. Stephen is an adventure photographer. He talks about bad weather being a boon to photographers and about the need to set the scale sometimes with a less zoomed shot. Jodi is a rare female photographer for NG and has been able to shoot where no man would be allowed to go. She has photographed the life of geishas and Muslim women and was allowed to photograph in China before anyone else. There is an advantage to being female “and invisible”, she says. Thank you, Larry, for supplying movie night at the Photo Club and to Doug for setting it all up for us. Very inspiring.

Our September challenge will be a choice between the challenges that each of these photographers set at the end of their talks. You can choose between wide angle, close up, possibly adventure, probably action, and love and intimacy, close up, or just companionship. Close and close.

Our slide show was inspiring, too. Lots of great, would-be NatGeo shots, and a great deal of travel photography, of course.

September's speaker will be 17 year old Lucas Morton from Mill Bay. As well as showing us his impressive photographs, he will be discussing what young people feel about photography today and how we might attract more youthful members to the club. Should be interesting.

Any mistakes made, please correct below. Avril

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Comment by anna mccolm on August 26, 2019 at 9:14pm

Thanks for doing the minutes Avril. Nicely done!

Comment by Curt Firestone on August 20, 2019 at 8:26pm

Thanks Avril.  Sorry to miss the meeting.

August minutes

Pierre introduced the new team who will help shape the Club in the future.

Simon Henson

Larry Citra

Maggie Vancik

Roger Brooks

Maureen Milburn

Ellen Vesterdal

Justene Tedder

Plus returning executive members:

Pat Page

Kahsia Hartwell

Wendy Rosier

Anna McColm

This group will infuse some new energy and direction into the Club. Feedback from club members indicates that people would like more interactive educational activities (workshops, classes, small field trips etc.) and maybe a schedule of educational opportunities ahead of time so that people can plan to attend.

The Victoria Camera Club has an external speaker every month and are willing to share their list of speakers so we can participate, at a cost of $5 a person. The club has funds to cover this at the moment. This would require using the  Zoom format (which has worked so well during this Pandemic).

Club meetings will resume in October, giving this new group time to work out their ideas for new directions.

Some people are cautious about in person meetings (because of health issues) and others are ready and able to jump back in. Maybe in person meetings and Zoom meetings can co-exist. Something to talk about.

Maureen has offered to look into a monthly newsletter with, possibly, more coverage than the website offers such as emails, using facebook etc.

Avril would like to see an improved use of the website: more posts, more comments, more helpful critiquing. We might need a refresher course to remind us how to give constructive feedback.

Doug has a show about Covid in September at the library -  in the Community Program Room. He will give a talk on September 7th at Noon. This will be previously unseen material, not the triptychs we have seen on the website.

Photosynthesis has a virtual show coming up, starting on August 31st. Some club members also belong to this photography group.

There is no theme yet for the photography challenge in October but when that is decided it will be communicated to everyone.


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