Feb. 14, 2018 Salt Spring Island Photography Club Minutes.
Feb. 14, 2018 Salt Spring Island Photography Club Minutes
Presented by: Colleen Barnes Horel
This Month’s Presentation is Shadows and Reflections by Michael Wall
New member: Fred Fredeen
Current shows: Judy McPhee at TJ beans
Bruce McPhee at Fernwood
Jana: The art show in Ladysmith is ongoing; several members participating
2018 membership dues are to be paid. Cheques can be left at Apple Photo “ Mail” box. We need this done ASAP so that we can establish a budget for the year.
Important details news about Photofest meshing with Photosynthesis ~ to be held over two weekends, in 2019, June 13 - 27. It is expected that Tour des Iles will be on one of the two weekends – this will open Photofest to visitors from the other southern gulf islands.
Thanks to Jana and Alane for securing 2019 exhition locations: Gallery 8 for us; Artspring for Photosynthesis.
Other galleries and hanging venues to be approached to coordinate as many sites as possible.
Jana is in charge of Eclectic Visions, deadline for entries is Feb. 28, 2018. To be held at Gallery 8 in April.
Anna McColm was not in attendance. No news yet on the show to be held in conjunction with Tour des Iles 2018 and the EV festival on the same dates..
Monthly Photo walk to be announced.
Next month the speaker will be Janet Dywer.
The Victoria, Royal B. C. Museum is holding the Wild Life Photography show.
Following an executive meeting, there was discussion about the need to raise the caliber of pictures on the site to show our best work. Currently, the site serves two functions: Showing our best work and more of a social ‘Facebook’ reaching out to other members – i.e. where I am and what I am experiencing.
The executive proposes that the personal spaces on the website be restricted to 25 pictures per person and this is to be treated as a portfolio. Members may want to photomark their photos as we will likely open the site to public viewing as we near Photofest 2019.
Another reason for reducing the number of photos is that we are currently over the limit imposed by the host. If they catch on to this, our monthly fees will increase dramatically.
Members are encouraged to view the Victoria Photo Club website. It has a monthly publication as well as sponsorships; and they only post award winners. This is probably NOT where we want to go as a club but we could stand to move a little in that direction; i.e. more rigour, quality and professionalism.
The mechanics of removing photos from the site need to be worked out. Some folks have A LOT of pictures and a way to deal with this problem may be for members to quit the club and rejoin.
People should also strive to give good positive critiques of the work on the site.
In order not to lose the ‘social’ aspect of the website, one suggestion is for the club to use Facebook; as we have our own account. This would be kept to a closed group, where people could apply and be approved. Someone mentioned Flicker but the club would need an account. This could be used for albums.
Another suggestion was to go to juried entries and ramp up the caliber of photos but this suggestion has been raised before and been turned down.
This will be a work in progress and will not happen overnight.