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.

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Comment by Curt Firestone on February 26, 2018 at 7:10am

A comment and a question.

1. It is only the EV festival that has asked for the photoclub's involvement this June.  

2. Eclectic Visions has been rescheduled to what dates in April? 

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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