There were 19 participants at the July Zoom meeting.


Judy McPhee talked about photography club participation in this year's Fall Fair, happening on Sept. 18 and 19. There will be some changes from previous years. There will be no people's choice award to eliminate touching pens, etc. No word as to wearing masks will be required.
Please contact Judy at jhmcphee@shaw.ca if you can help with any of the following times:
Wed. 15th-- 3-5, 5-7:30 to receive photos
Thurs. 16th-- 9-11, 11-1, 1-3 to help hang
Sat. 18th-- 11-12:30, 12:30-2, 2-3:30, 3:30-5, 5-6 to monitor the display
Sun. 19th- 9-10:30, 10:30-12, 12-1:30, 1:30-3, 3-4:30, 4:30-6 to monitor and take down photos
There will be 20 to 25 shifts available so lots of help is needed please. It's a fun volunteer job and your help will be much appreciated. There will be a sign up sheet for the club with info. Wendy has offered to help with signage.


Gwen MacDonald is showing lovely photos with a masterful use of light at Country Grocer cafe.
Doug McMillin will be showing his imaginative Covid collages in September at the library conference room.


Photosynthesis will be virtual this year and will happen in late August into September.


Pierre spoke about Photofest 2022. It will be a bi-annual event, on alternate years to SSNAP. There was some debate as to whether to change the dates but it was decided that continuity works best and a June island wide exhibition of photography will go ahead.


The Future of the Club
Pierre (president), Avril (vice-president) and Doug (slideshow coordinator) are all stepping down in September from the executive.
Pat will stay on as treasurer, Anna as secretary, Kahsia as Eclectic Visions coordinator and contact person for Photofest, and Wendy as webmaster.
September may likely be the re-start of in-person meetings after 1 1/2 years of Zoom meetings, masterfully led by Pierre.
We are looking for fresh blood to generate new ideas and take an active role in the running of the club. Some members have already stepped up to join the new board and the August meeting we hope will bring some more interested people.
Simon suggested a more informal approach (and volunteered to be a part of this arrangement) for a group of members to get together and brainstorm ways in which the club can move forward. He asked:
--If all members' needs were being met
--If we would like more workshops (eg. landscapes, portraits, street, etc.)
--Should we keep a club presence in off-island competitions available for those interested in competition and getting feedback for their work?
--Zoom meetings have been successful so should we use them sometimes for off island presentations? Trudy suggested sharing speakers with other clubs. Some charge a lot and some, like Cole Thompson, generously give their time and perspectives for free, although we did give him an honorarium.
Someone from this new group would have to take on the duties of running meetings but the job could be shared amongst the board (committee?) members. Simon mentioned that we don't have to have a monthly presenter. The monthly challenge slideshow could be extended so people don't feel rushed to explain their images and there could be more time for feedback. A longer slideshow and the business component of the meeting could easily fill 2 hours.
The August meeting will continue this conversation about the club's future. Hopefully more of the club's 60 odd members will attend and voice their thoughts.
Howard offered a portrait workshop in his home studio to teach us about lighting, etc.
All this discussion took us till 9 p.m. so the Vision challenge slideshow has been postponed until the August meeting.

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Comment by Patricia Page on Wednesday

Thanks, Anna, nice summary.

Comment by Curt Firestone on July 18, 2021 at 6:47am

Thank you, Anna.  Well done.

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