SSI Photography Club


August 9th 2017


Meeting called to order by Avril Kirby


Visitors, including a potential new member, were introduced


A celebration of Bob Rogers’ life is planned for Sunday August 13th at the home of Wendy Rosier. The gathering is being hosted by the Photography club.


Current and upcoming shows:

            Judy McFee: at Embe Bakery

            Bob Fenske; in the ROCO hallway, August 10th to 31st

            Bob Fenske and Curt Firestone: a joint show of street Photography at                                       Gallery 8. September 8th to 15th. Opening reception 5 PM September 8th.

            Photosynthesis opening reception 5 PM August 23rd at Artspring. Eight Photo                            club members are featured in the show.


Ross McLeod is encouraging members to sign up for the ROCO hallway for which Larry Citra generously donated the hanging set-up. This excellent space is being underutilized. Members can sign up on the photo club website.


Speaker: Matt Steffich of Steffich Gallery


Matt is celebrating 25 years in business at Steffich Gallery. He became increasingly interested in photography as an art form in 2007 while attending the Toronto International Art Fair and since then has represented the work of several outstanding photographers.


His discussion focused on photography from the perspective of the gallery owner. People shoot photos for many reasons including that they like the images they make, they have fun doing it, and they hope to sell their work. What sells in a Gallery is a quality image, something that “grabs” you, speaks to you, as soon as you see it!    Abstract photography does not sell well in galleries, interestingly, being somewhat like “the Jazz of the Art world”.  A good image should be self explanatory. Quality framing is important.


Pricing an image: There are no clear rules on pricing, but generally the rarer an image the more valuable it will be. Keeping the number of prints under 50 will enhance the value of each print. A good  rule of thumb is for a photographer to start with prices on the low side then, if the photographer’s work becomes better known and the images are selling reasonably well, begin to increase the prices a little. Images can also be sold on  consignment.


Next month’s challenge: Things old, antique, broken, derelict, wrecked



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Comment by anna mccolm on August 26, 2017 at 1:41pm

Thanks Gwen. It's great to be able to read these minutes when one is unable to attend the meeting.

Comment by Avril Kirby on August 24, 2017 at 7:33pm

Well done, Gwen, and thanks!

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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