Pierre opened the meeting at 7pm. 3 new members introduced themselves; JusteneTedder (who has been taking lots of photos in Africa ), Mahmoud Ray Abras (who is already posting on the website; check out his raindrop photo) and Ellen Vesterdal. Usha, not yet a member, was also present.

Exhibits:  Pierre has some canvas photos at Embe Bakery Sandwich shop and the Group of Six are still showing at Fernwood Cafe (new photos now) until the middle of March.

The Club's slideshow, shown at the Hospital and the Salt Spring Inn, has not had new photos for quite a while so Wendy and Judy are going to put some time and effort into adding fresh images. The photos will now not be restricted to Salt Spring (Africa, Justene?) or any particular season. Go eclectic Club! The slideshow could also incorporate advertising for Photofest. Wendy will send a dropbox invite to the club  so we can send our images (a limit of 10) in widescreen format. Include your name in the info as each photographer is credited on the screen with his/her image.

Judy is looking for projectionists to help at the SS Film Festival on Feb 28th, 29th and March 1st. It is mostly a case of putting a DVD into a DVD player. There are two 4 hour shifts daily (a morning and an afternoon shift) and each shift will involve showing two films. Paul McElroy expressed interest and if anyone else would like to help please contact Judy ASAP at: trmcphee@shaw.ca

Kahsia is in charge of Eclectic Visions this year. The dates are June 4th - 15th and the show, at Gallery 8, will be part of the PhotoFest which will run for the entire month of June. She had a schedule of job positions needing to be filled (many are already spoken for) and is looking for someone to take on the social media world; Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Maggie will co-ordinate advertising (a separate job) for EV with the Photofest team. Kahsia is also looking for people to help her with the end-of-show cleanup.

Bernadette talked about the Guild Show at Mahon Hall which takes place during the May long weekend - May 15th - 17th. The 5 Guilds of Salt Spring are showing their work and the Photography Club (we are a Guild!) will have wall space. 3 feet by 3 feet per person, so - one big one or up to 4 small ones or a couple of average sized frames. Your choice. There is no theme attached to the Show. A form was passed around for people to sign up and many people are interested. The pieces will all be for sale and all participating photographers will be expected to sit the show at least once. Those shifts will be 2 hours and one person from each Guild will be present at all times. An anonymous benefactor has covered the costs of the Club's admission fee so there is no charge. Many thanks to the AB!

 Please submit the information about your photos two weeks  before the opening so Wendy has time to make the labels:  The name of the photo, the name of the photographer, a price and a contact address. Wendy will probably open a post on the website, nearer the time, for people to submit this information.

Judy will attend the first meeting of the year( at the end of February) for the 2020 Fall Fair and asked the Club if they would be willing to give $25 again as the prize for the People's Choice Award, a very popular part of last year's photo exhibit at the Fair. The answer was Yes.

The club got another cheque from Country Grocer from the save-a-tape programme which, so far, has accumulated $433.55. It's well worth putting your CG receipt in box #62!

Harbour House is unable to offer us the room we usually meet in next month (all rooms that day will be used for a conference) but they have offered us the room for the following week, March 18th. So - the Club will meet, next month, on the THIRD Wednesday of the month.

As part of Photofest Pat and Rosemary Keough have offered to put on weekend workshops (roughly $250) and/or evening lectures (approx $25) covering a variety of topics such as; composition, light, portraiture, travel photography etc. People expressed interest in attending both workshops and lectures so Pat and Rosemary will get the green light to proceed.

Avril introduced Club member Howard Fry to the room and he gave us gave us a presentation of his work to date. He came to Vancouver from England looking for work in the Graphic Design field but, as there was very little work there, tried his hand at taking photos for a fashion magazine and learned on the fly. Since that time he has become a master of portraiture. He eventually moved to Salt Spring and photographed naked women for a Salt Spring calendar, a fundraiser for the Save Salt Spring Island Fund - to buy and thus protect land from development. He also collaborated with Michael Levy on a visual book about Salt Spring - 'Salt Spring, the People, the Place'. Michael's photos covered the landscape and Howard's were portraits of the people, including many artisans.

Many of the portraits he showed were taken with his Canon 5D mark IV camera and he uses strobe lighting for effect.

Next month's photo challenge for the Club is Portrait.

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Comment by Avril Kirby on April 1, 2020 at 2:43pm

Thanks Anna. Love your editorial asides!

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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