Photo Club Minutes

September 9, 2015


Opening: (aprox. 15 warm bodies) Curt Firestone opened the meeting with some god awful pipe/whistle thingy… where does this man find these toys… Curt moved quickly and easily into his old post to relieve Wendy Rossier, who is in Toronto with a Show Opening (we are with you in spirit Wendy)… enjoy it…  


New Members: Peter Freeman, Dave Seifer – come on out and play with us…


Announcements:  Simon Henson will be presenting a series of workshops “Putting the Art into Photography”  the workshop is designed to develop your photography by enhancing your visual perception and knowledge of design.

This four session workshop explores the components of aesthetics and composition through presentations, and group interactivity.  See the website for the full details… under Events… Go for it Simon is a wonderful instructor...




         Fernwood Café: From September 19th will be Margaret C. Benmore (me) the show is “Reflections of Venice”… it is shows my view of Venice a magical place…  Venice has reflections on many  levels… physical, mental, spiritual, and artistically and so on… what a place to play with reflections and glitz and a camera…

         Pemberton Holmes: Bob Roger is presenting his work “Things” … catchy title Bob…. To see “Things” drop by for a peek…  

         Country Grocer Café Gallery: Margaret C. Benmore (me, again) will be showing for the month of September … a show of graffiti images from Croatia and Italy… lots of colour..

         Roasting Company: Avril is showing us her wild side, her creative side and her just mucking about side…” Song of Self” is a wonderful demonstration of fun and interesting experimentation and exploration within photography… great fun…

If you know of other shows in town… add them on to this blog or better yet post it on the event section of our website… Let us all know what you have found and enjoyed…. 


Educational Segment:    “How do you Choose #2”  This second in the series brought us Avril Kirby, Judy McPhee and Jacqueline Sutton, who each presented two or three of each of their latest photographic efforts.  Not only was the artistry wonderful, but the creative energy was marvelous.  Each of them put huge amounts of thought into their work.  Each of them took the time necessary to make their images work for the viewer.

“Where do you get the inspiration?” was a question asked but not answered.  Inspiration comes from deep inside each of us.  I did a little web searching and came upon this quote.


“There’s no hard and fast rule to achieve creative photography nor are there guidelines and steps to think out of the box. But one thing’s for sure, for those who create some of the most creative photos in the world, they have great passion for photography and some years of practice and experience.”


As shown last night at our meeting, the practice and experience have manifested themselves to some creative, thoughtful artistic work from Avril, Judy and Jacqueline.

Evening Show/Challenge:  “Soft ”  - Doug (bless him) has posted the September Show on the website so you can see it for yourself… all things soft, it is quite amazing what a little four letter word can conjure up in the minds of our membership…  go spend some soft time on the website and look at the show...

Next Meeting:  

Wednesday, October 13, 2015

Harbour House… 7:00 pm

The Challenge for next month:   “ Regal “ as a tribute to the Queen – we are to turn out thoughts and visions to REGAL… now that can be anything you wish… but must capture the essence or attitude or look of Regal… Regal is fit for a Monarch… Have fun with the assignment and take it on out there…  


Editorial aside: If you have any comments, corrections or additions please feel free --- all help is welcome…

I would like to encourage all club members to take part in the conversations on the website --- they are interesting and endlessly informative…  Share your pictures with the club on the site – you know we all love to look at images and it would give us a chance to get to know a little bit about you …  let’s participate…


Thanks for your patience...

Cheers… MCB 

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Comment by Margaret C. Benmore on September 17, 2015 at 8:28am

We love you and the whistle thingy... have a good one... 

Comment by Curt Firestone on September 17, 2015 at 7:24am

I will leave the whistle thingy at home next time.   Just felt like "playing"

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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