Pierre opened the meeting by welcoming our newest member, Merv Anderson.

Since the summer some people are not getting Club emails and Doug suggested looking in our spam boxes and, if they are there, adding them to favorites so that they are re-classified. Wendy will chat with Ning about this problem.

Doug show at the library continues until Sept. 29th.

Evelyn Smith's photos are showing all month at Country Grocer.

No report yet on the website as Jean is travelling. Wendy, Ross, Pat and Doug are also on this committee looking for guidelines for the website.

Pierre reported on Photosynthesis. There was a record number of sales this year which bodes well for next year's Photofest - June 13th - 27th 2019. Photofest will have its own website with maps of the various galleries and venues that are involved and there will be a crosslink to the Photoclub's website.

The guest speaker David Ellingsen was introduced and welcomed.

David grew up on Cortes Island, moved to Victoria at the age of 15 and stayed for the next 15 years. Then Vancouver, back to Cortes for 4 years and is now living in Victoria.

He took a diploma programme in Vancouver in commercial photography in 2000 and immersed himself in every aspect of that life, from wedding shoots to editorial work, athletic events and high end advertising. He did well and was starting to make some serious money and then realised this was not what he wanted to do and so quit. He then started a career of more artistic, creative, personal projects making visual statements about the state of the environment.

He has created many series and he shared them with the group. You can see some of his work in Gallery 8.

He told us about places he has used to further his career and get his art noticed. Canada is not the best place for achieving this! One place is 'Lens Culture' a photography network started in Amsterdam. You can find a wide range of photography on this site and there are competitions that are juried by International people involved in Art, such as museum curators. His series 'The Last Stand' was a finalist in one of these competitions and was noticed by National Geographic who wanted to publish it on their website. This then led to a museum show in the Nederlands then one on South Korea and next year it will be shown in the Campbell River museum along with the old logging tools he included in his photographs of old growth tree stumps.

Another helpful place is 'Photolucida' a 4 day festival that takes place in Portland every year in April. It costs $900 (US) to enter but you are guaranteed 18 face to face meetings with interested buyers. People in the publishing and editorial field come from all over the world looking for photography to enhance their various projects. Photolucida is a big event with much of the city getting involved; The opening ceremonies are in a stadium that seats 60,000 people and there are musical events attached to the festival,  award ceremonies etc.

The biennial (on even years) Fotofest in Houston is even bigger and costs about the same to enter. David did well here too with results of shows in Argentina, Lithuania and Mexico City.

An ongoing project that David is doing is called Milestones and is a visual record to show incremental changes that may ultimately effect us all. He shoots the same thing every morning at the same time. He lives by the ocean and so shoots the ocean with the Olympic Mountains in the background. He puts these photos into one large image showing a year's worth of this same scene - lots of tiny images with subtle changes in colour and mood stacked together like bricks. You can see the smoky weeks in summer, for example.

Next month's challenge is to shoot the same scene (from the same place) for 7 consecutive days.

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Comment by timothy gibbon on October 1, 2018 at 7:08pm

yes, thanks. keeps me a little less out of it. (same thing 7 consecutive days? that's not how the almighty did it!)

Comment by Avril Kirby on September 23, 2018 at 9:41pm

Fabulous minutes, Anna--more info here than was presented at the meeting. Thank you!

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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