Opening remarks: Bob Rogers chaired the meeting ably in Curt's absence. He led a discussion on how members chose to approach Jonesie's challenge to try something out of their comfort zone. Quite a number expressed discomfort at shooting people. (I know Margaret would have interjected something here but I'm not going to.)
Old Business: There is information now posted on site about the Miksang workshop running Jan. 12 and 13. All members interested in attending need to give a deposit of $25 towards the $50 entry fee to Pat Page before December 15.
Information is also posted on site about the lobby show at Artspring that will run throughout January. Anyone interested in participating should send their label information to Bob Rogers by Dec. 17. Please read the blogs for further information.
Wendy Rosier is compiling winter and festive photos for the ongoing slide shows at Lady Minto, Harbour House and the cinema. The deadline for contributions is Nov. 28. Dropbox is available to use if you have a lot to send to her or you can email her directly at email@example.com to send just a few or for information on how to use Dropbox.
Avril Kirby would like to invite club members to the opening of her show, "A Part, Apart" at Harbour House on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m. The exhibition will be running in the lobby and restaurant from Nov. 30 to Jan. 1.
Current shows: Jen Holmes at Barb's Buns, Nirmal Dryden at Penny's Pantry, Gregor Alan at TJ Beans, Doug McMillin and Avril Kirby at Embe Bakery.
New Business: A discussion was held on Jonesie's idea to use the Crofton Room at Harbour House for our meetings. The cost of $50 would be defrayed by members eating at the restaurant and keeping their receipts to show at the time of meeting. The advantages over using the portable are that chairs would not have to be hauled about, coffee and tea would be available, at a charge, there is climate control and a permanent photo display might be possible, on a rotating basis.
Wendy Rosier made the motion to try out the Harbour House location in December to ascertain the feasibility of using it on a permanent monthly basis. Seconded by Sylvia Beech. Voted on, passed. SAVE YOUR RECEIPTS!
Presentation: After a bit of technical wrangling with computers and projectors, Jonesie's slide show on stepping out of your comfort zone was shown on a laptop screen. "Get closer" was an appropriate message, but it referred to our subjects, not the screen. Maybe we'll get the chance to see the show full size at a later date. Thanks, Jonesie.
Slide Show: 44 images on the subject of "Adventurous Photography" were shown. This month it would have been difficult in some cases to guess who took what, which made it all the more interesting. Members discussed how they came to decide what to photograph or, in some cases, how to manipulate the images afterwards.
We were shown everything from mammary squashes to photographs taken by a dog who, I'm sure, has not paid his club dues yet, to skinny dipping sun saluters and eerie doll faces. The variety was wonderful and everyone stepped up to the plate to challenge themselves. Thanks, Doug, for handling the show every month for us.
Next Month: A presentation on critiquing will be given at the December meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 12. In light of that, the slide show theme will be--
"Images you would like to have critiqued."
This can include bad photos that you wonder if there is any hope for, photos you know you like for some reason but can't get quite right, or photos that you're proud of and you want to see if other people agree. So more or less anything goes, but be prepared to have your photos looked at objectively and to be open to some hopefully helpful suggestions.
See you at the Crofton room at Harbour House next month.
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