Curt is away in Italy so Bob Rogers ably chaired the meeting.

According to the vote taken on-site re change of meeting days, Bob says, with an extremely marginal difference, our meetings days stay at status quo, every second Wednesday. 31 members voted.

Peter Paul Harnisch has posted a forum on the idea of separate photo critiqeing sessions and we will wait till he can present it in person at a meeting to hear what he has in mind and how he sees it working. It sounds like a useful learning tool for those of us who are not that confident in critiqueing other peoples' work in a helpful way.

Upcoming shows: Doug Wahlsten: Salt Spring Gallery from Oct. 18th to Nov. 1, with an opening reception on Friday, Oct. 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. The show is a closer look at nature, not macro but large.

Bob Rogers (and Ken Ketchum): lobby of Artspring for the month of November

Avril Kirby: Harbour House for the month of November. There will be a reception on Tuesday, Nov. 5th between 6 and 8 p.m. All welcome!

Slide Show-- Doug presented some examples of negative space and gave us an explanation of how important it is to a photograph. He talked about figure/ground (figure being the subject occupying positive space, ground being the background occupying negative space) and figure/ground reversal, as in the famous picture of a vase (or is it two faces?) In "The Last Supper" the V on Jesus' left seems to be an important bit of negative space and is reproduced in most takes on the Last Supper. It was an interesting talk and members felt they could have used it the month before we took on this challenge!

The slide show was great, as usual. Some of us struggled with the concept of negative space and others nailed it but it was a good learning tool for all of us, and the photos were excellent.

Points that came out of the slide show were:

1. Positive parts move towards you, negative move away.

2. The proportion of negative space in a photograph is important.

3. It's up to us to define our own spaces and figure out what they say in a picture.
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(Did I get that right??)

Next Month: November's meeting will be a talk by a lawyer/photographer on the etiquette and legalities of taking photos of people. There will be no slide show, as this has been a hot topic and there is lots to discuss on this subject.

December's Challenge: Light (other ideas for challenges, perhaps to be used later-- Eyes, Pareidolia, Emotion)

If I've made any mistakes or forgotten anything, please comment below. Thanks, Avril

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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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