Minutes of Oct. 12th Meeting

In Wendy's absence the meeting was ably chaired by Bob Rogers. He welcomed new members Mindy Heppner (does she sing, I wonder?) and Kahsia Hartwell.

Ongoing and upcoming shows and exhibitions: (Sorry, I'm just a little late for some of these)

Margaret Benmore's street art at Fernwood cafe, on until Oct. 16, a vibrant show.

Jana Zachariou will be putting up her work at Fernwood on Oct. 16th., a must-see.

Ross McLeod's exhibition of canvas framing at Artspring Celebration of the Arts, Oct. 14 and 15 (I heard he did an excellent job of presenting the whole process)

Surfacing: at Artspring from Oct. 28 to Nov. 7, an exploration of art in two dimensions. Doug McMillin (and possibly others from the club?) will have some interesting pieces in this show. Opening night is the evening of Friday, Oct. 28th.

Education Committee future plans:

A talk on night photography and field trip later, by Bob Rogers in January '17.

Long range photography by Colton Prevost in February.

Flower photography by Jana Zachariou in March.

Simon Henson will be announcing meetings soon for those who have signed up for special interest groups, macro and black and white.

Judy McPhee will soon be asking for submissions for the winter slide shows presented at the hospital and around town.

Wendy thanks the members who submitted pumpkinish banners for the website in her hour of need.

Our Speaker

Bob welcomed Janet Dwyer, our speaker for the evening. Janet is an internationally respected and prize-winning scanographer, who has developed her personal form of photographic art using a flatbed scanner and objects from nature to create new realities, relationships and surreal combinations. She has had an extensive education in photography and has taught at many different institutions. She is also known as an excellent photographer of works of art, and has done so for Robert Bateman and the Royal B.C. Museum, among others. And her work has been in magazines and books from National Geographic to Macleans.

After the introduction Janet then took us for a look into her world. It was fascinating. She uses an ordinary 8 1/2 x 11 inch scanner, sometimes hung upside down, and a 44 inch printer to produce her works of art. The scanner's resolution is so much higher than that of a digital camera that she is able to blow her photographs up as large as she likes or her printer allows. She arranges natural objects on the bed of the scanner, scans them at low resolution until happy with her arrangement and then scans them at full resolution, a process which takes some time. She uses flowers, bones, nests, donated dead birds, living spiders, silk worms and anything else that calls to her to create her wonderful pieces. Deconstruction and decay often figure in her art. And lately flower bits and bugs, even fossilized fish, frozen in ice have, too.

Janet uses a black cotton velvet for some of her backgrounds, since she has taken the cover off her scanner to allow for depth in her work. She does a lot of dodging and burning afterwards to make up for overblown highlights. The files are huge, often 750 mb to 1 gigabyte. She cold mounts her photos on metal usually and uses 5 protective coats afterwards. She doesn't work with standard sizes but allows the pieces to dictate what size they should be.

The slides she showed us of her work were mind-blowing--beautiful and different and absorbing in their detail. Many thanks to you, Janet, for your wonderful talk.

We are invited to Janet's studio on Saturday Oct. 22nd, around noon. Her address is 234 Fairway Crescent, above St. Mary Lake.

The Slide Show

This month's challenge was black and white photography and the slide show was excellent. I could talk about it but it's better if you look at it on Doug McMillin's October slide show blog post. Well done, everyone.

Next Month's Challenge: Scanned images. If someone needs a scanner, Doug M. has one on offer, to lend or to give. Contact him at djmcmouse@gmail.com. Vuescan will run drivers for any scanner on your computer.

(Any additions, subtractions or errors, please post below) Avril Kirby

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Comment by Margaret C. Benmore on October 21, 2016 at 4:11pm

Thanks Avril for covering for me... you did a great job... almost like being there... 

Comment by Curt Firestone on October 18, 2016 at 4:25am

Wonderful to keep up with the club while traveling

Thank you

Comment by Avril Kirby on October 17, 2016 at 10:18pm

Good for you, Timmy!

Comment by timothy gibbon on October 17, 2016 at 9:32pm

ps. I have a photo in Surfacing too.

Comment by timothy gibbon on October 17, 2016 at 9:31pm

thanks Avril.

Comment by Avril Kirby on October 17, 2016 at 8:46am

(Not Margaret!)

Comment by Wendy Rosier on October 17, 2016 at 8:31am

Thanks for the awesome minutes Margaret!  It is almost like being there   :-)

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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