I’m writing to the PhotoSynthesis group to let you know that Bob Rogers passed away yesterday (July 4th) at Lady Minto Hospital, though I’m sure many of you will have heard by now. 

Bob was an important part PhotoSynthesis, especially in the early days. As the facilities manager at ArtSpring he would arrive during the day of our setup, staying until the lights were focussed just right for us and helping with the hanging. Bob knew that we photographers were very picky about how our images were displayed, and he spent the time to make sure the lights were set up properly. He told me once that photographers were a bit of pain in the neck because we would notice immediately when a bulb had burnt out in the gallery rooms, and send someone to track him down to get the burnt bulb changed as soon as possible. Of course, being a photographer himself - and good one - he would know!  He also managed to keep the lighting system in the gallery rooms at ArtSpring in good order despite not being able to order more parts as they had been discontinued quite a while ago. Ironically as I write this there are electricians in those rooms replacing those lights with a brand new and improved system. I believe Bob would have approved.

I also knew Bob from my time on the ArtSpring Board, as I was often in the building and helping out with something or another, or just hanging around. He had been with ArtSpring for a long time, and was a big part of that family.

Bob then went on to help create the Photography Club here on the island. Members of the Club were very involved in helping to look after him in his final days. If you see Wendy Rosier especially make sure to give her a big hug.

I am going to miss Bob … next time I’m at the Salt Spring Inn I’m going to have a beer and salute him.


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Comment by Margaret C. Benmore on July 5, 2017 at 9:16pm

lovely note Seth... Bob was a good man, with a great eye and a love for his community... he will be missed but he will also be a big part of photography on the island... it was his passion and he shared it freely with his skills and talent... he taught us all... many lessons... and not just about the technical side of the game... loving thoughts to all who knew him and hugs all around... 

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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