News – Announcement for the October 23rd, 2018 Meeting

11 10 2018

On October 23rd at 6:45 pm, doors open at 6:30pm, the Bridgewater Photo Club is pleased to have Thaddeus Holownia as their guest speaker for the evening. The Photo Club meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays every month from September to May. Meetings are held at the MARC 33 Leary Fraser Road. For more information on the guest speakers, field trips and photo contests visit the club’s website at Bridgewaterphotoclub.ca or email us at info@bridgewaterphotoclub.ca. Non-members are welcome to attend; donations towards club activities are gratefully accepted. Weather-related cancellations will be posted on the clubs website.

Join Thaddeus as he shares of lifetime of documenting the complex and often deteriorating relationship between man and his environment. Using the unique combination his visual artist, teaching, letterpress printing and publishing skills he has told stories that capture our world in a deep and meaningful way. “The meaning that resides in my bodies of work goes beyond visual description; they stand as a history of the play between human intervention and the landscape. The result is both an anecdote of an ordinary place and a metaphor for our relationship to place and environment. What emerges is a sense of vulnerability and the inexorable force of time.” To see his work visit holownia.com and anchoragepress.ca.

Thaddeus Holownia, is a visual artist, letterpress printer and publisher. He serves as a Research Professor in the Fine Arts Department at Mount Allison University in Sackville New Brunswick.

Holownia’s work has been the subject of numerous exhibitions solo and group, including in 2017, The Nature of Nature a 40 year survey of his work curated by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. His 1998 mid career retrospective exhibition Extended Vision was toured by the National Gallery of Canada across Canada and to Mexico. His photographs have been included in numerous group exhibitions, including Monet’s Legacy: Series, Order and Obsession at the Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany and Car Culture at the Heckscher Museum in Huntington NY.

Holownia is a Fulbright Fellow and elected member of the Royal Canadian Academy. Recent awards include the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for High Achievement in the Visual Arts from artsNB and the Order of New Brunswick

Professor Holownia will also be doing a one day session on October 24th the description is below. Interested parties should contact Sherry Hudson at BPSconnections@gmail.com

Living the Creative Life, a Conversation with Thaddeus Holownia

Beyond the f-stops and ISO’s there is a place where the photographs we take begin to develop new meaning, something personal. They begin to tell stories about who we are and how we fit in the world around us. Letting go and listening to the voice inside that entices us on this journey is a leap of faith and a step towards exploring our unique creativity.

Join us for a day with Thaddeus Holownia as he shares his personal creative journey through world renowned exhibits and thought provoking books. Learn from a master the art of storytelling through a single image and in the lifelong pursuit of a creative life.

Participants in this unique conversation should come prepared to engage in a discussion about their own work and the work of others. Each participant is encouraged to bring up to three prints of their own work that represents the unique way they see the world. Thaddeus encourages participants to consider how the size and format of their print supports the intention of the work.

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Minutes – Tuesday October 9, 2018 Meeting

11 10 2018

A warm welcome was given to new members Doug Langley and Margot Janes.

President Gary Smith opened the meeting with a few announcements. The club will be participating in the Seniors Expo on November 1st. A table will be set up with running digital presentations. It is a one day show, running from 10am to 6pm. Volunteers are requested to work shifts throughout the day. Gary, Charlene, and John will be present from the Exec. Linda Hall, Anna Mallin and Kathryn Price have volunteered to help. Further details will be sent by email and more volunteers would be appreciated.

We still need volunteers for an Exhibit Committee Chair and committee members. Potential exhibit locations are the Bridgewater Library and The Port Grocer (Port Medway)…both locations waiting for confirmation from our club.

VP Charlene Morton introduced guest Ken Kanten. Ken presented Pres Gary Smith with a $500 cheque to set up an award in memory of his wife Joan McCullough. The Smile Award will be set up as a photo share with members sharing images of things that make them smile. All contributor names will be put into a draw and $20 will be given to the winner to “give themselves a treat”. Ken also gave $20 cash for Karen Parnell-Herrick who created the image “Oh Those Egg Heads” which made Joan McCullough smile and is the image that inspired the Smile Award.

Sue Hutchins hosted the main event for the evening. Six stations were set up presenting photographic challenges to practice on with coaches to give guidance – Macro (Gary Smith), Depth of Field (Sherry Hudson), Composition, Head Shots (Julie Naas), Motion (Dave Collins), and Metering (John Burnett). Club members were free to visit whatever stations they wished, or use their cameras to record the event. Participation was enthusiastic during the 50 minute workshop. Big thanks to Sue Hutchins for putting it all together.

A short break was held. 50/50 draw winner was Dave Collins.

Additional draws were made for 3 copies of the current issue of PhotoEd Magazine. Magazines went to Anna Mallin, Kathryn Price, and Linda Hall. Discount subscription offers were given out to all club members. Thanks to PhotoEd Magazine Editor Rita Godlevskis, who sent the promotions to Secretary Sara Harley to share with the club. http://www.photoed.ca discount code special6 for members who were not at the meeting.

Live judging was done for Floral and Landscape/Seascape. Judges were Charlene Morton, John Burnett, and Sara Harley. One honour award was given to Anna Mallin for her entry in the Landscape/Seascape category.

A slide show of the results for the digital Floral competition was held. Judges for the online competition were Chris Stackhouse (Blandford), John Burnett (Bridgewater), and Sandra Parlow (Manitoba). Two honour awards went to Ravin Murugan. Results with judge’s comments will be posted online at a private link for all members to view on Flickr. Details to follow by email.

Competition Committee Chair Trevor Awalt discussed some issues regarding submissions for competitions. Please ensure all submissions are sent on or before the deadline date. Some leeway has been given since this is the beginning of the year but deadlines will be adhered to in future. Ensure you are using the correct email address to send your competition submissions. A confirmation email will be sent to you when your entries are received. If you don’t receive a confirmation email, it means your submission was not sent correctly.

A photo share slide show “The Way We Live” was shown, followed by a slide show of the McNabs Island field trip from June 2018.

Beverley Richardson took a poll from club members about what kind of cell phone they have in preparation for her presentation in February.

Membership cards were distributed to paid members. If you have paid but have not yet received your card please see Sara Harley at a future meeting.

Minutes prepared by Sara Harley





Minutes – Tuesday September 25, 2018 Meeting

27 09 2018

BPS Meeting Minutes
Sept 25, 2018

Attendance: 35 members, 6 guests

President Gary Smith opened the meeting with brief comments:

1. A reminder was made for everyone to sign the attendance sheets when they arrive. This applies to members as well as guests.
2. Three club members will have their images published in the Giants of Nova Scotia fundraising calendars. The calendars are a fundraiser for the Mersey Tobeatic Research Centre and will help support research for invasive species. Congratulations to Linda Hall, Paul Newton, and Sara Harley.

Guest speaker Nance Ackerman spoke to the club for 90 minutes about Mindful Documentary Photography & Filmmaking. She spoke about her adventures in photojournalism that have taken her all over the world since 1984 when she began her career with the Globe & Mail. Some of the concepts she discussed were:

  • be aware of your surroundings: light, shapes, patterns
  • be patient: wait and appreciate the experience you are photographing
  • offer to help your subject to build rapport before you start shooting
  • listen to the sounds around you
  • turn around and look behind you
  • people watch without your camera: note habits and rituals of people
  • put your camera away for a time and just experience, then bring your camera out and limit your shots
  • Websites for more information: convictiondocumentary.com, cousinsphototours.com, nanceackerman.com

The meeting closed with a few announcements:

1. Next meeting will be hosted by club member Sue Hutchins. Bring your camera gear for this active/interactive session. Stations will be set up, each with a different challenge to photograph. More details to follow.
2. Trevor Awalt made a couple of quick announcements about competitions. Notifications will be sent out 3 weeks prior to each competition deadline, with a reminder sent out 1 week before the deadline. New this year: Silent Essays and Sight & Sound Essays will be judged online. This means that feedback will be given for all essays, which hasn’t happened in the past.
3. Ilze Andzans talked about the upcoming field trip on October 20 at Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards. RSVP will be required. Cost is $15 for the tour, or $34 for the tour and a light luncheon. More details to follow.

Meeting closed at 9:13pm.
Minutes by Sara Harley





News – Announcement for the September 25th, 2018 Meeting

13 09 2018

On September 25th at 7 pm the Bridgewater Photo Club is pleased to have Nance Akerman as their guest speaker for the evening. The Photo Club meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays every month from September to May. Meetings are held at the MARC 33 Leary Fraser Road. For more information on the guest speakers, field trips and photo contests visit the club’s website at Bridgewaterphotoclub.ca or email us at info@bridgewaterphotoclub.ca. Non-members are welcome to attend; donations towards club activities are gratefully accepted. Weather-related cancellations will be posted on the clubs website.

Nance Ackerman is a documentary photographer and filmmaker. Her visual storytelling is powerful, visceral and authentic. She tells the social issue stories that need to be told, but in collaboration with her subjects. Nance started freelancing at Canada’s National Newspaper, the Globe and Mail and then moved on to the Toronto Star, NYTimes, Canadian Geographic, the Montreal Gazette and in 2005, moved on to documentary filmmaking, often working with The National Film Board of Canada. Her books and photographs have been shown around the world and her documentaries receive global critical acclaim. Her film, Cottonland, three Gemini nominations and her short Fid screened at Cannes. Her international photo workshop Cousins Tours takes students to some of the planet’s most remote communities. In her spontaneous engaging way, she tries to connect people to create a more caring world. She works out of Heartstring Productions, her studio in Sambro NS, with her partner Jamie Alcorn. You can see more of Nance’s work at her website www.nanceackerman.com.

Nance’s talk is titled “Mindful Documentary Photography and Filmmaking”. Her outlook on photography and filmmaking might be a bit different than expected. She often leaves her camera behind and concentrates on the art of seeing, the experience of the moment and the beauty in the day to day. Ackerman will explain Mindful Photography techniques and experiences through her work on assignment all over the world – in war torn Beirut, the Witch Camps in West Africa, Northern Afghanistan and even rural Nova Scotia. She chronicles her documentary work and her latest project, Conviction a collaboration with two other filmmakers and women inside prison. Her casual storytelling approach makes for an educational, entertaining and enlightening look at our obsession with documentation, the loss of ‘experiential’ moments and need for mindfulness. “In photography, mindfulness is looking at something, and truly seeing, feeling and experiencing it. Even thought it may be something you have looked at a thousand times before.”





Minutes – Tuesday September 11, 2018 Meeting

13 09 2018

BPS Meeting Minutes
Sept 11, 2018

Called to order by Gary at 6:48 hrs. Gary welcomed all new members and Charlene introduced each new member to the group. New members: Ravin; Brenda; Scott; Peter; Alex & his mother, Kimberly & Simone.

Gary thanked the volunteers & reported that > 30% of the membership volunteered in some way with BPS last year making for a productive efficient club.

Board members are:

  • Gary Smith 2nd yr as President
  • Charlene Morton- Vice President
  • John Burnett- Past president
  • Marg Campbell – Treasurer
  • Sara Harley – Secretary (absent for this meeting)

Committees

Competition Committee
Trevor Awalt chair person
Members: Darlene Awalt, Linda Hall, Sue Hutchins, Tammy Mercer, Gilbert van Ryckevorsel
Speaker Committee
Sherry Hudson chair person
Members: Beverley Richardson, Mary Ann Massey
Monthly Field Trips
Charlene Morton Chair person
Members: Patty Winfield, Tiffany Ottaway, Anna Mallin, Linda Hall, Ilze Andzans, Kathryn Price, Nancy Johnston
Projectionist
Mary Ann Massey (new this year)
Host- co hosts
Charlene Morton, Patty Winfield
Refreshments
Gary reported that we need a volunteer for this position. Kathryn took care of this tonight as she did last year but Gary asked that if someone would be able that they might speak to him at break.
Yearbook Editor
Sue Hutchins
Web Master
Trevor Awalt
50/50 Draws
Members: James Campbell, Derek Johnston
Exhibit Committee
Needs volunteers. Expected to have two exhibits this year. One at The Port Grocer and one at Bridgewater Library.

Gary reported that one of our members passed away suddenly last year – “Joan McCullough”. A Memorial will be held for Joan Sept 22nd 2-4 in Blockhouse Fire Hall. All members are welcome and if desired may say a few words of Joan. Her husband is donating an old camera to be used as an award for a club member which shall be called a “Smile Award”. A number of Joan’s works will be displayed.

New Business
Attendance Log Book will be used for members to check off their names when they arrive at the BPS meetings. This will help keep count of attendances and show the activity of the club which will be helpful when applying for grants etc. Registration information sheet to be filled out by each member when dues are paid. This will help keep an up to date data base. Info is kept confidential will not be shared. Gary reminded the group that Tom Rogers, who spoke to the group last year is raising monies for research to protect our Hemlock forests from invasive pests. They are looking for photos for a calendar-, Giants of Nova Scotia. This contest closes 14th of Sept. Gary encouraged members to submit a photo – prizes are $50.00 if your photo is one chosen and $100.00 if your photo is chosen for the cover.

Presentation
Gary congratulated Julie Naas who was chosen as the Photographer Of The Year 2017-18. Julie spoke and then showed a slide presentation of her favorite portrait work titled Capturing Moments in Time. This was very well received by the group in attendance.

Gary reported that some club members had brought in photography magazines to share with others.

Slide Shows
Two Field Trip presentations were shown – Tangled Garden and Ross Farm, Gary asked for feedback on the shows as it would be helpful to other making up shows in future.

2018-2019 Program
Gary also discussed the Schedule and Program Overview and also noted that there were paper copies available if anyone wanted one. The Theme this year will be Story Telling with our photos

Sherry Hudson spoke re. a day workshop by Thaddeus Holownia. Thaddeus will speak on Story telling at our Oct 23rd meeting and will present a day long workshop the next day at LaHave Bakery (9:30-3:30). Spaces are limited to 12 people.

Gary said that there have been a few changes to the rules on Photo Competitions and members should be mindful of these changes.

Break

Trevor Awalt gave a very informative talk on “Resizing & Naming Photos for Competition”. A summary of this in PDF Form will be put on the FB pg in the next few days.

Meeting was adjourned at 9:20 pm.
Minutes respectively submitted by Patty Winfield





Training – Resizing and Naming Photos For Competition (version 3)

13 09 2018

Here is a PDF of the topic “Resizing and Naming Photos For Competition” as presented by Trevor Awalt on September 11th, 2018. Click on the following link to download the pdf Resizing and Naming Photos For Competition v3 by Trevor Awalt





News – Announcement for the September 11th, 2018 Meeting

29 08 2018

The first meeting for the 2018-2019 Season of the Bridgewater Photographic Society is Tuesday September 11th, 2018 at the M.A.R.C. 33 Leary Fraser Road in Dayspring starting at 6:45pm.

Please note our new meeting start time for the 2018-2019 season of 6:45pm, which was an agreed change voted by the membership to allow everyone to get home a bit earlier than before.

The Agenda for the first meeting is as follows:
Julie Naas, 2017-2018 Photographer of the Year
Gary Smith, BPS President, Will introduce the 2018-2019 Season Program
Trevor Awalt, Will show you how to Resize, Name, and Title your images submissions for competitions, photo shares, and field trips.

There will also be slide shows for the May 2018 field trip to Ross Farm and the June 2018 field trip to the Tangled Gardens.

The Program Committee has put a lot of effort into this years program which promises to be a great experience for all members. Hope to see you at our first meeting.