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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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.”





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.





News – Interesting Photo Web Sites PDF

9 04 2018

On Tuesday April 10th Trevor Awalt is providing a PDF about Interesting Photo Web Sites, which is really a list of resources on where to learn photography on the internet. Due to time constraints Trevor will briefly show how each section is laid out and answer any questions.

The PDF Interesting Photo Web Sites v1.3 is a list of resources and general descriptions, and not intended to be a complete comprehensive list.

Some of the resources are free and some are paid, as subscriptions or pay per product.

Photography training is a huge industry and can provide additional income for professionals (retoucher, photographer, business strategy/manager, etc.). The training can be in many forms; streaming video, podcasts, DVD, eBooks, apps and tools.

Free doesn’t necessarily mean mediocre and paid isn’t always of the highest quality. You must read reviews and ask opinions of similar skilled photographers who have taken the particular training you are interested in. Do your home work so you spend your money wisely.

Each bit of training you invest in, whether it be your time and/or money, provides many methods, suggestions and recommendations which are not always industry best practices and/or may contradict. Take the information and methods presented that best suits your photography, then evaluate and adopt them based on your results.

Your photography will evolve over time which may require you to revisit and re-evaluate what you have learned, remember learning is a process.

Question: How long or how many hours does it take to become a competent photographer?
Answer: Some suggest 10,000 hours or 10 years, similar to many other professional discipline. It really depends on how much work you put in and how much you practice whether it be on assignment or personal projects.

If photography is your hobby, then your assignments are the goal of the day which you establish for yourself and all or most of your work is personal projects.

If photography is your business then you also have to concern yourself with the relationships, networking, business aspects as well as the photography. Much more than just technique and creativity.

Here is a link of just one opinion. https://fstoppers.com/business/three-stages-becoming-prosperous-photographer-how-long-does-it-take-176977

Remember training and practice go hand in hand, doing either without the other can make the journey longer or more difficult.

Things to remember:
– manage your investment
– get out and shoot
– and enjoy the journey

 





News – Margaret Hennigar Library Exhibit

4 04 2018

Passion, Perception, and Focus Exhibit by the Bridgewater Photographic Club at the Margaret Hennigar Library now open, April 3rd until April 30th!

Our exhibitors Reg Archibald, Trevor Awalt, Brenda Bancroft, Don Barnes, Dave Collins, Madeleine DeWolfe, Linda Hall, Sara Harley, Sherry Hudson, Derek Johnston, Mary Ann Massey, Anne Matthews, George Matthews, Tiffany Ottaway, Karen Parnell-Herrick, Kathryn Price, Gary Smith and Kas Stone

Exhibit Statement: The Bridgewater Photographic Society is a club filled with passionate people, with unique perspectives, who focus on a diverse range of subjects in the expression of their art. You will see in this exhibit a wide range of skills from the novice to the professional. This exhibit will give you only a glimpse into the world of possibilities that photography offers to those wanting to creatively express themselves visually. Read the individual storyboards to discover stories being told by the artists. You will no doubt hear their passion for their work as they endeavor to verbally express what they have selected to focus on through the lens of their cameras.

We are inviting YOU to join our exhibitors and share your passion! What unique perspective can you share? What would you choose to focus on? Bring photos of your passions and unique perspectives to the Margaret Hennigar Library from April 3 to April 21 and we’ll mount them on our wall. Three images per person, 4″x6″ size, with your name and phone number on the back. Sorry, photos cannot be returned. The earlier you drop them off, the longer they’ll be on display!

Here are some of the works you will see at the Exhibit.

Derek Johnston – White Hearts – A neighbour found this white bleeding heart growing in our compost pile. We successfully transplanted it in our cottage garden. This plant has a mesmerizing quality to it for us. What you see is an attempt to capture the mood and the beauty.

Mary Ann Massey – Early Bird – My original intention that day was to capture the fox family who had a den in one of the large dunes on Crescent Beach. While I was waiting for the fox pups to make an appearance, I turned around to see how much time I had before the sun actually rose above the horizon. I was so captivated by the warm glow of the sun on the sea grass that I quickly recomposed the shot as the sun broke above the trees. I’m glad I remembered the advice of one of my instructors who said to always check what’s going on behind you.

Kas Stone – The Road Not Taken – The title for my image comes from the 1915 poem by Robert Frost. I remember studying it in high school. In those days I interpreted it through the lens of youthful optimism. Now, four decades and many roads later (not to mention a few dead ends), the poem feels more ambiguous. My optimism is tempered now by wistfulness about all those other roads, the ones I didn’t choose. So, during a stroll in Sackville’s Waterfowl Park last December, a misty curve in the boardwalk inspired me to create this visual tribute to the poem.

Karen Parnell-Herrick – Teardrops on Dogwood – Legend of the Dogwood: Once mighty as the oak, the Dogwood tree stood strong and tall. Thus, its wood chosen as the timber for the cross of Jesus Christ.?Being used for such a cruel purpose distressed the dogwood. While nailed upon it, Jesus sensed its despair and said, “Never again a cross, no longer will you be strong and straight. You will grow bent, and twisted, your blossoms in the form of a cross, stained brown with blood. Your petals will have nail prints and your centers, a thorny crown. All who see you, will remember me”.

 





News – March 30, 2018 – Announcement for the April 10th Meeting

30 03 2018

Paul Newton to Speak at Bridgewater Photo Club a talk entitled “Focus Stacking the Devil is in the Details” on April 10th at 7pm, MARC at 33 Leary Fraser Road.

Paul Newton is a professional photographer based in the South Shore of Nova Scotia. His passion is capturing the abundant beauty of the province and sharing it in vivid fine art prints. Images in his collection include sites close to home, local gardens and those captured during his many treks into the wilderness throughout the province. He is constantly searching for little known or undiscovered locations to reveal these gems of our natural world.

Paul Newton has been using focus stacking in his photographic arsenal for the past 5 years since a young lichenologist/photographer introduced him to the technique. He uses it to increase depth of field with detailed macro shots of plants and bugs as well as enhancing depth of field detail with his super wide-angle landscape photography. You can see some of his work at  www.pxnewton.wordpress.com

 

In this presentation at the Bridgewater Photographic Society Paul will discus the advantages of focus stacking and share the different tips and techniques he has learned to create these shots. In camera automatic settings, using a macro focus rail and manual focus adjustments for in the field image capture will be discussed. He will then review the various methods of blending images using Lightroom, Photoshop and third party plug-in apps. He will demonstrate the processing on a couple of manual focus stacks brought to the presentation. Finally he will showcase some of his final images to demonstrate the exciting possibilities this technique can afford.





News – March 14 – 2018

14 03 2018

Charles Blackhall to Speak at Bridgewater Photo Club a talk entitled “The Mindful Eye – The Art of Fresh Perception” on March 27th at 7pm, MARC at 33 Leary Fraser Road.

On March 27th at 7 pm the Bridgewater Photo Club is pleased to have Charles Blackhall 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.

This talk will address what the obstacles are to seeing clearly and introduce a practice that cultivates a way into direct perception. This is a simple, available creative process that requires only a curious mind and a camera that can tune us into the magic of everyday life. How to use our photographs to communicate the magical nature of what we see, hear and touch. This practice cultivates not only our ability to see but also to express the awakened nature of our heart and mind.

Charles Blackhall has been a photographer for the past 40 years. He has studied in Victoria at the West Coast Institute of the Arts, and Simon Fraser University. His work has been shown in exhibits at the Secession Photography Gallery in Victoria, the Arts Alliance in Courtenay B.C. as well as Marin County, California.

Charles has studied with Michael Wood and others who developed the Contemplative Photography curriculum and has studied and taught Shambhala Contemplative Arts. He has also taught Contemplative Photography workshops on the east and west coasts of Canada and the U.S. He considers himself a beginner and is passionate about art of life and how developing clear perception can open our hearts, minds and eyes to what is already there.