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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.”