News – Announcement for the Mar 12, 2019 Meeting

11 03 2019

On March 12th at 6:45 (doors open at 6:30 pm) the Bridgewater Photo Club is pleased to have Carl Snyder 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 or email us at Non- members are
welcome to attend for a $5 fee.

Carl has been involved with photography most of his life and began working professionally in Montreal just after completing a B.A. and M.L.S. at McGill. After 20 years of commercial work in Montreal and Toronto, he decided to slow the pace to occasional freelance work for a small local graphics house north of Toronto. This allowed for involvement in the local arts community and the development of his nature/landscape work which regards the near abstraction of form (geometry) and color we encounter every day. A move to Nova Scotia in the fall of 2011 gave him the opportunity to become involved with other artists, communities and landscapes. He is currently a member of the ViewPoint Gallery Photographic Art Co-Operative.

Previous exhibits of Carl’s work include: Acadia Art Gallery Annual Show 2012 – 2019, Altpick Awards 2009, Art Aurora 2009, CONTACT (Toronto) 2011, Copperfox Gallery 2012, Elora Artcetera 2010, 2011, Newmarket Celebrates the Arts 2010, 2011, Newmarket Studio Tour 2009, 2010, 2011, Newmarket Town Offices 2010, Oceanside Gallery 2012, 2013, Ontario Artists Arts Festival 2010. ViewPoint Gallery, solo shows (2013, 2018), several group shows (2013 – 2017). He was also a Director with the Newmarket Group of Artists in 2010 and on the Board of the Directors for VANS from 2015 to 2017.

Carl’s talk will focus on the history and aesthetic appeal of panorama photography. Included will be a biographic introduction to his photographic practice, how the move from film to digital enabled the creation of large panorama prints and a discussion of the techniques used.


Minutes – Feb 26, 2019 Meeting

11 03 2019

BPS Meeting Minutes
February 26, 2019

President Gary Smith opened the meeting with a few announcements:
1. Deadlines: field trip photos from NSCC are due on Sat March 2nd, entries for the New Members and Sight & Sound essay competitions (our final competitions for the year) are due by March 16.

2. A thank you gift was presented to the MARC caretaker, Carl. Carl goes above and beyond his required duties working in the background to help ensure our meetings are a success.

3. The DesBrisay Museum will be holding an Engage & Explore Series, one hour presentations every Saturday to encourage community involvement. President Gary Smith and VP Charlene Morton will be making a presentation about our photo club at one of the sessions.

An Extraordinary Meeting of the Bridgewater Photographic Society was officially called to order at 6:55pm to review an amendment of our club by-laws. The club previously had one document that contained the By-Laws and Regulations. The document has been revised and split out into three documents: By-Laws, Regulation, and Volunteer Guidelines. Gary reviewed the changing to our By-Laws, which are now contained in document BPS-01 Rev 00 – 1 Mar 2019. A motion to accept the By-Laws BPS-01 as presented was made by Linda Hall and seconded by Anna Mallin. Motion passed.

Kathryn Price reviewed last year’s financial statements and provided recommendations for a few changes. She will be auditing this year’s financial statements as well.

Motion to adjourn the Extraordinary Meeting was made by Beverley Richardson and seconded by John Burnett. Meeting adjourned.

Our regular meeting continued with Competition Committee Chair Trevor Awalt presenting the results from recent competitions. The Creative competition had 14 images (7 participants). Top marks, and two honour awards, were awarded to Sue Hutchins.

The Macro/Close Up competition had 12 images (6 participants). Top marks went to Linda Hall with two honour awards. Sue Hutchins also received two honour awards, and one honour award went to Anna Mallin.

There were four entries in our Silent Essay competition. This is the first year that the Silent Essays were judged online, which allowed the judges time to provide comments on all the sections used for scoring the essays. The winner of the Silent Essay Trophy is Sue Hutchins for her essay “The Ghats Varanasi India”.

Slide shows were shown with all the entries from the Creative and Macro competitions, and the four Silent Essays were also shown.

Anna Mallin introduced the field trip slide show from the club outing to the Sailloft on Second Peninsula. VP Charlene Morton suggested that the Sailloft would love to have some of the images and encouraged field trip participants to email them to the Sailloft.

A Photo Share slide show of Contemplative images was viewed.

Sue Hutchins requested that members send their yearbook information to her (brief bio written in 3rd person, and up to 4 images).

Linda Hall discussed the next field trip, which will be held on March 16th and will start at Cosby’s in Liverpool. Full details will be sent out by email.

After our break, Beverley Richardson made a presentation on editing for phone photography. She first reviewed the features on an iphone camera, and then reviewed two editing programs that are available for all phones, Snapseed (free) and Re-Touch (very low cost).

The meeting was adjourned at 9:10pm.

Minutes by Sara Harley

News – Announcement for the Feb 12, 2019 Meeting

25 01 2019

Valarie Leduc to Speak at Bridgewater Photo Club a talk entitled “Creating a Meaningful Portrait” on February 12th at 6:45 (doors open at 6:30), MARC at 33 Leary Fraser Road

On February 12th at 6:45 (doors open at 6:30 pm) the Bridgewater Photo Club is pleased to have Valarie Leduc from OhSugar Photography 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 or email us at Non- members are welcome to attend for a $5 fee.

After completing a degree in finance and working for ten years for big companies such as Bombardier, Valarie had a dream. She wanted to explore her creative side. She wanted to have more time for her family and become her own boss. So she made the decision to develop her passion for photography into a career. She got back behind the school desk (and camera) and received her degree in Commercial Photography from the respected Marsan College in Montreal in 2010. With her diploma in hand, she started her own studio in Laval, QC and gained experience with different types of photography. She explored commercial photography, weddings and children but quickly discovered a passion for Glamour photography, making people happy and confident in themselves is a real pleasure.

She is now the proud owner of Oh Sugar Photography on the South Shore of Nova Scotia visit her web site at

Valarie’s presentation will explore why she is passionate about creating meaningful portraits and share her thinking behind her photography. She will discuss the how to’s of portrait photography, share her methods of connecting with her clients and the tools she uses to capture each client’s unique glamour. The talk will include a live session with a model. The presentation will include mature subject matter. Attendee discretion is advised.

Minutes – Jan 22, 2019 Meeting

23 01 2019

BPS Meeting Minutes
January 22, 2019

Vice President Charlene Morton opened the meeting with 24 members and made a few announcements:
– The recent field trip to the Sailloft ( was well attended. February 2nd is the submission date to send in photos from the field trip. Submission details will be sent to club members shortly.
– Next field trip is February 16 at NSCC.
– Next photo share theme is “Contemplative” and photos are due by February 9th. Details will be sent out shortly.
– Upcoming digital competitions are Macro/Close Up and Creative, as well as the Silent Essay (max 12 slides)

50/50 winner was Sara Harley.

Exhibit Chair Kathryn Price announced the theme for the upcoming exhibit at the library will be “Story Telling”. If you are interested in participating in the exhibit, please let Kathryn know asap. Also, if you have any ideas for the “public participation” part of the exhibit, let her know and the committee will finalize exhibit details.

Slide shows of the recently judged digital competitions were shown. The Humanity category had 9 participants, and 18 images. Honour award winners were Charlene Morton, Linda Hall, Sue Hutchins, and Brenda Bancroft. The Way We Live had 10 participants and 20 images. Honour award winners were Linda Hall, Sue Hutchins, Jock Martin, and Brenda Bancroft. The honour awards were presented by Competition Committee Chair Trevor Awalt.

A slide show of the Scavenger Hunt results was shown. There were three teams involved in the challenge held in Lunenburg in November. The Car Chargers (Mary Ann Massey, Reg Archibald, Kathryn Price), That’s Complicated (Patty Winfield, Joanne Roy, Jock Martin), and Luney Snaps (Charlene Morton, Tiffany Ottaway, Linda Hall). Thank you to Tiffany and Patty for organizing the hunt, and judges Tom Rogers, Gary Smith, and Sara Harley. Winner of the Scavenger Hunt Trophy is the Luney Snaps team.

Our club member “pot pourri” consisted of two travelogue presentations. Mary Ann Massey toured us through the U.K., and Linda Hall showed us the sights of Spain.

After the break we saw a photo share of “Graffiti” images.

Sherry Hudson made a presentation on Story Telling with images. She showed us several examples of photographs that told stories. We should think about our intention when taking a picture. Sometimes other people see something different when looking at our images because they are using their own life filters. Look for details in the images to give clues about the story. We then broke out into four groups to view photographs and talk about what story the images told.

Past President John Burnett announced that the presenter for the next meeting will be Valerie Leduc with “Glamour and Portraits”.

Minutes by Sara Harley.

News – Announcement for the Jan 8, 2019 Meeting

8 01 2019

On Tuesday, January 8th, the Bridgewater Photo Club is pleased to have Len Wagg as their guest speaker for the evening. Doors open at 6:30, meeting starts at 6:45. 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 or email us at Non-members are welcome to attend for a fee of $5. Weather-related cancellations will be posted on the club’s website.

Len’s talk will feature two components. The first part will be an overview of his work and the second will be a talk on the making of a book. How an idea gets transferred to pages.

Len Wagg is an award-winning Canadian photographer, journalist, author and presenter. A visual storyteller for over three decades, he is well known for capturing the majestic beauty of his native Nova Scotia’s wildlife and salt-strewn landscapes. His assignments have taken him all the way from the deserts of Ethiopia to the cockpit of a CF-18 over Europe, and all across Canada.

Len’s work has been published in the New York Times, Maclean’s, TIME Magazine, and other renowned publications. He is the author of seven books, including the award-winning Wild Nova Scotia, Then and Now tracking famed Nova Scotian photographer Wallace MacAskill, and Nova Scotia at night. To see more of Len’s work visit his web site at

Minutes – Nov 27, 2018 Meeting

12 12 2018


BPS Meeting Minutes
Nov 27, 2018

President Gary Smith opened the meeting and welcomed our guests.

We watched a slide show called “Resilience”, created with images that were submitted by our members.

Competition Committee Chair Trevor Awalt presented Honour Awards:

Nature Print awards were given to Darlene Awalt, Linda Hall, Julia Naas (absent), Patty Winfield (absent). Monochrome Print awards were given to Anna Mallin (2), Linda Hall, Julia Naas (2) (absent)

The Nature Competition results were announced:
The winner of the Nature Category which included three (3) Digital Images from 11 entrants, plus one (1) Print from 6 entrants, totaling 39 images. This competition was very close and was decided by only 1/2 point between 1st & 2nd place as well as a 1/2 point between 3rd & 4th place.

1st place – Darlene Awalt – 53 points (4 honour Awards)
2nd place – Julia Naas – 53 points (3 Honour Awards)
3rd place – Linda Hall – 43.5 points (2 Honour Awards)

A few announcements followed:
Kathryn Price, Exhibit Committee Chair, announced that we will be having an exhibit at the Margaret Hennigar Public Library in Bridgewater for the month of April 2019.  She provided sign up sheets for committee volunteers, exhibit themes/suggestions, and people interested in exhibiting.

Gary Smith announced that our Christmas Social will be on December 12th at the Wileville Fire Hall (change in venue from last year). If you have not yet responded to the email asking whether or not you will be joining us for the dinner, please respond asap as we have to give the attendance numbers to the hall.

Upcoming deadlines: Scavenger Hunt photos are due Dec 1st. Photo Share images “Looking Back at 2018” are due by Dec 5th. Even if you don’t plan on attending the Christmas social, feel free to share up to five of your images from 2018 for our slide show.

Sherry Hudson, Speaker Chair, announced she will be stepping down at the end of the year. If you are interested in the position for next year, please let Sherry or the Executive know and Sherry will help in the transition.  Sherry introduced Bill Curry, our speaker for the evening.

Bill Curry introduced us to the concept of Conservation Photography. He defined the genre and took us through many examples.

We had a 20 minute social break. Winner of our 50/50 draw was Dave Collins.

Bill Curry resumed his presentation and explained his Dark Skies Conservation Photography project in detail.

The meeting adjourned at approx 8:55. Minutes by Sara Harley.

News – Announcement for the Nov 27, 2018 Meeting

19 11 2018

Bill Curry to speak at the Bridgewater Photo Club on November 27th, 6:30 pm at the MARC at 33 Leary Fraser Road

BillCurry-MeOn November 27th the Bridgewater Photo Club is pleased to have Bill Curry as their guest speaker for the evening. Doors open at 6:30, meeting starts at 6:45. 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 or email us at Non-members are welcome to attend; donations towards club activities are gratefully accepted. Weather-related cancellations will be posted on the club’s website.

The first half of the session will be a discussion about Bill’s photographic process and what exactly Conservation Photography is. Participants will learn about the history of Conservation Photography – first as an unrecognized category of nature or wildlife photography, and then about the more formal approaches currently used which began in 2005. Bill Curry has been doing Conservation Photography both informally since the early 1970’s, but more importantly more formally since 2009. Bill will detail his thinking behind every photograph, and will also talk about the role that his work has to put forth images that cause people to think about our environment in a broader sense.
Bill’s images often show people things in ways they have never seen before, or present images as challenges for people to think about. Bills’ philosophy is that each work is an image of a moment that will never be exactly like any other moment in time. The viewer is encouraged to examine a second in their own lives that will become a memory to be reflected upon again and again. Many images are also a call to action, and present to the viewer a challenge to think about and act upon.
The second half of the session will be a detailed look at one such Conservation Photography project that Bill undertook – a series of images designed to show people the night sky, and to get people to think about dark skies and the value of preserving, and indeed promoting, such spaces. Bill will detail his 4 year effort to make images that show the beauty and majesty of the night in a truly dark sky area – namely Southwestern Nova Scotia – and walk participants through the details of the work Bill did for the Starlight Foundation, with headquarters in Spain and a UNESCO backed initiative, a group who successfully assisted the Yarmouth County area in becoming the first UNESCO Dark Sky Preserve in North America, and home to the first certified Dark Sky hotel, Trout Point Lodge. Bill will help participants look at what equipment is needed to take dark sky images, and will look at the process involved in creating these images. He will also showcase the images from his solo photography show that was seen across the Province “Starry Nights”.

A brief bio:
Bill Curry is an award winning professional Conservation Photographer – a Master Photographer specializing in Fine Arts as a Nature Photographer, Wildlife Photographer and Landscape Photographer. Those seeking images that celebrate the outdoors find that Bill’s work stirs their imagination, reminding them of time spent in our shared environment. Seeking to capture a moment in time, Bill’s images are of spaces and places that are changing, whether human impacted or the fleeting hues of a sunset or the shape of a breaking wave. For more images by Bill visit his website at

Bill’s work is backed up by his credentials as he has studied with a number of noted photographers, and obtained certifications in photographic concepts from the New York Institute of Photography and the Museum of Modern Art, both in New York, New York. Recognized as a Master Photographer in Fine Art from the Master Photographers International, he is also accredited in Nature Photography by the Professional Photographers of Canada. His work has been seen in the New York Times, the Boston Herald, Outdoor Canada, Field and Stream and many other local, regional and national publications, and his photographs have also been used commercially by a growing number of businesses.

Bill owns his own Gallery and Studio in Port Maitland, NS, and is a member of the Yarmouth Waterfront Gallery. Bill’s work is on display at the Teichert Gallery at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, in Halifax, NS and at a number of gift shops across the Province. His work is held in public and private collections around the globe.