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.

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News – March 13, 2018 – Meeting Cancelled

13 03 2018

Unfortunately the Photo Club meeting for tonight, Mar 13th, is CANCELLED.

Even though I have yet to see snow I’m calling it early as all of the weather forecast models say that we are in for a nasty night. It certainly does not sound like it will be very good driving on the roads.

stay safe!

Gary Smith
President
Bridgewater Photographic Society





News – March 6, 2018

6 03 2018

Valarie Leduc to Speak at Bridgewater Photo Club a talk entitled “Creating a Meaningful Portrait” on March 13th at 7pm, MARC at 33 Leary Fraser Road

On March 13th at 7 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 Bridgewaterphotoclub.ca or email us at info@bridgewaterphotoclub.ca. Non members are welcome to attend, donations towards club activities are gratefully accepted.

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 now the proud owner of Oh Sugar Photography on the South Shore of Nova Scotia, visit her web site at ohsugarphoto.com

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 presentation will include mature subject matter. Attendee discretion is advised.





News – February 20, 2018

20 02 2018

Kas Stone to Speak at Bridgewater Photo Club, a talk entitled “Beyond Technique: Artistry, Creativity, Meaning and Personal Style” on February 27th at 7pm, at the MARC – 33 Leary Fraser Road

You’ve been photographing for a while. You have all the gear. You are comfortable with camera technique and rules of composition. You’ve mastered basic photo editing at the computer. And you can put it all together to make good images most of the time. But you feel that you are missing something; you think there must be more.

Join professional photographic artist Kas Stone for a journey Beyond Technique. This exploration of artistry, creativity, meaning and personal style will challenge you to dig deeper – and reward you with a fresh perspective that will help you make better images than ever before.

Kas Stone is based in Dublin Shore, Lunenburg County, where she runs a studio gallery and leads workshops in digital imaging. She is active in the photographic community as a presenter and competition judge. Her portfolio includes an extensive list of publications, exhibitions and national awards, with two wilderness guidebooks published by The Boston Mills Press and a feature profile in Outdoor Photography Canada magazine. Visit Kas and learn more at kasstone.ca.

 





News – January 30, 2018

30 01 2018

Peter Barss to Speak at the Bridgewater Photo Club, a talk entitled “Developing a Style and Theme” on February 13th at 7pm, MARC on Leary Fraser Road. Keep an eye on the website for weather related cancellations, we usually post by 4pm if there is a cancellation.

On Tuesday, February 13th from 7-10pm the Bridgewater Photo Club is pleased to have Peter Barss 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 on 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.

Peter Barss, a former high school English teacher, turned his long-term hobby, photography, into a profession when he moved to Nova Scotia to avoid being drafted to fight in the Vietnam War. Three books of his work have been published and his work has appeared in many publications and collections in Canada and the United States. He is currently working on a long-term photographic project on Iceland. For more information on Peter or to see his images visit peterbarss.com.

Peter’s talk is entitled Developing a Style and Theme and will focus on pictures he took of the landscape in Iceland. After spending close to two years working out a theme and style that he felt expressed his relationship with Nature he spent five weeks traveling in Iceland.

Peter believes that nature photography is heavily weighted toward “pretty” images—sunsets, rainbows, colourful fall foliage, and so on. That emphasis is not the full truth. In addition to the pretty quality we find in Nature the world around us is also always a threat. It is that dichotomy of light and dark that Peter reflects in his photography. Iceland is pretty, very pretty but there are few places on earth where Nature is so clearly a constant threat- an island sitting on top a volcano. Peter’s pictures of Iceland intrigue viewers, but the more they look the more they see and feel an underlying danger.





News – January 23, 2017 – Meeting Cancelled

23 01 2018

Although air temperature is still rising and roads are free of ice and snow except on dirt roads, there is a lot of water. There will be more to come with melting snow and steady rain starting at 6 pm. I am particularly concerned about the forecast for fog. Conditions are perfect for fog.

Given that our guest speaker would like to present to most of our membership and we have a space in our program for him in April, I have decided to cancel tonight’s meeting. Sherry, Trevor, and I will look after notices about cancellation.

Stay tuned in the coming days for more details by email about upcoming competitions and exhibits. Thanks to all who shared their rsvp notices and road observations.

Charlene
Vice President
Bridgewater Photographic Soceity





News – January 10, 2018

16 01 2018

Raoul Manuel Schnell to Speak at Bridgewater Photo Club on January 23rd at 7pm, MARC on Leary Fraser Road

On Tuesday, January 23rd from 7-10pm the Bridgewater Photo Club is pleased to have Raoul Manuel Schnell 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 on 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.

The world of the arts dominated Raoul Manuel Schnell’s life early, so it was no surprise that he attended the College of Art and Design in Lugano, Switzerland. There, he found his calling when he set foot into a darkroom for the first time.

Raoul Manuel Schnell specialized in still life and ran a studio with extensive custom made lighting installations in order to perfectly effectuate the play of light and shadow in a picture. He photographed the most challenging objects but then, after more than 20 years spent in a black studio it was time for a fresh start.

In 2004 his career changed radically as he moved to Canada. Instead of fully resuming his work in advertisement he began to focus on the artistic side in photography. After being used to work in colour for so long, he now found beauty in black and white photography. He rediscovered his love for food as subject matter and found a new one: people. But some things never change. Raoul Manuel Schnell’s focus on light was and still is a central part of his images but now he abandoned the studio with its elaborate technologies and uses natural light whenever possible. More of Raoul’s work can be seen on his web site at raoulmanuelschnell.com

Raoul’s talk will focus on the creation of unique and memorable portraits. He will discuss the use of black and white photography techniques and explain how to create a safe environment for subjects. He will explore the use of position, facial expression, light and shadow to tell a story in a portrait.