October Meeting Notes…

See attached – mark your calendars for December 10th holiday party (no November meeting), get your cameras out and take some portraits, and let me know if you want to be included in a meeting fairly soon to sketch out plans for 2019.

Attachment copied below for those of you who hate attachments.

October 2018 Meeting Highlights

  • PANEL:  Portraits in and Out of the Studio
    What a rich roundtable discussion we had, led by Stefan Engstrom and featuring David Morel, Monte Arnold, Aisha Kaikai, Bill Lund and Sai Mallula.  Not only did we get a glimpse of some very fine photography, we got to ponder the difference between “snapshots” and intentional portraits.  Good debate about whether a portrait needs to be “staged” but pretty unanimous from the panel that it is essential to establish a relationship with the person being photographed – whether over a period of days/weeks/months, or just a more immediate chance meeting.  My notes will be brief:  I found the presentations too mesmerizing to write much down.
Bill Lund - Mikenzi

Bill Lund – Mikenzi

The portraits ranged from an ongoing project of Bill Lund’s at Café Coco, to a series by David Morel with the same model in studio and on location , to wide-ranging formal and informal portraits – all such a pleasure to see, and all together also giving us a good sense of each photographer and their sensibility and approach.

 

  • INSTAGRAM FOR SNAP
    The presentation on portraits was “live” last Tuesday, and could possibly be pulled up for those who missed it.  We’ll figure out how/when this might be a good vehicle for sharing meetings in general At any rate, we’ll use Instagram to share the work from the panelists.  And also for a Portrait Challenge – see below. Sai and Tamra and Aisha, thanks for getting this going!

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  • PORTRAIT Challenge!  Those on the panel challenged the rest of us to get out of our comfort zone and take portraits between now and our holiday meeting in early Decembr.  We accepted!  So, send Tamra Stallings a jpeg with ONE portrait before December 7th.  While you’re at it, send her your Instagram account name so we can extend your/our followers:  tamra@tamrastallings.com .

 

  • PLANNING For 2019:  Let Emily Passino know if you have time/energy to help plan for 2019.  There will be a short planning meeting “soon,” and lots of opportunities to pitch in if this is the year you might be able to step up and help.  Email me at emily.passino@gmail.com.

 

SNAP Calendar.

Headline news, mark your calendars for our HOLIDAY GATHERING – see details below.  This is for ALL ACTIVE SNAPPERS.     If you have been coming to our meetings, sending in entries for the various shows and otherwise engaged with the group, WE HOPE TO SEE YOU!!  Bring something delicious to share, and/or a beverage of your choice, and ONE wrapped (or stuck nicely in an envelope) photograph, around 8 x10 or larger (but not HUGE, maybe 12 x 16-ish).  The photos do not have to be matted, and they certainly are never framed.

Nov 27 No Meeting
Dec 7 Last day to get Tamra a portrait photo (see discussion above)
Dec 10 6:30 – 8:00 Holiday Gathering, at TECA –will include our traditional Dirty Santa photo swap, as well as potluck food and beverages..
Jan 22 Robin Conover – Discussing her photography, the experience of managing photography for a magazine,  and the annual Radnor Lake calendar – !!
Feb 26 TBD; Call for entries for show at Scarritt Bennett Center (Juror = Susan Shockley, theme TBD)
Mar 26 Jerry Park – Discussing his new book, A Tennessee Portrait, as well as general ins and outs of publishing a photography book
Apr-Jun Scarritt Bennet show; juror to lead discussion while show is up

 

Note: SNAP Meetings are now regularly held in the community room at the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association. Address:  2964 Sidco Drive, Nashville, TN 37204.  Park out front in visitor’s lot, or around to the side/back where the TECA has private parking which is okay after 5:30.  Entrance to the building is at the front, at the visitor’s lot. Avoid any parking spots with the neighbor design company’s signs.

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SNAP Meeting Night Change!

Hey SNAP friends, it’s a good thing flexibility IS our middle name.  Tamara Reynolds called to figure out how she could still do our juror critique while also making it to a lecture series she’s also doing with 7 other photographers at Watkins that very night.  We quickly realized that this would be impossible :).

 Looking at her calendar as well as the availability of the community room at TECA, we settled on this solution:  we will just meet a week early, on Tuesday September 18th.  

By the way, the evening lecture that Tamara is doing on the 25th is associated with that great show at Watkins, https://www.watkins.edu/whats-ahead/photography-comes-first-and-language-follows/, so some of us may be able to do this also.  Bonus!

New revised REVISED calendar is below:

Sept 18, a week earlier than usual 6:30 – 8:00 Regular SNAP Meeting,

Tamara Reynolds with juror critique of JCC show

We will once again be at our new home, the community room at the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association. Address:  2964 Sidco Drive, Nashville, TN 37204.  Park out front in visitor’s lot, or around to the side/back where the TECA has private parking which is okay after 5:30.  Entrance to the building is at the front, at the visitor’s lot. Avoid any parking spots with the neighbor design company’s signs.

Oct 23 6:30 – 8:00 Regular SNAP Meeting.

Roundtable discussion on portraits, led by Stefan Engstrom and featuring David Morel, Monte Arnold, Aisha Kaikai, Bill Lund and Sai Mallula

Nov 27 No SNAP Meeting
Dec 10 6:30 – 8:00 Holiday Gathering, TECA – more details later, but will include our traditional Dirty Santa photo swap, as well as potluck food and beverages.

September Notes…

August Meeting and Key Upcoming Happenings

Wendy Whittemore and Stacy Irvin, jurors from Lexus show on “Motion” held a very helpful and enlightening discussion about their selections.  Stacey couldn’t be there in person, but sent her notes, which are attached.(!)  Wendy opened the discussion by giving a brief history of how motion has famously been used in photography, to stop motion (the milk drop, the horse’s legs), to capture a decisive moment (Cartier-Bresson);  the obsession with super sharpness in sports made possible with fast lenses, and the variety of ways to create dynamic tension including such things as “lines,” background/foreground deferentially blurred, and more.

As for why certain photos selected particularly when there were multiple entries kind of similar, Wendy said that sometimes it was the cropping, the point of focus, the exposure, dirt spots, or over-processing, as well as “does this photo make us feel like we’re moving.”  As she/they discussed the photos in the show, there were several comments on the “space” in the frame, the focal point, the use of color/B&W (with color essential for some, and B&W essential for others), and the “balance” of the whole image.

We thank them both – excellent show and great comments.

 

Upcoming SNAP activities.

 

Sept 5 6:30-8:30, Artist Reception, JCC
Sept 18th Special Night for the meeting!

6:30 – 8:00 Regular SNAP Meeting,

Tamara Reynolds with juror critique of JCC show

We will once again be at our new home, the community room at the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association. Address:  2964 Sidco Drive, Nashville, TN 37204.  Park out front in visitor’s lot, or around to the side/back where the TECA has private parking which is okay after 5:30.  Entrance to the building is at the front, at the visitor’s lot. Avoid any parking spots with the neighbor design company’s signs.

Oct 23 6:30 – 8:00 Regular SNAP Meeting.

Roundtable discussion on portraits, led by Stefan Engstrom and featuring David Morel, Monte Arnold, Aisha Kaikai, Bill Lund and Sai Mallula

Nov 27 6:30 – 8:00 Regular SNAP Meeting.

Robin Conovor, discussing landscape photography and the world of magazines

Dec 10 6:30 – 8:00 Holiday Gathering, TECA – more details later, but will include our traditional Dirty Santa photo swap, as well as potluck food and beverages.

 

General S.N.A.P. Information

Harking back to our roots to be an informal group of Nashville photographers concentrating on the creative aspect of photography,  our plan this year is to experiment with a few “topic driven” meetings.  We want our meetings to enable SNAP members to share what they know and/or are learning and working on.  We have the advantage of being small enough for people to actually have active conversations when we get together so we want to take advantage of this.

To be included in SNAP meetings, announcements, exhibits, and the like:

  1. Register at https://drive.google.com/open?id=1rtGlJ5lvyc5MdC1X4f5W2-nFNLY2vcs9CQLVmcO4otc. Note, this is required in order to participate in our exhibitions.
  2. To be added to the primary mailing group, go to https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/snapnashville/info and sign up.
  3. To get regular notifications of the website blog updates, go to https://snapnashville.org, and “follow” the SNAP Blog via Email.
  4. To stay abreast of not only SNAP news, but general exhibits, articles and resources related to fine art photography, go to Facebook and join Society of Nashville’s Artistic Photographers / SNAP https://www.facebook.com/groups/snapnashville/

Key contact information:

General inquiries, correspondence to SNAP leadership:  snapnashville@gmail.com

August Meeting Notes…

July Meeting and Key Upcoming Happenings

 Lively juror critique by two well respected photojournalists, Larry McCormack and Lacey Atkins regarding the Hotel Preston show “Sense of Place”. In addition to getting a glimpse into the duo’s thought process regarding their selections,  we laughed together at the end when they observed, “You all need help – you see a fog, and you can’t help yourselves…no matter time of day, hazards, you’ve got to grab your camera….”

In other news, Jen Vogus shared her 59 second video promoting her work in Williamson County teaching photography to students with disabilities transitioning from high school to adulthood.  Look for an announcement mid-month – First Tennessee Bank Foundation is giving sizeable grants to organizations with the most “popular” videos, to be released publicly mid-month. Continue reading

July Meeting Notes…

June Meeting and Upcoming 2018 Key Happenings

Excellent meeting on June 26th, with 16 SNAP people sharing about 35 sets of before/after shots. Great tips ranging from particular post-processing software and tools to preparing for the shoot itself.  It was clear that SNAP folks are out and about with all kinds of energy and vision.  It was fascinating to see the hours that go into the making of some of these prints.  The generosity of people who shared their work and who commented on issues and ideas was greatly appreciated.

 

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Call for SNAP Submissions – 2018|Annual JCC Show

Call for SNAP Submissions – 2018|Annual JCC Show

SNAP would like to invite each of you to submit entries for our annual JCC show, to be held at the Gordon Jewish Community Center (http://www.nashvillejcc.org/) on Percy Warner Blvd during the month of September. See more about eligibility below.  This has traditionally been the major exhibition for SNAP each year, so we want to encourage everyone to participate.

 

Theme: There is no “theme” for this show, but the JCC can reject photos with images of full frontal nudity, violent subject matter, and religious symbolism. They are looking for “family friendly” images. Past shows have highlighted a broad variety of subjects and styles. For this show, the juror will be looking for photography that might be called “straight photography,” shot more from the heart than from the head. Continue reading

June Meeting Notes…

June 2018 Key Happenings

Great month for getting out and seeing fellow SNAP members in various shows, highlighted below the SNAP dates shown here. Look forward to seeing everyone!

June 22 Deadline for Lexus Dealership show: Motion/Movement – remember you may submit five (5) images.  Photos will be on display through December. For more info, see below.
June 23 See below – ideal deadline for sending us your before/after photos for the June meeting.
June 26

 

6:30 – 8:00 | Regularly scheduled meeting

Topic: “Before/After” photos.  Everyone is encouraged to share 1-3 photos (at least one photo!), showing the photo(s) before any editing/processing, and after. You may send these in digitally to snapnashvillesubmissions@gmail.com, or bring prints or your own thumb drive.  Your choice whether to bring before/after images you’re pleased with, or something you’re not entirely satisfied with (or a mix).  Either way, we hope to learn from each other – tips, tricks, philosophies.

In setting things up to receive everyone’s digital files with before/after images for our June meeting, I realized that it would be helpful to have a naming convention so that the photos can be more easily displayed from DropBox during the meeting.  When you submit your files, please name them as follows:

yourname1_before
yourname1_post
yourname2_before
yourname2_post
yourname3_before
yourname3_post
This will put them nicely in the before/after sequence.  It would still be helpful to have your files submitted before the meeting.

Place:  Stefan Engstrom’s Office. Education Networks of America:  618 Grassmere Park #12, Nashville, TN 37211 (https://goo.gl/maps/EAjfKo6HU312). This is an agreeably more centrally located spot, and we thank Stefan for making this possible.

Early July Look for Call for Entries for the JCC September show.  Theme as always will be “open.” Juror will be Tamara Reynolds (https://tamarareynoldsphotography.com).
July 12th 6:00- 8:00 |Preston Hotel artist reception and Grand Opening of Preston’s new art gallery.
July 24 July SNAP meeting, potentially a juror critique from the Preston or the Lexus show. Thanks to Lee Ramsey, we will begin meeting at the community room at the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association on Sidco drive, another agreeably more central location.

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