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Portals and Passageways

Below are the images that were selected by our juror Katie B Mitchell (#katiebmitchell), Belmont University Gallery Director,  for an exhibit at the  Scarritt Bennett Center Laskey Gallery,  April – June 2020. The photographs selected explore the nuances of portals, passages or connections between places or moments.With the show cancelled because of the COVID-19 sheltering at home, the concept of transitions between space and time seems unexpectedly appropriate.

If you are interested in purchasing a photo, email us at snapnashville@gmail.com.

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June 2020 Meeting Notes

We have the pleasure of welcoming SNAP members to participate in Pechakucha. A recording of the meeting is here. The times listed below will help you find each presenter.

First,Susan Ruach 

At ~14:20, Al Wood 

At ~27:25, Wayne Thomas

At ~40:52, Kimberly Mason

At ~56:10, Bill Lindsley 

At ~1:05:35, DaShawn Lewis

Business:

  • Volunteers for tonight

Taking notes 

Helping divide tonight’s recording into specific shorter presentations (each photographer)

  • Second Harvest Fundraiser
  • Gallery under construction; partnership with Chromatics set; Call for Donations out soon.  
  • Deadline July 25th. Volunteers needed: 

helping Tamra populate the gallery in late July-August 

assistance for members getting their photos “print ready” for Chromatics; 

second set of eyes confirming entries meet print standards; 

promotion of event

Upcoming Meetings

  • July 28 – iPhone Wizardry – Camera apps, Processing Apps, Additional Resources, a robust discussion led by Sue Henry, Susan Ruach and Sharon Brown Christopher
  • Aug 18 ß note that this is a week earlier than our regular meeting
    Emily Naff leading our summer reading, David DuChemin’s Within the Frame, (2nd Ed)
  • Sept 22 – potential speaker from Stephen Maine
    • Utilize funds and donations 
  • Oct 27 – Katie del May – juror for JCC
  • Nov – Traditionally skipped due to Thanksgiving
  • Dec – Shall we consider an in-person photo swap?

Upcoming Exhibits  

  • Hotel Preston now rescheduled for Jan-Apr 2021
  • JCC still a go for October

•       Call for Entry ~mid- July

•       Deadline ~late August/early Sept

•       “Open” no theme

Past Exhibits  

  • Scarritt Bennett “Portals & Passageways” – Instagram, Facebook and on our website.
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May 2020 Meeting Notes

We had the pleasure of welcoming our juror, Katie Mitchell, to discuss the SBC “Portals and Passageways” exhibit with us for our May meeting.  

Business:

Second Harvest – 

  • We have 2 volunteers to photograph operations; dates available through June at this point
  • Be mindful of background of participants

Gallery Fundraiser

  • Tamra working on options for the gallery; Wendy Whittemore has possible partnership with a printer; stay tuned for more details!

Next month’s meeting

  • Pechakucha – several SNAP members will be sharing ~12 of their images in a “show and tell” format. 
  • Meeting on Thursday to discuss 

Summer reading

  • David DuChemin – Within the Frame

Preston Hotel / JCC 

  • Determine approach to fall show – working with Preston to determine timing
  • Theme for Preston – the Truth of the South – places/people/things beyond the cliché 
  • Juror – John Trundle from MTSU
  • JCC Show should be in October
  • For general details about plans for these two shows see https://snapnashville.org/events-and-exhibits/

MOMA is offering free classes

  • Kym is doing ‘history of photography’ 

Portals

  • Show is on web page – home page https://snapnashville.org
  • Sai is posting on Instagram / Facebook every 2-3 days.
  • Thanks to Katie for her selections and thoughtful approach to critiques.

Notes from Katie’s discussion:  (See https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ckbvuejn7dy2gvy/AAD78_cShBhH8CrXSz9CQIMga?dl=0 for her presentation and discussion with the group)

  • Portals and Passageways
  • 175 submissions – 32 selected
  • Inspirations/Examples:
    • Stanley Kubrick/2001 Space Oddessy
    • Gregory Crewdson/Twilight
    • Richard Serra – sculptor – The matter of time
  • Bill Lindsley, Iceland – great composition and color and textural elements
  • Al Wood – great leading lines and interconnectedness of trees – Wormslow state historic site
  • Denny Adcock, Up! –  interesting perspective textures and light. old historic smelting location
  • Durwood Edwards, Commanderie, Knights Templar – monastic feel/composition strong, light is delicate, square stone draws interest, contemporary/yet nostalgic
  • Durwood Edwards, Tennessee State Capitol – texture/light/perspective
  • Emily Helms, Summer Cottage – beautiful color! Interesting composition
  • Emily Passino, Evening fog – softness/atmosphere transition to harder, luscious contrast of wooden walkway – Maine 
  • Gerald Figal, Abduction – very striking use of lighting, sense of memory/blurred lines assist in the narrative, geometry assists to stabilize image. Montana tunnel – taken with an older digital camera
  • Janis Tomanek, Rise up – Fibonacci spiral – well balanced, geometric
  • Jo Fields, Façade – linear elements, Secret Garden reference, nostalgia, storybook. 
  • Kay Ramming, Beyond the Doors – Playing with interpretation of light and personality of the reflection. Painterly quality.  Glass doors going into the mansion at Cheekwood. Texture of tiles is painterly.
  • Kay Ramming, School’s Closed – perspective and nostalgia.  Monotony/drudgery of daily. Good use of light, leading lines. Saint Cecelia locker hallway.
  • Kimberly Manson, All Aboard – well-balanced and well-composed, good use of color. Nashville Star 
  • Kimberly Manson, Beyond the Shadows – great interplay of light/shadow, great use of linear elements, Scott Kelby Photowalk, Nolensville, TN.
  • Kimberly Manson, New life – figurative representation – baptism,  beautiful composition, texture/light
  • Kymberly Petty-Emrich, Before the Smoke – Steam-punk – liked closed off feel. Great geometry, good color palette. Holocaust memorial 
  • Leslie Gill, Socks – Color – fun use of color and composition, Havana, Cuba – as part of photo workshop – use of balconies as clothes dryer.
  • Michel Claire Bayer, Ocean Door – perspective linear, good subtleties,  appreciated restraint, texture of soft ocean with hard edges of columns.  Inviting image.
  • Michel Claire Bayer, Point Reyes – good use of leading lines, fading gradient of fog, good composition.
  • Mike Gannon, Into the Light – painterly esthetic.  Figures in the shadows walking into the light.  Contemporary. Google clip – what does the dog do during the day
  • Monte Arnold, Heads Bowed – reverence and personality of sunflowers. Sacred space, emphasis on the vertical, inviting. Provence – almost monochromatic, passage from life to death.
  • Monte Arnold, Reverent Reflections – color behind vantage point, skewed perspective. Taken at Rodney MS. 
  • Renee Lowery, Crosses – layered image – galaxy – beautiful illumination. The crosses and fence, depth.  Reduction of color is successful. 
  • Sandy Burr, Leaving – reminiscent of Dorothea Lange depression images,  the curtain activates the space – adds life and breath to image. Mississippi Delta 
  • Sandy Burr, The Approach – perspective of the two doors, variety of texture and value, Historic Hotel in Columbia used in civil war.
  • Sandy Burr, The Way to Salvation – balance of geometric and organic.  Vine and wire are linear aspects. Spots of illumination. Rodney MS
  • Sharon Brown Christopher, Beyond the Veil – painterly, soft image. Transition between warm and cool – very luminous almost iridescent. Threshold – invitation to liminal space between no longer to not yet. Drawn into the future that is unclear and beckoning. 
  • Susan Hay, Door is Open – nostalgia / blurring of definition of door and door frame. Door handle is the key element / memories of grandmother
  • Susan Hay, Unfiltered light – square frame matches the composition of the image. Textures
  • Susan WN Ruach, Doorway to ?? – composition, color, geometric. Taken at a friend’s condo.
  • Tamra Stallings, Driftwood – Rorschach – curves, color change in center. Savannah GA
  • Tamra Stallings, Time – layered image – double exposure
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March Meeting Cancelled / SCB Exhibit Postponed

We will reschedule our March 24th PechaKucha panels – storytelling through photos – and re-assess whether the April meeting makes sense when we know more. The strategy of taking actions like “social distancing” in order to slow the spread of the outbreak so that our health care systems can cope feels like the socially responsible thing to do.We have also talked to Scarritt Bennett and are postponing the Portals and Passageways exhibit for at least one month. We will make the determination to proceed with a May-June show, or to postpone further and have only a June show in mid-April and will advise you as soon as we know. So un-mark your calendars for the previously announced installation on April 1st and reception on April 6th.It’s hard, isn’t it? Great programs, great exhibits, so much work and creativity by so many members – but we’ll be back together as soon as it makes sense. Meanwhile, take care of yourselves.

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Meeting Notes 2-25-20

MEETING NOTES & UPCOMING HAPPENINGS

February Meeting Summary:

Thanks to Rich Seiling for sharing his thoughts on getting the most out of the expressive side of photography by understanding both your vision and your tools. Below is a quick summary of other items of interest as well as a general overview of his talk.  Detailed notes of his presentation can be found on our meetings page and under “Files” on our SNAP Facebook page. 

Meeting Calendar  

March 24: PechaKucha Part 1: A variety of SNAP members sharing 12 photos with brief commentary on their work, challenges, and/or learnings.

April 28 – Katie Mitchell, juror for the Scarritt Bennett Center “Portals &  Passageways,” a practicing artist and faculty member from Belmont University,  will share her thoughts on the pieces selected for the show

May 26 – Potentially the 2nd PechaKucha panel

Exhibit Dates

2/26 – deadline for Portals and Passageways – 8pm

4/1 – installation of Portals at SCB

Noon, deadline to drop off selected work

Mid-morning – mid-afternoon, hanging the show

Volunteers needed to help Kay Ramming
sign-up sheet tonight + at March meeting; keep date open!

4/6 – Opening reception for Portals & Passageways at SCB

 SNAP News

Today Emily was able to send our juror a file with 173 excellent photos submitted by 37 SNAP members for the SBC “Portals and Passageways” exhibit.  Our juror, Katie Mitchell, should have her selections ready within the next week. This should be another noteworthy show!

Website (https://snapnashville.org ) – Tamra Stallings has been working on a redesign of our website, which is now more readable & user-friendly – check it out!

Volunteers to scrutinize new site: Jo Fields/Bill Lindsley– Feedback from any and all also welcome

Instagram Photo Collective – an idea under development to increase both SNAP and individual photographers’ following and presence

Committee: David S Pineros, David Morel, Sai Nadh, Tamra Stallings, Jo Fields, Aisha Kaikai

New members may want to make sure they are included in all SNAP communications – see https://snapnashville.org/links-and-resources/

Member News

Bill Lund – 4th year in a row to have a photo selected by B&W Magazine (13th in all!)

Jo Fields – Baldwin Gallery; Shots Quarterly Journal; A Smith Gallery workshop / poster with image

Denny Adcock/Carl Lambert and possibly Eric Denton

Artist collective “untitled” Arcade Blend Gallery – Saturday Art Crawl, 3/7

Emily Passino/Bill Gubbins – Juror for St Georges http://stgeorgesart..com/

“Unity” theme – spiritually based. Deadline March 6

Robin Conover https://www.tnmagazine.org Shutterbug contest – winners
Renee Lowry – Barn
Tamra Stallings– Palm Trees

Sandy Burr – Art Show at Lipscomb Academy 2/25-3/1

Robin Conover – Radnor Lake Workshop – April 10/11

Dunn Brothers Coffee Shop in L&C Tower downtown – Jo and Wayne Justus Thomas displaying until April 4.

·       Program Summary: (Details on SNAP website and Facebook page)

Rich Seiling – Crafting Photographs.  Rich gave us a lot to think about and learn from with his wealth of knowledge and his beautiful photographic work, but suffice it to say he is an excellent teacher.  He discussed the importance of craft in honing our photographic skills. However, he stressed how these skills should primarily support our vision to express our view of the world through our camera, and gave several real-world examples of what this means.  

His work can be seen at http://craftingphotographs.com and  http://www.richseiling.com, where you can subscribe to his email newsletter and also find  more information about the workshops you can attend.  

As a bonus, he gave away a seat to one of his workshops, as well as two of his excellent prints. Thanks, Rich!

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January 2020 Meeting Notes

January Meeting Summary:
Thanks to Caroline Allison for sharing her thoughtful and historic landscapes with us. Detailed notes

below after a quick summary of other items of interest before her talk.

Remembering Tom Keller
o Thanks to Sharon Brown Christopher for leading us in a short session to remember Tom

Keller, former SNAP president, who unexpectedly died last week. Among other stories and ideas, we remembered Tom as a classy guy, kind, great eye for photography, generous, lots of grace; inviting thoughtful conversations; Bad at directions, Loved red convertibles, Didn’t have a cell phone; Veteran, Scholar, Longtime SNAP member who will be missed. For all that has been, thanks; for all that will be – Yes; So be it (Dag Hammerstein)

Upcoming Exhibit
o Call for Entry for our April-June show at Scarritt Bennett Center should be finalized within a

few days – Theme: Portals and Passageways; Juror: Katie Mitchell from Belmont University – Be thinking: Doors, gates, openings, passages or connections between places or moments. people in transit/on a journey/ on the cusp of change; . transitions between space and time, with thresholds that may be concrete or implied.

o Pick up your prints from Hotel Preston

  • Upcoming SNAP Meeting o February 25, 6:30-8:00, 2964 Sidco Drive, Rich Seiling. See http://www.richseiling.com. Rich will discuss “crafting photographs” which will include considerations of the technical as well as the creative side of this endeavor
  • Other News

o Sai sold a print at the recent Hotel Preston Gallery exhibit!
o Jo Fields – “Trust the Story” at Baldwin Photographic Gallery at MTSU, Murfreesboro,

February 10 – 7pm Baldwin photographic o Jen Vogus

Parthenon – Jen Vogus/Able Voices through Feb 2

Vanderbilt/Peabody Kennedy Center – “Kindred Stories” through March
o Sandy Burr – Trinity School near Atlanta weekend of 1/31
o Dunn Brothers Coffee Shop in L&C Tower downtown – Jo and Wayne Justus Thomas

displaying until March 6

Guest Speaker: Caroline Allison

Photography includes landscapes and space, with many examples that she shared with us also on her website: http://www.carolineallison.com For Caroline, the camera is a vehicle to get us out of “regular” space.

Her work evokes deep social and historical roots

Artist in residency in Wisconsin

Lost Message

Work is landscape

Began photography in high school

Shoots commercial projects that feeds the personal project

Mostly interiors and landscapes 

Personal work – 4×5 – no zoom, slow process, plastic toyo

Color negative scanned into photoshop

A Common Place – 

returned to the south, began mapping landscapes through curiosity and wandering, places where something has happened, either historical or local history

Stephen Shore – documented prosaic places, ‘conscious attention’ 

Aleuthra – Island in the Bahamas

Francis Frith, Carlton Watkins – inspirations

Angel Oak, SC – 500 yrs old – recently saved by a group from suburban development 

Industrial plant

Twitty City

William Faulkner – window air conditioner

Defeated, TN à Difficult TN – obliterated landscape, site of civil war encampment

Bryant’s meat market 

The Hermitage dining room

Motown apartment

Hank Williams boyhood home

Cars, cars – represent changing landscape

Underground again

Message lost 

Coal mine – into empty warehouse

Charleston – Tidal creek – construction

The Mother Tree – one of the last surviving chestnut trees – took a year to get access

Slickaway Road – underground railroad

Panther Motel – hijackers checked out on 9/10

Hemlock at Sewanee – observations of time passage 

Elemental landscape from larger view of earth

Frozen Lake Winebago

Recycling, climate change – she did not think about as a child

Anna Atkins – ephemeral / cyanotypes / first photography book of british algae specimens

What things might not exist in future 

Snowball cyanotypes – freedom to experiment

Series of snowballs – begins looking galactic or celestial

Primal Landscapes that have harbored humankind – snow scenes 

Also small confined spaces

Did double exposures – mirrored – lake and Cumberland plateau

Reversed sheet of film to achieve effect

Moved to bamboo paper – salt/snow – bell weather of climate change

Soaked in super saturated salt water then dried – Crusted with salt

Cycles, seasons, cyanotype orb weaver webs 

Salt drops on cyanotype paper

Question on consistency of cyanotype process – Got materials at store, 2 bottle process

Question on scanning – does her own scanning of the negative

Captioning – knowing the history adds to the power of the photo

Next exhibit – Zeitgeist – 2021

Sewanee – exhibit

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Holiday Party

Thursday, December 5th, 6:30 – 8:30 Holiday Gathering, at TECA –will include our traditional Dirty Santa photo swap, as well as potluck food and beverages.

Address: 2964 Sidco Drive, Nashville, TN 37204. Park out front in visitor’s lot, or around to the side/back. Entrance to the building is at the front, at the visitor’s lot. Avoid any parking spots with the neighbor design company’s signs.

More about the holiday gathering: We welcome everyone who has been coming to SNAP meetings, even if this is your first year to start participating with us.
Bring:

  • Food and/or drinks to share (SNAP volunteers will provide paper goods, cups, utensils – but if your dish needs a serving spoon/fork/knife, please bring that as well)
    • Food – it always works out that there is a great assortment of appetizer/finger foods, “main” and “side” dishes, and desserts – just bring whatever you’d like to share and it will work out.
    • Beverages – adult beverages as well as non-alcoholic drinks are needed; it seems that “enough” people seem to bring drinks so that it pretty much always works out in this department too.
  • One great photo, wrapped or in an envelope, with nothing to identify the photographer
    • The photos are piled on a table for a swap. Each of us who brings a photo gets a number, and gets to pick a random photo – which, in the Dirty Santa Swap style, may get “stolen,” in which case you get to pick another photo, and so forth and so on. Rules will be more clear when you are there. The point is, everyone who brings a photo gets to go home with a photo by someone else.
    • What do we mean by a “great” photo? Bring one of your best photos which not only is a good example of your best work, but which has also been printed nicely. You don’t need to mat it, and you certainly shouldn’t frame it. It should be in the range of 8×10 – 11×14 (of course squares are fine).
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October Meeting Notes…

October Meeting Summary:

Shannon Randol, the juror for our current JCC show, pulled together possibly one of the most interesting juror critiques we’ve had yet. So that the group could focus on the images themselves, rather than getting caught up in the title/photographer, Shannon presented anonymous photographs from the original pool of nearly 200 submissions. Using primarily a subset of photos that had been selected for the show, but also including a sampling of photos that were not selected, he provided insight into his perspective about what worked/ could have been improved, as well as historical and contemporary references to similar photographers.

For example, Shannon admired the sense of scale the first photo he showed, (below, Al Wood’s “Respite at the 15 Mile Point,”) and then showed Francis Frith’s 19th Century photos from Egypt where sense of scale is also provided by human figure – and then riffed into Sally Mann’s progression of photos of her children, where over time they became smaller and smaller portions of the landscape until Mann had morphed into a landscape photographer.

C. Al Wood, Respite At The 15 Mile Point (1)
C. Al Wood, Respite At The 15 Mile Point (1)

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One of the recurring themes in Shannon’s commentary was the use of space within the frame of a photo, noting that a photograph is as much about what is excluded as it is about what is included, that the “right amount” of space (including negative space) can strengthen the photo, and that paying attention to the edges can really make a photo. Other observations included use of perspective through not only the camera angle but depth of field/focusing to clearly guide the viewer to the subject and/or mood. He also shared a practice one of his mentors in graduate school insisted upon, which sounds like another great “Zen Camera” exercise – to always take a second shot 5 steps further away from the original shot and compare the two. (For some of us the opposite might be useful – to take 5 steps closer….)

Thank you, Shannon, for the great thought and energy you put into this show! To see all 40 selections, and create your own critique, go to 2019 JCC Exhibit

 

Upcoming

* November – no SNAP meeting. But a wonderful invitation from Brentwood Photography Group to hear John Paul Caponigro, sponsored by Epson. November 5, 6:30-8:00, Otter Creek Church, 409 Franklin Road, Brentwood 37027. This is a “ticketed” event – it’s free, but you need to sign up here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-power-of-color-with-john-paul-caponigro-presented-by-epson-tickets71863847703?aff=eac2

* December – date TBA, SNAP Holiday/Dirty Santa Gathering. Be thinking about what delicious potluck food / beverage (including adult beverages) you’d like to bring, along with what print (at least 8×10) you’d like to bring for the swap.

Other Meeting News

Congratulations to Tamra Stallings for selling her “Unwavering” photo at the JCC show! Show take down dates = Oct 30/31. Potentially other sales before then!

SNAP members involved in area happenings:

• Sandy Burr is featured in this weekend’s Artclectic at USN: https://artclectic.org
• Justin Thomas will have work during Franklin’s Art Crawl, Friday Dec 6th, opening reception at Franklin Visitor’s Center.
• Robin Conover’s last round of “The Art of Seeing” photography classes are this November 1 & 2. To sign up, please go here:

https://tnstateparks.com/parks/event_details/radnor-lake/#/?event=the-art-ofseeing-photography-class-november
Other shows/classes of interest:
• Thursday, October 24, 6-7 pm, Artist walk through by photographer Caroline Allison at Zeitgeist Gallery, http://zeitgeist-art.com (salt prints, cyanotypes and more) along with Alex Blau.

• Free workshop Tuesday, October 29th at Marathon by Fujifilm, “Create Forever – Find Your Voice”, a storytelling event with educational and inspirational talks, videos and lectures:
https://fujifilm-x.com/en-us/create-forever-find-yourvoice/?fbclid=IwAR3IOGN9dyC5fdEdUY_7tJJIqEV7j28yTNDtJeQnTfYXNK7TbDrr8rPqBRg

• Monday, October 28th at 7:00, MTSU Baldwin Gallery presents Mark Klett, “Ideas About Time” – lecture and reception. http://baldwinphotogallery.com See also
http://www.markklettphotography.com. Shannon R and Bill Lund note that after 6:00 it’s okay to park anywhere on the MTSU campus except handicapped spots J

Tyler Shields at Tinney Contemporary https://www.tinneycontemporary.com, modern sensibility

• Magnum Square Print Sale starts Monday Oct 28th for 5 days.

• High Museum in Atlanta has a wonderful Sally Mann exhibit that just opened, and closing soon is another photographer, Clarence John Laughlin, also worth seeing. https://high.org/

Bonus Resources from Shannon Randol, with a rich variety of content worth checking regularly:
• Call for Entry: https://www.callforentry.org
• LenScratch: https://lenscratch.com
• College Art Association: https://www.collegeart.org
• Society for Photographic Education: https://www.spenational.org

 

New members may want to make sure they are included in all SNAP communications – see below.

GUIDE FOR NEW MEMBERS

WELCOME!

SNAP, the Society of Nashville’s Artistic Photographers, is an informal group of photographers dedicated to promoting fine art photography in Nashville. We do not have membership dues which means that we also do not have “smart” technology. In other words, to be included in SNAP meetings, announcements, exhibits, and the like to get our news, you need to take a minute and register through the google doc, sign up for the yahoo group emails, and if you are a Facebook user, join our SNAP group. To make the most of SNAP, you also need to put the 4th Tuesday on your calendar and come to as many meetings as you can.
We look forward to getting to know you and your photography better!
1. Register at https://drive.google.com/open?id=1rtGlJ5lvyc5MdC1X4f5W2-
nFNLY2vcs9CQLVmcO4otc. Note, this is required in order to participate in our exhibitions. Also note, this does not add you to the primary email group….separate step below is required.

2. To be added to the primary mailing group, go to https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/snapnashville/info and sign up.

3. 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/

4. Bookmark our website https://snapnashville.org

5. Follow us on Instagram: @snapnashville.

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August Meeting Notes and Upcoming Happenings…

August Meeting Summary:

Emily Naff led an outstanding summer reading book discussion of David Ulrich’s Zen Camera.  One of the quotes she used to get our conversation rolling was early in the book: “Creativity, like Zen, can make us more present, awake and alive.” Through the following candid discussions of these ideas and of example photos some had sent in ahead of time, we learned where some of us feel more Zen/creative, how we consider “mistakes”, and how we can be open for “luck.”
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Call for Submissions – Gordon Jewish Community Center Exhibition

Call for SNAP Submissions – 2019|Annual JCC Show

SNAP would like to invite each of our active members 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 October. See more about eligibility below. This has traditionally been a 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.

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Call for SNAP Submissions – 2019 HOTEL PRESTON | “Sense of Connections”

SNAP invites each of you who are currently active members to submit entries for our annual Hotel Preston show, to be held August – December 2019. This venue encourages artistic creativity within the bounds of “family friendly” photography. The theme described more fully below will be “Sense of Connections,” building on the 2018 show, “Sense of Place,” but from a broader perspective. Be sure and read the description carefully to see what the juror and the hotel are looking for with this show.

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Upcoming May Meeting and Summer Reading…

Great meeting coming up in a couple of weeks:  May 28, 6:30-8:00, AMANDA MCCADAMS -Prospering as a Photographer through Social Media.

 see https://amandamccadams.com/travel/.  Her topic, will be richly grounded and informative for all.  Plus she’s another fun speaker!

May 28 6:30-8:00-ish, MeetingAmanda McCadams – Prospering as a Photographer through Social Media

And thanks for everyone’s input re our book we’re reading this summer.  There were 4 top contenders, which our esteemed Discussion Leader Emily Naff reviewed – all looked worthwhile, and may be contenders for next summer, but here’s what we’re reading now (before August 20th meeting – yes, that’s a 3rd Tuesday, but need to schedule around Emily’s teaching schedule):

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March Meeting and Calendar…

We thank Audrey Molloy for a most stimulating evening last week, hearing about contemporary trends in photography.  Detailed notes are below and attached.  Please mark your calendars for all the events in the calendar, but especially:

Tuesday, March 26, 6:30 – Beth Gorham, curator for NSCC current show

THURSDAY, April 25, 6:00 – Frist guided tour on Dorothea Lange’s work (different date!  different time!!).  We’ll do a sign up sheet in March.

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Monthly Meeting Reminder…

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Next Tuesday, February 26, 6:30-8:00, we’re delighted to have Audrey Molloy join us to talk about Trends in Contemporary Photography/Visual Storytelling. Audrey is not only a photographer but also an arts writer, independent educator, and critic currently based in Nashville.

See http://audreymo.com/current/

>> ALSO, remember to bring a few prints of your current work/projects to share informally with the group – a chance to get feedback and share ideas.

Good news – Beth Gorham, the curator for our current show at Nashville State Community College, will be able to speak with us at our March meeting (3/26). Plus, the show will remain on display at their art gallery in the “H” Building through March 27th. Dates to pick up your work are Thursday/Friday, March 28 & 29, from 8:00 – 5:00.

Jerry Park will be speaking to us about his new book and publishing this summer.

Finally, the Frist outing for April has been confirmed – mark your calendar for Thursday, April 25th, at 6:00pm (different day, different time). More details/sign-up to follow.

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Reminder from Emily…

 

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Just a reminder to everyone that SNAP will not have a November meeting, AND that our December meeting is on a different date/time.

Monday, 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..  For all ACTIVE snap members. 

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.

More about the holiday gathering:  We welcome everyone who has been coming to SNAP meetings, even if this is your first year to start participating with us.

Bring:

* Food and/or drinks to share  (SNAP will provide paper goods, cups, utensils – but if your dish needs a serving spoon/fork/knife, please bring that as well)

* Food  – it always works out that there is a great assortment of appetizer/finger foods, “main” and “side” dishes, and desserts – just bring whatever you’d like to share and it will work out.

* Beverages – adult beverages as well as non-alcoholic drinks are needed; it seems that “enough” people seem to bring  drinks so that it pretty much always works out in this department too.

* One great photo, wrapped or in an envelope, with nothing to identify the photographer

* The photos are piled on a table for a swap.  Each of us who brings a photo gets a number, and gets to pick a random photo – which, in the Dirty Santa Swap style, may get “stolen,” in which case you get to pick another photo, and so forth and so on.  Rules will be more clear when you are there.  The point is, everyone who brings a photo gets to go home with a photo by someone else.

* What do we mean by a “great” photo?  Bring one of your best photos which not only is a good example of your best work, but which has also been printed nicely.  You don’t need to mat it, and you certainly shouldn’t frame it. It should be at least 8×10 in size.

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Fri, Dec 7 Last day to get Tamra a portrait photo (see discussion below)

Bill Lund - Mikenzi
Bill Lund – Mikenzi

Finally, don’t forget about the portrait challenge!  Those on our Portrait Panel last month 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 .  These will be posted on our Instagram account, and compiled to show during the party.

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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.
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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

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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.

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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.

 

See below for upcoming SNAP activities, and the following pages for more general opportunities.