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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