January 2020 Meeting Notes

  • 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

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.

  • 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).

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)


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



* 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:

* 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:

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:

• 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.



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.

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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): Continue reading