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October 2020 Meeting Notes

Meeting Notes
SNAP Regular Meeting, October 27, 2020

  • Carl Lambert has agreed to be our next president!
  • We will have a planning meeting Saturday, November 14th at 10:00, via Zoom. Let Carl or Emily know if you’d like to join us.
  • DeShawn will have the annual show with the “Brighter Days” youth from 10-2 that same day, at Edgehill United Methodist Church, 1502 Edgehill Ave.
  • Robin Conover will present to the BPG next month.
  • Program: [Watch the Recording]
    Frist Museum Curator, Katie Delmez, will comment on the current show at the JCC.
    Carrie Mills, the JCC curator, will also comment. Click to view individual photos. And for an overview of the gallery walls, click here.
  • Introduction/Overview by Katie Delmez: Katie expressed the honor of curating the show. This is the first time I’ve had to “explain” my choices. Some background: normally when organizing an exhibition of a living artist, we work closely together – broad survey e.g., or focus on one body of work. So it’s collaborative. If it’s a group show, I have a theme in mind and then reach out to the artist/gallery to select works. So just picking works out of dropbox is different for me. So I’ve not been involved in the exhibition itself nor in providing written ideas/connections, etc. So I’ve just done a sliver. It was a pleasure to see the works. I’ve always been interested in social issues – how we think, see the world, use art as a bridge among people. But in the end I’m going to select works with high artistic merit. Now we do need to express all the pain as well as the silver lining. Which ones speak to this moment – hard parts and good parts. As well as some that transcended all that.
    I did see the installation. Some walls great; others a surprise (for me).
  • First an overview of the exhibition by Carrie Mills: I’ve been curating there 14-15 years at JCC. I came in though as artist (Plowhouse), then with gallery opening, I came on board. With most group shows, so much to consider. As curator, I’ve kept away from using a lot of verbiage; almost all visual. I walk, look, feel, look for stories. Start moving pictures around. I want someone to be pulled into the story. First Wall: Isolation theme. These gave me a feeling of isolation. Pedestals anchored the show. Second Wall: Protests, community. (still thinking about other galleries)
    Opposite Walls, first gallery. On left (Church, reflection), on right (
    Sig Held Gallery: color images, themes: (tornado, relationship with nature, impact with so much color.) Large pieces anchor the wall, then work from there out. Long wall, Sig Held Gallery: thinking about story both backward and forward. Protest, BLM, Tornado, nature. “Love” in the middle to be an anchor.

Individual works, as discussed by Katie Delmez

Al Levenson
#1: Late Light Murfreesboro rd: warmth, theme of America, covers a lot in one photo. We see things thru the current moment, even if taken before.
#2: Self Reflecting requested: yellow building: Buchanan St. Colors vibrant. Composition, light is great. Plus this has a wheat paste mural which has since faded.
Al Wood
#1: Rowing at sunrise. Beautiful, take a deep breath, soothing. Composition, horizon line, reflections. Taken off Hilton Head Island in Jan.
Bill Lindsley
What does the future hold? Beautiful, bands of color, lone figure: romantic painters. Insignificance. Scale.
DaShawn Lewis
#1: In Memory of: What’s happening in our country. Need the conversations. Angle from below, empty space of sky. Representative of all black men, all who have been part of tragedies, an archetypal tributes. Mask marks this moment in 2020.
#2: RIP Gustavo. Loved the grids/bars/crane. Liked it taken from below
#3: Untitled – 6.4: providing dates now is so important. Incredibly powerful – visual of Floyd – BLM poster. Two women who are clutching hands. Being vulnerable on the ground.
#4 Untitled – 8.10 ; zeroizing up on pedestal. Give her the prominence she deserves. Again shot from below. This is where statue was removed.
David Morel
#1: Reaching: perspective, intricacy of branches, the way its out of focus. Formally interesting. Denny Adcock
#1: American Gothic. Christ church. Org. religion, helping people in need, shelter, juxtaposition of Nashville, downtowns bachelorettes vs. homeless. Framed well. Detail of stone, person.
#2: Donelson Tornado 2020: Beautiful tree, sun coming thru, beauty that comes out of destruction.
#3: Russell St. 2020. another tornado shot. Marks the moment in Nashville. Drawn to red throughout, the tree shaved.
#4: Wind Dance; speaks to destruction, but ironic beauty that omes out. E. Nashville. Texture of clouds.
Emily Helms
#1: Books on Lockdown: squares, and horizontals, windows, awning. Reflections, light. “Closed” sign reminds us of times. Learning to pivot.
Emily Passino
#1: Endless Morning: drawn to it, diagonal, reflection, girl wi/doll. Where: Courthouse square. Simple yet much going on with framing.
#2: Justice: juxtaposing of this nice home with fence and walls with call for justice.
#3: safe Distance; couple of looks – then see foot, reflection. Med center at 100 oaks. Taken on iPhone.
#4:Shift change: sense the weight of medical People.
Kay Ramming
#1: Closed: timeless, in style of machine age photography

Kimberly Manson:
#1: Same but different. BLM. Off-centered is good. BLM, wires, We all have same elements but different. Juxtaposition.
#2 Streets during quarantine. So strange to see Nashville like this. Framing, lighting great.
Good to see perspective up the hill, not down.
#3: The trade: isolation, sadness, trading one outdated thing for another.
Laura Carpenter:
#1: Ashore. Pictorialist photo, with rowers for me, speaks to strange summer.
Lesley Gill
#1: Say His Name. Bricks in sun, figures with fists – top of photo versus bottom
#2: Take Your Knees Off: sign is powerful. Same day as #1.
#3: Hand on/hands off. Gloves are sign of times, mask in photos
Mary Rice
#1 Facing uncertainty: bold colors, simple composition, geometric forms. It’s upside down.
#2 What the world needs now. Emotional reprieve. Sometimes subtle is good too. Colors, geometric forms, textures, blue sky, street. Great photo
Mike Gannon
#1: Isolation: expresses what many are feeling, but ray of hope with light, dog. Framing is great. Almost like prison. Light is great. Pleasing
Pat Hollander
#1: Alone: Downtown Nashville. Neon, energy, but quiet
#2 Invisible. Garbage people in Hong Kong. Essential worker without credit feel
#3: Quarantine. Speaks to today’s situation. Captured the distance we feel. Nursing care.
#4: the message. Diversity of people participating. Tutu’s statement important. Street into background.
Rick Borchert:
#1: Parking garage. Scary movie feel, but angles/lights/grate: powerful
Rick Wise:
#1: Barn & Silo: great composition, lighting, reflection, horizon line, pleasing. Take a deep breath!
#2: Texting, but on the phone
Susan Harrell:
#1 Believe in Nashville; great combination of sky, bricks, windows, texture
#2: Doing my part: hay guy: sign of the times, but with levity
Wayne Thomas
#1: modified phase II: Well done. Great light, detail, composition, with aspect of eatery/bar not being evident at first
#2: Powerhouse blocks well done. Great shapes, color, textures.

Notes by BL – all mistakes mine…

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September 2020 Meeting Notes

Upcoming Exhibits  

•       Hotel Preston now rescheduled for Jan-Apr 2021

•       JCC is October 2 through 10/31

Stephen Coppell for “Self-Expression through Imagery

Newsletter at https://stevenkoppel.com

View the Video

Business consultant

Creative Expression 

Image from Cape Cod

Self-Expression – EDI (Expressive Digital Imagery)

Have been out with his camera daily during the pandemic – it’s about the experience of taking the images

Robert Henri – painter – Quote about connection

Guy Tal – More than a Rock – quote

Quote from facebook follower 

Brewster Flats – sand, water, sky formed by glacial flow in the elbow of the cape.  7 x 1 mile and water is still up to knees

Allow the moment to evolve, become inspired 

About: 

·       Ripples – change on the Brewster Flats

·       Follow the dropping tide – island

·       Same composition in different times of year – fall/summer/winter/low tide/frozen/flowing lines

·       Freedom/space

·       Each tide changes the sand

·       Tide pools

·       Clouds and sky mirror the sand formations

·       Mary Oliver 

·       Toni Morrison – beauty

·       Drone photography – grace of the flowing water

·       Incoming tide sunset creates different shapes

·       Aaron Siskind

·       Sunset / crescent moon

·       Reflections when wind is low

·       Angel’s wings in the sky

·       Albert Einstein – mysterious

·       30 seconds – camera can see what eyes can’t

·       Fog / storms

·       Neowise 

·       Henri Cartier-Bresson – it is the photo that takes you

·       Offered vs Capture

·       Birds gather in fall

·       Abstract form – ICM to accentuate 

·       Sand swirls – drone

·       Abstract with clouds

·       Drone – river flow

Nikon D850 / 14-22mm lens

Lightroom luminosity masking

Guy Tal reference 

Ansel Adams – Moonrise – SOOC vs darkroom

·       Negative is score / print is performance

·       Print is artistic performance

Does print match your creative vision

ND – 6-stop just the right brightness/darkness – Breakthrough

Drone DJI Mavic 2 w/Hasselblad 24mm?

Mostly on tripod / and many longer exposures

Sense movement and flow of water 

Weathly – pristine surf and wonderful dunes / national seashore 

In the surf to immerse in the experience 

Can take shots down the coast, out to sea, back toward shore to the dunes

Sometimes camera gets wet

Rumi – the breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you

20 sec exposure at dawn

Running retreats – try a 30 second exposure 

Sand patterns

Watch for footprints 

4” off the ground – intimate wide angle

Loren Eiseley – If there is magic on this planet, it is in water

Water – brushstrokes of nature, the landscape and water flow guides shot selection

Uses live view to take images

Shutter speeds are important to create the right effect

Clouds in the water – use burst mode to capture variety

Waves at the beach – walk out 100 ft at low tide 

“Nothing to photograph here” can create inspiring image 

Parallel movement of water to shore 

Sand bar created look of river rapids

Ralph Waldo Emerson – Patience quote

Panning camera along with waves with slower exposure to express movement of water

6 stop ND filter with ½ second shutter and panning

Water looking like clouds, started using waterproof casing

Dorothea Lange – instant out of time 

1/20th shutter speed creates fireworks effect

New work:

Underwater housing – wave tunnel / splashing / dramatic surf 

1 splash fireworks

Position yourself where the water is crashing

Dancing water

Tripod maintenance – Really Right Stuff – cleans it every couple of months

Lick your lens – the saliva forms a barrier

The principles apply regardless of location 

•       Return to same places and capture different images

•       Use your creative vision

Books

The Cape Cod National Seashore

Brewster flats

EDI – enhancing self-expression and connection for patients and caregivers

Cancer institute – Dana Farber

Used Snapseed – create images to reflect journey of cancer 

•       Created non-profit institute to have art therapy for many conditions

•       Cancer / addiction / psychology

•       My road to renewal – layers told story

•       Picture of her sandwich

•       Finding peace in uncertainty – tree

•       Addiction – path least traveled

•       Bereaved trials – express outside vs inside 

•       Light in times of darkness – burnout

•       Recovery plan

•       Medical staff wearing images 

•       Ediinstitute.org

•       Ted talk – Steven Koppel

•       I started noticing colors again

•       My Moments is the name of the app

•       ExploreMyMoments – password

Overall takeaways:  more inspiration!

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Only Two More Weeks

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August Meeting Notes

We have the pleasure of welcoming Emily Naff for the Summer Book Talk on “Within the Frame” by David duChemin. 

Business:

  • Second Harvest Fundraiser: 41 photographers, 79 photos.  Spreading word on Instagram and Facebook now, with big push on August 31st, when gallery opens.  See www.snapgallery.org. Kudos to Tamra Stallings (website), Jo Fields (promos) and Sainadh Mallula (Instagram). 

•        JCC August 29 deadline; Submit up to 5.  See https://snapnashville.org/gordon-jcc-2020/ for details. Can have leeway on framing, as long as it can be hung on their hardware. JCC – likely no reception, but by appointment

•        Recorded meetings now on YouTube! At least three of them to date.  Note that there are also links on our website www.snapnashville.org. Sadly, I neglected a step in August, so our Summer Book Talk is not available.

Upcoming Meetings:

  • September 1 – Scott Davenport, thanks to Brentwood Photography Club. 

•        September 1st BPG Meeting – 7pm – Brentwood Photography Group invites SNAP to hear Scott Davenport presenting on Long Exposure Photography.  If you are not familiar with him, you can learn more about Scott here.

•        REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND THE SEPT MEETING.Use this link to register.

  • September 22 – Regular SNAP meeting via Zoom, 6:30: Stephen Coppell from Massachusetts, (https://stevenkoppel.com
  • October 27 – – Regular SNAP meeting via Zoom, 6:30: JCC selections, critique by our juror Katy Delmez
  • November – no meeting
  • December – pot luck, Dirty Santa – remains to be seen if feasible; backup plan:  do this whenever we actually start meeting in person again!

Future Exhibits  

  • Hotel Preston now rescheduled for Jan-Apr 2021
  • Scarritt Bennett Center now to be in 2022

Summer Book Sharing, Within the Frame by David DuChemin/Emily Naff leading 

Meeting could not be recorded, so use the notes along with the screen shots of the images submitted on Google Drive.

Thumbnails for each chapter are inserted below. Also, there wasn’t time to discuss each of the photos, but all are included.

See the attached document for detailed notes and images.

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Coming in Three Weeks

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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.