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):

David Ulrich, Zen Camera, hardback ~$15, David Ulrich draws on the principles of Zen practice as well as forty years of teaching photography to offer six profound lessons for developing your self-expression. Doing for photography what The Artist’s Way and Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain did for their respective crafts, Zen Camera encourages you to build a visual journaling practice called your Daily Record in which photography can become a path of self-discovery.

Calendar of Important Dates…

SNAP Calendar 2019

May 28  6:30-8:00-ish, MeetingAmanda McCadams – Prospering as a Photographer through Social Media.  F
June 25 6:30-8:00-ish, MeetingBill Lund and a variety of SNAP members discussing alternatives to digital processing – which may include a live demo! Stay tuned for more details.
July 13 Deadline for Hotel Preston submissions, “Sense of Connections: Finding Our Commonality.  Detailed call for entry sent in two previous emails.
July 23   6:30-8:00-ish, Meeting: Jerry Park – Discussing his new book, A Tennessee Portrait, as well as general ins and outs of publishing a photography book
Aug-Dec Exhibit: Hotel Preston show; Opening reception early September
Aug 20* *Note date change: 6:30-8:00-ish, MeetingEmily Naff leading book discussion
Sept 24 6:30-8:00-ish, Meeting: John Partipilo discussing the Hotel Preston show
October Meeting & Exhibit:  JCC juror at meeting to discuss show at JCC this month

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.

Meeting Summary

  • Thanks to Audrey Molloy, arts critic, photographer and writer currently based in Nashville for a rich presentation, “Contemporary Trends in Photography/Visual Storytelling.”  We will be posting more from Audrey when it’s available, but for a glimpse of the fine photos she presented, see at least the cover and a few representative photos in Aperture’s “Photography is Magic” by Charlotte Cotton: https://aperture.org/shop/photography-is-magic-3681/..
  • To say that contemporary photography is breaking the boundaries of how people think of photography is an understatement. For example “still life” is a trend, but with constructed and conceptual items in the studio. “Photography about photography” is also a trend.
  • The photos Audrey presented were experimental, framed by “Web 2.0,” and raise fascinating questions about the definition of photography. I managed to catch a few names of some of these phtographers – To whet your appetite, see:

o   Kate Steciw: https://www.artspace.com/artist/kate_steciw

o   Jessica Eaton: https://www.artsy.net/artist/jessica-eaton

o   Taisuke Koyama: http://www.tiskkym.com

o   Martin Elder: http://martenelder.com/work#1

o   Evan La Londe: http://evan.lalon.de

  • Other SNAP Business
    Summer Reading
    :  Send book suggestions to Emily.passino@gmail.com. Some great titles already proposed -we’ll have a survey later this spring and settle upon our group read.  Current projects: thanks to the half dozen members who brought in examples of their current work – intriguing new approaches, great questions, stimulating conversation, which we will do again next month. Welcome to new members!  See information at end of email for more about getting plugged into the group.

SNAP Calendar 2019

Mar 26 6:30-8:00-ish, Meeting:  Beth Gorham, curator for “The Photograph Celebrated,” will discuss the organization of the exhibit along with her more general thoughts on elements of a great photograph.
March 27 Exhibit Ends:  NSCC, Selected works from SNAP 2018 shows.  Pick up dates: 3/28-29.
April 25 – Note: THURSDAY 6:00, Outing/Meeting:  Confirmed! A guided tour at the Frist to see Dorothea Lange’s work…

https://fristartmuseum.org/calendar/detail/dorothea-lange

May 28 6:30-8:00-ish, MeetingAmanda McCadams – Prospering as a Photographer through Social Media
Summer Summer Reading:  Book TBD – Survey of group late spring
June 25 6:30-8:00-ish, MeetingBill Lund and a variety of SNAP members discussing alternatives to digital processing – which may include a live demo! Stay tuned for more details.
Aug – Dec Exhibit: Hotel Preston show; Opening reception TBD, early Sept
July 23  6:30-8:00-ish, Meeting: Jerry Park – Discussing his new book, A Tennessee Portrait, as well as general ins and outs of publishing a photography book
Aug 27 6:30-8:00-ish, Meeting: Emily Naff leading book discussion

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.

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.

SNAP Meeting Night Change!

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

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

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

New revised REVISED calendar is below:

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

Tamara Reynolds with juror critique of JCC show

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

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

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

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

September Notes…

August Meeting and Key Upcoming Happenings

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

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

We thank them both – excellent show and great comments.

 

Upcoming SNAP activities.

 

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

6:30 – 8:00 Regular SNAP Meeting,

Tamara Reynolds with juror critique of JCC show

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

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

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

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

Robin Conovor, discussing landscape photography and the world of magazines

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

 

General S.N.A.P. Information

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

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

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

Key contact information:

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

August Meeting Notes…

July Meeting and Key Upcoming Happenings

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

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