Once again the Peoria Camera Club will be hosting the 2018 National Insect Salon, a Photographic Society of America-sanctioned Nature competition. Images must be submitted no later than September 15, 2018. The judging will be on 9/22/2018.
Photographer and artist Jason Reblando will give a talk about his recent photography book New Deal Utopias (Kehrer Verlag, 2017), which explores three planned communities built by the U.S. government during the Great Depression. His project explores the built environments and landscapes of Greenbelt, Maryland; Greenhills, Ohio; and Greendale, Wisconsin, collectively known as “Greenbelt Towns,” to evoke utopia both as an idea and a place in the American mind. He will also discuss fascinating historical context of the towns by incorporating archival photographs from the Farm Security Administration.
Jason received his MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago, and a BA in Sociology from Boston College. He is the recipient of a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship to the Philippines, an Artist Fellowship Award from the Illinois Arts Council, and a Community Arts Assistance Program grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. His work has been published in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Politico, Camera Austria, Slate, Bloomberg Businessweek, Marketplace, Real Simple, Places Journal, Chicago Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, and the Chicago Reader. His photographs are part of the collections in the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Midwest Photographers Project of the Museum of Contemporary Photography, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He teaches photography at Illinois State University and Illinois Wesleyan University.
During the question and answer at Ian Plant’s seminar last month, one of the attendees asked him something similar to this:
“So, you’ve gone to all these remote and fantastic places and taken all these fantastic photographs, what about someone who really can’t travel all around the world to find images. What do we do?”
Basically, the answer was to practice taking photos at home. If you can take good photos here, you can take good photos when you do eventually get to these places.
I wanted to do a presentation on just that, finding good photos here in Illinois. But I also promised Sam Black I would cover England and Scotland at some point. So, I decided to do both. On three separate trips over the last 20 years to England, Scotland and Wales, I took pictures of where I was at the time, rarely venturing out to the ultra-spectacular locations. It was combination vacation and photo excursion when I could get the time. So time was short on my own, or I had to find the shots where I was.
I’ll be covering different themes and subjects I am always looking for when I am out and about. This is the United Kingdom Edition.
Peoria Camera Club is open to anyone with a desire to improve their ability as a photographer. Membership is fun, educational and inexpensive. Our dues are only $20 annually. Attend a few meetings and get to know us.
Be our guest and come to the next club meeting at the First United Methodist Church at 116 NE Perry Ave in downtown Peoria. Map
A camera changes our perception of reality in several significant ways. See the way your camera sees.
Technical choices can transform your subject profoundly and artistically. Then consider other important factors such as perspective, position, composition, light and moment.
Join Ian for this enlightening and exciting seminar as he shares his insights about the use of composition, storytelling and light to make photos that grab attention and never let go.
March 24, 2018
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Illinois Valley Central High School
1300 West Sycamore in Chillicothe, IL
World-renowned professional photographer Ian Plant is known for his inspiring images and dedication to capturing the beauty of our world. Ian’s mission is to inspire and educate others in the art of photography. He is a frequent contributor to many leading photo magazines, managing editor of Outdoor Photography Guide, a Tamron Image Master and the author of numerous books and instructional videos.
Hank Erdmann is making a special trip from Lockport, IL to give us his presentation “ Experiencing Versus Seeing, Using your 11 Senses for Better Composition” Hank has been with us in the past and we are very fortunate that he was willing to make the trip all the way down here.
From Hank’s Blog:Experiencing Versus Seeing; Your 10? Senses and Image Making
Experiencing nature versus just seeing nature is what brings us as human beings to truly cherish it. By paying attention to our five human senses; vision, hearing, touch, smell and taste and to our five artistic senses; feeling, awareness, contrast, beauty, and simplicity, our photographs can start to match our awe and love for the natural world and share those feelings with those who view our images.
At some point in the progression of becoming an artist, and more specifically a photographer, we understand that seeing and documenting subject matter is not enough no matter technically proficient one is. At some point we realize we need more than just technical skill to make images that offer the viewer feeling and inspiration. Eventually we learn that there is more than going to a place or scene, holding up the camera or cell phone and pointing it at a subject and clicking the shutter button. We either learn enough of the technical side or nowadays with advances in photographic equipment and in software, we just ignore that side and let our gear and software do OUR work for us. I’d make a case that wouldn’t be prudent but that’s another argument and another article for a later time. As we progress in our artistic life and grow as an artist, we start making the effort to learn more on the aesthetic side of the equation versus that on the mechanical and technical side.
David Vernon will do a presentation on drones and still photography at our February 27th meeting.
From David’s website http://www.escapesphoto.com
I wear many hats. I am a commercial, portrait, and fine art photographer living and working in Central Illinois.
I picked up and began using my first camera when I was eight years old. For all of those years, photography was a companion who was either a half step ahead or behind. There were years where I was deeply immersed and there were years when other things in a busy life intruded. In all that time, this companion sat on the edge of my life waiting patiently to capture the moment when the light of recognition clicked on over my head. During that time, I’ve come to understand two things: that my art is what makes me truly happy and that life is too short not to follow one’s passion.
Our photo shoot is this Saturday, February 17th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. We’ll provide the set ups, models, and a variety of props. The workshop is open to Peoria Camera Club and KodaRoamers Club members only. The workshop is free but to help cover model and refreshment expenses we are asking for a maximum donation of $10 per person. Refreshments will be provided in the morning and many restaurants are nearby for lunch.
We’ll be setting up on Friday, Feb 16, starting at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, We will break for lunch from 12:00 PM to 1:00. We could use some help setting up Friday and packing up after the photo shoot Saturday. Please let me know if you will be available to help
The workshop is from 9 am to 4 pm – First United Methodist Church- 116 NE Perry Ave, (Corner of Main and Perry) Peoria. Room 215. Use the church entrance facing Perry. Parking is in the lot on Perry across the street from the church. Park in the area designated as church parking.