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Next Photo Union Meeting Tuesday, October 14th @ 6:30
Assignment is Posted Below

Photo Union Meeting Dates
MPC Members: $22.50 a session
Non-Members: $25.00 per session

Note all meetings are on Tuesdays
Scheduled Meetings for 2014

October 14th
November 11
December 9th

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Photo Union was created to bring monthly discussions, assignments and review to help stimulate, guide and inspire photographers of all levels.

 Using the underlying principles that define and guide great photography, participants will be encouraged to concept and explore ideas, turning the abstract into the concrete through thought provoking assignments.
Photo Union's goal is to elicit the more conceptual aspects of photography, helping the photographer to define their personal and creative vision, while refining their unique photographic voice.
Those new to photography will find that seeing the world through an artist’s eye not only benefits their work, but in turn their being. More established photographers will appreciate the monthly challenges and lively dialogue.
Photo Union encourages practicing the photographic arts to execute new work each month in response to a given assignment.
Photo Union is about thinking, learning, sharing and growing.  It’s about finding your voice, finding inspiration, and limitless exploration of the possible, improbable and impossible.
Photo Union is an accepting and supportive league built on our common love of photography and believes there is an artist in each of us.
Join the Union and free the artist in you today.

Topics that will be discussed and demonstrated:

  • Monthly discussions, assignments and review to help stimulate, guide and inspire photographers of all levels.
  • Participants will be encouraged to concept and explore ideas,
  • Elicit the more conceptual aspects of photography, helping the photographer to define their personal and creative vision
  • Limitless exploration of the possible, improbable and impossible
Notes From Sally & Assignment from the September 9th Meeting
Greetings Photo Unionites,

Welcome back, and...welcome!  Lots of familiar and new faces there Tuesday night for a vibrant and inspiring evening of exchange and review.  We shared subject-based work on Fairs (or our reaction to them), as well as some splendid Summer imagery.  Despite a rather narrow specification for this project, we saw essays that were diverse, individual and enlightening.  Bodies of work ranged from the intimate to universal; the witty and ironic to the reflective and introspective.  It’s hard to make such a public spectacle one’s own, and yet you each did this.  Collectively and individually, we provided a view of the experience such that a stranger might know how it feels.  This is a fantastic accomplishment, and each of contributed – with work, with observation, with your energy and presence.  My thanks to each of you.  

In response to the previous subject-based assignment, my request for October is a selection of images where light – as a specific and essential ingredient in your work – is specifically and deliberately considered.  I am not asking for images of light per se.  I’d like to see you pursue your own subject matter, especially subject matter you most routinely or frequently choose to explore.  But within this signature work of yours, I’d like to see you creating work that conscious of the most suitable light to support the conceptual and emotional message you seek to convey.  This can mean photographing in “great” or optimal light.  It can also mean photographing in deliberately unbecoming light.  It mean a “perfect” exposure, or one that is creatively bright, or dim.  

The goal of this assignment is to engage in consideration of light and the lighting circumstance to propel your images toward your specific intent for them.  That may mean being aware of and providing for the most beautiful light.  It could also mean something nearly opposite of this.  

As an artist, there is a balance to be struck between control and freedom; between the contrived and the uncontrived; the planned and the spontaneous.  This project is not intended to compromise the joyful accident, nor the mystery that is part of the photographic process.  It is intended to engage us in the act of active seeing, or active visualization, in order to attain our most satisfying results.  

And so with this, shoot away!  Shoot what you love, or what you don’t love, or what interests or compels or even revolts you.  But as you do, think about light...see it, feel it, imagine it, adjust it, capture it, subtract it or add to it.  Sure, dancing is the most fun when one forgets about dancing and just moves.  But here, we will work on our moves a bit, so to speak, so that when we do dance, we may do so with greatest confidence.

F-Stop meets this Wednesday!  Join Tom Arndt and me there if you like!  And SHOTS magazine has an open call for entries for their annual portfolio issue.  I know you have great images collections for this.  Details here:

Wishing you a marvelous late September, and early October.  As always, if you have questions you are always welcome to contact me.  And do join us on the Photo Union page on facebook if you are so inclined...I love seeing your work there too.  

Thank you for the generous act of creating art, and for sharing it with us all.  

Yours truly,

Sally Mars

Sally Mars: Sally Mars is Producer of Photography, Broadcast and Film for Photographers and Directors. She also consults as a Project Manager, Creative Director and Marketing Consultant in print and broadcast for select clients including; Prada, Coca Cola, Volvo, Target, Mercedes, Union Pacific, Microsoft, AT&T, Cessna, Fox Sports, Nike, Champion and Reebok. Her agency clients include; Bailey Lauerman, Carmichael Lynch, Clarity Coverdale Fury, Goodby Silverstein, Campbell Mithun Esty, BBDO, GSD&M, Olson, Martin Williams, and Fallon International.

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