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Photo: Sally Mars
Exhibit Dates: November 13th thru January 3rd 2016
Photo Coop Gallery
Limited to 30 Photo Union Members submitting up to four photographs

Our second annual Photo Union League exhibition will reflect the nature of our sessions  - and our goals for same -  by focusing on our own unique signature and voice in response to a single concept or subject, in this case Fairs – County or State; Town, Art or otherwise.  We shall consider the notion of Fairs to be a scheduled, traditional gathering for the purpose of exposition.  Ideally, I’d like to ask you to attend a summertime fair (County, Town or State would be my best hope) and to create original work there, though I will seek to accommodate those who may not be readily able to do so by opening the call the work more broadly interpreting what a Fair might be.  For each of us, the general forum of the work is much the same – a traditional Fair.  However, the goal for this assignment is not to tell me what a fair is.  Quite the contrary:  The goal for this assignment – and for this Call for Entries, and our subsequent exhibition – is to demonstrate our prowess in expressing our artistic vision despite the subject or setting.  What do I mean by this?  Well, what I mean is I want you to shoot pictures at a Fair this summer.  But I don’t want to see “fair pictures” per se.  What I want to see is your pictures – images that fit seamlessly into your body of work, reflecting your photographic calling, and your own artistic vision.  Thus, landscape shooters are to seek its equivalent within the limitations set forth here; conceptual shooters should seek or create opportunities to expound on their themes within the asset boundaries a Fair might provide.  Portrait shooters may seek portraits; nature shooters are to find the nature within the Fair’s offerings; those who document (as an example) their families would create photos about them first and foremost.  And so it goes for those who shoot wildlife, architecture, shadows, reflections, the mundane, the exotic, or light.  You need not describe what a Fair is.  Instead, describe for us who you are, what moves you creatively, and tell us what you mean to say about your world – actively, through interpretation, exclusion, construction, addition and the triangulation of your heart, your mind and your eyes.  
I am not asking you to abstract, manipulate or change your vision to specifically omit conventional Fair images.  What I am asking is that you do not let the subject itself drive you, but rather that you view this subject with your heart/mind/eyes, and let them – versus the subject itself – drive your image-making.  
Since the subject itself is merely a parameter, I will remind you of the importance of using your keen skill set, and to make your decisions regarding composition, light, value and hue deliberate ones.  Bring me images you are proud of, and would be proud to display.
We will present a Photo Union show that excites each of us – and an audience – by demonstrating the unity of our group, the diversity of its artists, and the breathtaking talent I have watched blossom in every single one of you.

Submission Deadline: September 13th, 2015
Cost for Entry: $25 for Four  images
Submitting Your Entries: Submit MPC Online  Tool, (Smarter Entry (  
Image Requirements: sRGB or RGB color space (standard); 72 ppi resolution; flatten layers 8 bit; 1280 pixels on the longest side; JPG format, compression level 8 (medium).
Call for Entry Close: September 13, 2015
Juror: Sally Mars
Juror Results: September 20th
Exhibit Dates: November 13th, 2015 thru January 4th, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, November 13th, 2015 in conjunction with FStop
Exhibit Dates: November 13th thru January 3rd 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, November 13th - 6:30 - 9:00

Happy shooting,
Sally Mars
Next Photo Union Meeting Tuesday, September 8th @ 6:30

Photo Union Meeting Dates
MPC Members: $27.00 a session
Non-Members: $30.00 per session

Note all meetings are on Tuesdays 6:30 - 9:00
Scheduled Meetings for 2015
September 8th
October 12th- Please note this is a Monday
November 10th
December 8th 

Message from Sally
Hello fine fellows of the Photo Union League!  I hope you are enjoying your summer.  I’ve been remiss is posting our summer assignment, though I’ve small doubt you have a sense of it in any per what is now tradition, our Summer assignment asks for images of Fairs (or the more general Summer Celebrations for those who quite specifically have an aversion to attending a county or state fair this season).  Community and County Fairs, and perhaps our State Fair in particular, are heavily photographed subjects – for me, the very mention of these themes conjures some array of expected (if charming) imagery.  However, this assignment is not about describing what a Fair is, or documenting its generalities.  Quite the contrary – our goal for this assignment is to find “our” photos within the context of this single, well-known type of event.  To this, I ask you to create images that express your particular photographic voice, both in terms of execution, and subject.  Landscape shooters should seek out landscapes; still life shooters still life imagery; nature photographers nature, portrait photographers portraits.  Those who are driven by shadows and reflections should work to find them in this setting; those driven by light should hunt it down; those who shoot humor, animals, sports, patterns and textures, architecture...each of us is prescribed the duty of finding and creating images that reflect not so much the setting necessarily, but our own, individual artistic voice.  My hope is to see a collection of the unseen, or under-seen aspects of the fair; to see a diverse selection of images that might startle and surprise those who believe they know what fair pictures look like, or even what the fair itself is.  I anticipate a range of images – from ones rooted in the setting to ones that seemingly negate the setting entirely.  Subjects that could be considered cliché expressions of a fair – rides, livestock, judging – are of course welcome.  The key with these is to exercise your own visual signature in documenting them – because you do have a signature, and all of us in our group recognize and appreciate it.  A single subject we each in turn make our very own – this our assignment for Summer.  

I liked the idea of a “field trip” to the Steele County or State Fair, as schedules may allow.  Let’s keep in touch about this as we get closer to them.  In fact, let’s keep in touch most generally.  For me, Summer is a distracting time of year.  And yet you are in mind.  

My thanks to each of you for your creativity, generosity, vulnerability and beautiful work.

Sally Mars    


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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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