Photo Union League
Next Photo Union Meeting Tuesday, May 13th
You are welcome to join Photo Union anytime, just sign up by clicking here!.
Photo Union Meeting Dates
MPC Members: $22.50 a session
Non-Members: $25.00 per session
Note all meetings are on Tuesdays
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:
Notes From Sally & Assignment From the April Meeting
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
Photo Union League:
In April we looked at your self-assigned projects, and if I may say so, they were outstanding! The creativity, talent and dedication of this group awes me time and again. We saw projects that were mysterious, humorous, elegant, intelligent and very beautiful - oft times all at once! I was struck by how hard each of you worked to create work, and how your effort appeared so effortless.
For May we shoot a project that began last winter. Perhaps it was December when I first mentioned the idea of a series of self-portraits...but not self-portraits in the sense of your likeness; self-portraits of your nature. While it's been said that all photography is a self-portrait (at least in some sense), in the photographic world at large the imagery we see in support of this terminology is usually an exploration of the physical self - perhaps or perhaps not exclusively. I don't want to see your physical self, though you may choose to reference some manner of your physical presence. The images I'd like most to see tell viewers who you are, how you are, what you know, what you love, or hate...or, inevitably, an edited and conceived version of these explorations.
While photography as an art form is typically based in the physical world, with physical places and objects, the most moving work - in fact, the work you have been consistently creating - uses these real things to convey conceptual attributes: Love, time, memory, experience, moment, history, heritage. Your work - not just as a photographer, but as an artist, truly - has evolved into a forum of emotion and expression. Now we turn this skillset on ourselves; ourselves as inspiration; ourselves as subject - but not object.
Bear your soul, or wrap it up quite specifically; take us into your world, or show us your aspiration, or fears, or hopes. What do you believe you know? What are you asking? What is it that makes you you, distinct from all others, while linked to them?
We at Photo Union are linked - by a love of photography, by a love of expression, and creation. We are linked in an optimism for work that is created - the simple existence of it sometimes. We are linked in welcoming all - those who wish to shoot, to share, to speak...or just to listen, and watch. If you are joining us for the first time in May, this assignment serves a wonderful introduction, should you choose to participate! And if you are a Photo Union regular, I know you've been working up to this one...considering it, waiting for the weather to break.
Feel free to reach out any time with questions, and I can't wait to see your "you"!
Look on our Facebook page for great work, news, exhibitions and more. And I'll be working with Abby and Orie on details for an autumn Photo Union show, stand by.
Thank you as always. Here comes the Spring.
: 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.