Photo Union League
Next Photo Union Meeting Tuesday, Dec. 17th
You are welcome to join Photo Union anytime, just sign up for a meeting.
Photo Union Meeting Dates 2014
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:
- 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
Thank you for providing perfected visuals reflecting this time of year – the look of it yes, but also and especially, the feel of it...the feel of it through many eyes and psyches....the best of it, and the melancholy. You help me feel optimistic in the face of the oncoming winter by so effectively interpreting the immediate. It serves as inspiring reminder to see, to experience, and to create.
Let me say as well that it is exciting for each of us to watch one another blossom as artists. With each session, your work becomes more confident and more distinct, your introductions to your work more willing, your observations more generous. As an artist I thank each of you for a powerful and rewarding experience.
November is typically the month our Minnesota trees go bare. Our days shorten dramatically, our nights grow long with equivalent drama. It gets cold, hopefully in a way that allows us to become used to it, or for our bodies to. It houses Veterans’ Day. But November’s overwhelming trait is likely the Thanksgiving holiday, a day for gratitude, feast, family...and for some a day of reminiscence, overindulgence or anxiety. We discussed the concept of Tradition – those we recognize, those we treasure, those which we might resent, and those which we might only imagine – the traditions of others, or, ones we fantasize about; ones we only wish existed. Together we discussed how tradition is born...typically, through the repeated actions of a given culture. Or, in the case of the Thanksgiving holiday, by a meeting of cultures.
With these ideas in mind, our assignment for December is to create images based on tradition or culture. These images can be documentary, interpretive, fanciful, conceptual. The key is to have your images be personal and honest. Tapped into one’s own well, the resulting vision is always compelling, as we have so often witnessed.
Some things to see and do: The F-Stop Exhibition Work/Play is a stunning collection, and features pieces by a number of Photo Union members. Be sure check out the show, and the catalog! Union member Charles Hezsley has 12 pieces up at the Robbin Gallery in Robbinsdale through December 14 http://www.robbingallery.org/ . And Union member Paul Vitko will be sharing recent work with the F-Stop group on Thursday, November 20 – come out and show your support http://www.mplsphotocenter.com/education/fstop.php
And some exhibition opportunities:
Photo Place Gallery has two current calls for entry – one regarding Imagined Realities, and one regarding Black and White: http://www.vtphotoworkplace.com/id233.html
Lenscratch has a free, open call for Family images for their Thanksgiving posting. Images are due no later than November 19: http://lenscratch.com/exhibitions/submit/ - check out their other free calls as well.
And our beloved MPC has a current call for “The Visual Narrative”, juried by Susan Burnstine: http://www.mplsphotocenter.com/exhibits/exhibit-competitions.php – images are due by January 5.
Regarding our December meeting...I am awaiting news of a work-related booking...thank you for your patience while this sorts out. Our normally scheduled date would be December 10. I think either 3 or 9 is more likely, and I promise to let you know just as soon as possible. Thank you again for understanding!
Happy creating friends! And hope to see you at F-Stop next Thursday! As always, feel free to contact me any time with any questions. And find me on facebook!