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Next Photo Union Meeting Tuesday, September 9th
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

September 9th
October 14th
November 11
December 9th

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 for the September 9th Meeting

Hello Photo Union Friends!  

I hope you’ve been enjoying a joyful, healthy and satisfying Summer.  It’s true, our days are becoming notably shorter and Winter creeps closer each day, but what better to ease us into the coming seasons than some delightful and heady photo making, viewing and discussion?  

As those who attended our last session know – and/or those who attended our September 2013 session know as well – our current assignment asks for Fair images.  I know many of you found your way to any number of county fairs in recent weeks, and in fact a number of you made your way to Owatonna this past weekend for the Steele County Free Fair, a personal favorite of mine.  Now, whether or not you ventured out, here comes the mother of all Fairs, The Minnesota State Fair, and I’d like to encourage to go make pictures there.  I have a caveat of course:  I want you make YOUR pictures there.  This is important.  If you are a landscape shooter, find the the sky, the horizon; if you are a still life shooter, find objects that move you; if you are a portrait shooter, ask to make some; if you are a conceptual shooter, find your theme, or the irony; if you are an architectural shooter, find your angles; if you are street shooter, well, the State Fair is your oyster.  I don’t ultimately want to see images of the fair – this one, or any other.  I want to see who you are as a photographer and artist expressed within the context of the fair.  Sure, we will likely recognize the subject.  But I want it seen through your unique eyes – we all do.  

Okay, so I’ve been told that some of you hate the State Fair.  I hope armed with your camera and the mandate to make that place your own (photographically speaking) you might find some motivation to attend, and some joy there.  But I do offer this to those who either dislike the State Fair experience, or for any reason may not be able to attend:  The alternate assignment concerns Summer cliches (which the Fair itself may be considered).  This could be picnics or ballgames or farmers markets, summer flowers or fertile fields.  In this case, I’d like you to explore a much-seen topic and, as with the primary assignment, make it your very own.  

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions.  Remember, we have an exhibition upcoming, so think about which assignment(s) you’d like to display there, and also let me know that you’d like to participate – space is limited.  

I’d like to remind you as well that the F-Stop Group call for entries “The American Way” closes August 29th.  I will be jurying that exhibit with Tom Arndt, and would be proud to see your work there, as well as in our first Photo Union exhibition (which will happen in tandem).  

Looking forward to seeing you and your work.  Thank you and happy Labor Day!

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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