Photo Union League
Next Photo Union Meeting Tuesday, February 9th @ 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
Meetings for 2016
Message & Assignment from Sally
Such a wonderful evening together, reflecting on the recent past as a collective experience...your photos of December 30, 2015 (as well as your photos of other days and events too) bound me to you and us to one another – that day, again last week, and again since. A beautiful evening viewing truly beautiful work. Thank you.
Regarding our February assignment, those who have attended Photo Union for some time as well as those who listened to me expound upon matter on Tuesday know I harbor some level of resentment to what I call “The Heirarchy of Language” - the idea that communication through language, through words – is culturally paramount, and manners of expression such as the visual arts are, to some extent, enslaved to language. We are expected to “explain” our work or our process, even though visual communication is itself profound, and speaks in a wordless language all its own. For example, no novelist or poet to my knowledge has been encouraged to provide visuals to validate or legitimize their work. But photographers, painters, sculptors, choreographers - all asked to “define” their work in words.
Our assignment for February seeks to free us from this hierarchy. I am asking you to create a poem, a verse, or a passage through a series of images that communicate what only your own mind, heart and means of expression can convey. This assignment is not a photojournalism exercise, and the tale you present does require a beginning, a middle and an end. Many of the most beautiful poems – many of my favorites – convey only a moment, or a mood, or a memory or a secret. A poem may be descriptive. It may be sensory. A verse may be a delicate and graceful expression of rhythm; a heartbeat. Or it may be a reassurance on which we lean.