Since the Mapleton Center changed their policies and cut off our access, the officers and some key volunteers of the Flatirons Photo Club have been in full scramble mode trying to find new homes for the monthly meetings of the club and the Digital Study Group. This has been a lot more difficult than you might think. Although we currently have our fingers crossed on a couple possibilities, nothing has yet been nailed down for certain.
In the meantime, the Feb. 1 Digital Study Group meeting will take place from 6:45–8:45 at the Reynolds Branch of the Boulder Public Library, 3595 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, CO 80305. Please note the time change; we have to be out the door by 8:45. As I mentioned in a previous email, Bruce Henderson will do a presentation on his “little planets” spherical panoramic images. We’ll look at and discuss images that members are working on for this month’s Special Topic, “Boulder Landmarks: Natural and Man-Made,” as well as any other images you may want to share with us. (You can bring your images on a thumb drive.) I will do a short presentation on the work of visual artist/photographer Vik Muniz.
Digital Study Group meetings are open to one and all. Note: If you find these meetings valuable, we hope you will become a member of the Flatirons Photo Club (at just $20 yr.), since the rental charge wherever we land we will be adding significant expense to our meager budget.
Treasurer, Flatirons Photo Club
Creation of a digital slide show set to music is the focus of the February 9 talk by Richard Holmes. Everyone should be able to do this with the equipment they already have. Richard will explain general procedures and techniques that should apply to any slideshow software program, whether on Mac or PC. Richard also feels music is just as important as the photos in a successful slideshow presentation, and will also illustrate that.
Richard’s bio reads as follows:
I have been in Boulder for thirty years and a photo club member for most of that time. Nearly everyone starts out with scenic photography and so did I. After seeing so many beautiful wildlife photos in the early years, especially birds, I became hooked on wildlife, and traveled extensively to photograph birds. Forty thousand slides later I converted to digital and kept doing it. Interests evolve however, and recently dragonflies, butterflies, and other small critters have been my main attraction, causing me to buy still another lens.
Flatirons Photo Club and Colorado Nature Camera Club, I must say, made all this possible. Over the years I have met and learned so much from so many talented photographers in both clubs. And I am still learning.
We are excited to welcome to Flatirons Photo Club an artist and teacher known to many of us from his participation in Open Studios and from his inspired teaching. Chris Brown has a unique approach to landscape photography that he has developed over several decades of work. His approach is best described in his own words, “I have spent much of my life living in the wilderness, and my photography is both homage to our home, and an attempt to share some of the beauty, and solace, that derives from wild places. He will share his process as well as his book PATH OF BEAUTY: PHOTOGRAPHIC ADVENTURES IN THE GRAND CANYON.
Chris Brown will be presenting and signing his new book: Path of Beauty, Photographic Adventures in the Grand Canyon, and will display prints from the book. He will give a short talk about his process of First Sight and the Art of Seeing, which is the foundation of his practice of photography. He discusses the difficulty of seeing the world clearly, and the demons and human psychology that get in our way.
Chris has photographed in the West for over 4 decades, and makes prints in his Boulder studio. He has exhibited in over 100 shows, and his prints are in many private and public collections. He recently collaborated with Boulder’s Sound Circle Chorus in a live concert combining a video of his book with songs about the Grand Canyon river experience, which will be presented again this spring.
He teaches one-on-one classes and custom workshops in his studio, and displays his work there each October during Open Studios. This April he will be doing a joint show at NCAR with Boulder Quilter Judith Trager, featuring photographs from his book, and quilts inspired by them.
In his jurying for club members he will be looking for work that is unique and original. “I would like to see photographs I have never seen before, in choice of subject matter, interpretation, and its treatment in printing.”
(Signed copies of the book will be $30.00,which is 25% off the retail price.)