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Tonight’s meeting (Feb 12) cancelled

RAPC Members and Guests:

Please note that in light of the current storm warning for the greater Ottawa area we have decided to cancel tonight’s program event. We do not want to put our speakers and members in hardship and risk in coming in for this session.

The Program Committee will examine a rescheduling of the presentations to another date convenient for our two speakers.

Glenn Bloodworth
Chair – RAPC


Amazing Urban Winter Art! Canary Wharf Winter Lights

This article may inspire local photographers for Winterlude …

The Canary Wharf Winter Lights (in England)  features 21 installations by some of the most imaginative and exciting international artists working with light art today. The installations are scattered through the Canary Wharf estate inviting everyone to explore. Many of the installations are interactive and bring back the holiday spirit.

There are more night-light photographs in this excellent blog post by Joanna Kaszubowska at: and more photos with artists descriptions in the official Winter Lights site: and in the Winter Lights leaflet: .

Great stuff! Too bad we can’t import it to Ottawa for Winterlude.

This post submitted by Rick Strong


New Members at the Fieldhouse Bar & Grill before the big night… break a leg!

Tuesday night’s New Members’ Showcase, hosted by Abby for five great years now, was a terrific success.

Fifteen new members presented a rich and varied selection of their images to the welcoming applause of all the club. There were some awesome photos from exotic travel destinations around the world, and sport, portrait and fine art / abstracts, and detail shots which highlighted colour and composition. The new members can be justifiably proud of their work. We look forward to their continuing active contributions and participation in club activities.

Glenn Bloodworth emphasized what an important tradition this evening has become for the RA Photo Club. With such talented people joining us, the future of the club is very bright indeed. Any time you see a green label on a member’s name tag, do yourself a favour and get to know one of these fine folk.

This post submitted by Rod Windover.


Phil Norton, Prince Edward County photographer

Meet Phil Norton. We hope to be seeing Phil in our excellent lineup of speakers in 2019. He has been speaking to camera clubs from Brockville to Cobourg, including Brighton, Quinte, PhotoNat, Loyalist Photojournalism classes, Northumberland, Kingston awards banquet, Brockville and judging in Napanee and Picton as well as Ottawa and the Canadian Farm Writers photography contest, among others. Please see below for a message from Phil Norton about an upcoming workshop that he is holding that may be of interest.

To the RA Club of Ottawa:

Hello from Prince Edward County…

Just to let you know that we have various workshops and tours going on this winter in “The County” and Kingston areas.

I know you have plenty of snowy owls up your way but on January 19th this all-day trip to Amherst Island is a place apart, more than the owls and eagles. We lead you into the home of an interesting farm family that should have its own reality TV show! You’re out in the frozen Lake Ontario for the day photographing ice formations along the rocky shores and old bank barns and stone walls.

It’s probably a 2 and a half hour drive to the ferry dock. Or stay
overnight in The County and attend my Contemplative Photography Workshop the following day, January 20. Details on the website.

If you would like to get on the e-newsletter mailing list or “Like” the page to receive notifications.

Right now I am putting on The Photographic Evolution which shows the history of photography within 4 generations of my family, and
particularly the digital revolution of the past 20 years. I was in the
photography department of The Montreal Gazette from 1996 – 2001 which placed me on the cutting edge of the new technology as it evolved. The other aspect deals with the evolution of each photographer’s particular style and vision through our lifetimes.


Phil Norton

Post submitted by Anna Nitoslawska and Glenn Bloodworth


A book for photographers working in nature and/or fine art disciplines

German photography pioneer Karl Blossfeldt (1865–1932) photographed plants so beautifully, and with such originality, that his work transcends the medium itself. Over more than 30 years, he took thousands of photographs, revealing a formally rigorous talent whose precision and dedication bridge the 19th- and 20th-century worlds of image-making and bring a distinctly sculptural aspect to a firmly two-dimensional art form.

Beautifully but starkly composed against plain cardboard backgrounds, Blossfeldt’s images, relying on a northern light for their sense of volume, reveal nothing of the man but everything of themselves. They are still lifes, piercingly final statements on their subject, and have endured owing to their aesthetics and the ongoing fascination of students and photographers. Like their maker, they are quietly and lastingly effective.

Karl Blossfeldt. The Complete Published Work
Hans Christian Adam
Hardcover, 14 x 19.5 cm, 544 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-5072-7
Multilingual Edition: English, French, German

See more, including some great sample photos, at:

This post submitted by Rick Strong


SPARK Photo Festival

The following juried exhibit competition might be of interest to the R.A. Photo Club members.

The SPARK Photo Festival in Peterborough, Ontario has been featuring a themed juried exhibit for six years now. The exhibit theme is meant to challenge photographers to come up with their best work, working within a broad thematic concept.
Details below:

The theme of SPARK’s 2019 Juried Exhibit is Family Life. The theme is an invitation to look both inward and outward to define through your photographs what family life means to you. You take the photograph, SPARK does the rest – expertly print, matt, frame, and exhibit during the month of April at the Peterborough Public Library the 30 best submissions, where over 30,000 visitors will view your work. Open only to photographers living in the Province of Ontario. Professional accredited photo judges. Cash prizes, plaques and certificates. By submitting, all entrants are also eligible for the draw of a photography book (approx value $100) during the awards reception whether selected to exhibit or not. Complete Juried details:


Robert Boudreau
SPARK Photo Festival Director