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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.

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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: https://www.taschen.com/pages/en/catalogue/photography/all/45427/facts.karl_blossfeldt_the_complete_published_work.htm

This post submitted by Rick Strong

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NCC considering overnight closures of Gatineau Park parkways

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Would closing the Gatineau Park roads at night (and early morning) have a deleterious effect on nature photography in our region? Much would depend on the specific hours of closure, I expect. You can have your say in an NCC survey.

Driving through Gatineau Park could come with a curfew in the future, as the National Capital Commission considers closing down the parkways at night.

Changes considered as part of master plan for the park (from CBC News · Posted: Nov 21, 2018 4:00 AM ET):

Driving through Gatineau Park could come with a curfew in the future, as the National Capital Commission considers updating its master plan.

The NCC launched a survey on Tuesday to consult the public on a number of ideas, including possible changes to Camp Fortune, putting some restrictions on large events in the park and closing its parkways at night. More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/gatineau-park-survey-overnight-closure-1.4913959

The survey is available on the NCC’s website and will remain open until Dec. 10. NCC website link here: http://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/our-plans/gatineau-park-master-plan

Survey link here, also on the NCC website : https://ncc-ccn.questionpro.ca/a/TakeSurvey?tt=n6LDpF3Dr/2N6s0U1mSyXw%3D%3D

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Article about Gordon Parks, Life Magazine Photographer

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The New York Times, Lens section, has published an article about a new book on Gordon Parks. The article may be something of interest to the Urban Group and perhaps people of a certain age who devoured LIFE magazine regularly! It also has some great Gordon Parks photos.

The article states, “At the beginning of the 1940s, Gordon Parks was a self-taught fashion and portrait photographer documenting daily life in both St. Paul and Chicago. By the end of the decade he was photographing for Life magazine. While his career has been examined closely, both in his own words and by others, this formative decade has attracted less attention than his experiences as the first black staff photographer at Life, and later as a groundbreaking Hollywood filmmaker.

A new book, “Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940-1950,” published by the National Gallery of Art, The Gordon Parks Foundation and Steidl, examines this transformation. It is timed to accompany the exhibit of the same name at the National Gallery from Nov. 4, 2018, to Feb. 18, 2019. The exhibit was curated by Philip Brookman, who is also the book’s author. The book features photographs that have never before been published.”

To read more and to check out the photos, the article can be found here: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/01/lens/gordon-parks-early-years.html

 

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