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


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:

The survey is available on the NCC’s website and will remain open until Dec. 10. NCC website link here:

Survey link here, also on the NCC website :


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:



Photographing Fall Foliage

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Although our Fall colours may be covered in a bit of snow, this article from CBS News might still interesting for RAPC landscape photographers:

“Each autumn, as the weather cools and the leaves turn colors, the country lanes and lakes of New England turn into tourist hotspots. Around $3 billion are spent over the course of a typical New England fall, as visitors from all around the world head off in search of the most beautiful yellows and oranges and reds.

Knowing exactly WHERE to go can be a challenge. But it’s an obsession for one colorful character.

Jeff’s last name is really Folger, but he goes by “Jeff Foliage.” And he REALLY loves leaves. “My niche in life is the fall colors,” he told Conor Knighton. “It’s such a little present. It’s like Christmas for me. And I love unwrapping my presents! And I’m running around New England finding all these wonderful colors out here.””

At the end of the article there are some links that might be inspirational for photographers. Mr. Folger’s links to find covered bridges and other scenic spots are intriguing.

The full article can be found here:



The old-world charm of India’s portrait studios

RAPC blog readers, particularly studio group members, might be interested in this photo story about India’s portrait studios on the BBC website.

In 2014, Ketaki Sheth, an award-winning Indian photographer, began shooting portraits of visitors to the Jagdish Photo Studio in Manori, a coastal village in the western state of Maharashtra.

She says she stumbled across it – “wedged between a hardware store and a grain depot” – by chance. “I poked my head in and saw a bright blue stool against a diaphanous cascading red backdrop,” she told the BBC by email. “That was it. I was hooked.”

To read more, visit the BBC website at:

This post was submitted by Rick Strong.


Jessie Parker’s Exhibition at Voix Visuelle

Le Centre d’artistes Voix Visuelle is having an exhibition, Spasme Temporal / Time Spasm, from November 9 to December 11, 2018. The exhibition includes 62 pieces from 43 artists from around the world. Last Tuesday’s presenter at the club, Jessie Parker, is one of those talented artists in the exhibition!

The exhibition presents the artwork of many artists expressing what everyday life would look like in a social and cultural context where habits would be altered by increased speed and time excess.

For more information, check out the Voix Visuelle website.

International Digital Miniprint Exhibition 13 — Time Spasm

Voix Visuelle Gallery

67 Beechwood Ave.
tel:  (613) 748-6594
Opening : Thursday, November 15, 5:00 pm 

November 9 to December 11, 2018
Curator : Henriette Ethier

This post was suggested by Anna Nitoslawska.