Member Newsletters

Aug 2015 News

Here is the *updated* August 2015 newsletter from NHSPA.

(Please disregard the earlier version I sent out a few minutes ago. I realized I’d left it out the top item right after clicking the send button. If you have already read the earlier version, only the top first item below is new here. - DJM)



(from Ron. St. Jean)

1. The NHSPA Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Bear Kirkpatrick has agreed to present a talk for our group in October or November. The date will depend on the availability of a venue. We will provide more information in a future newsletter, on the NHSPA web site, and on the NHSPA Facebook page when the date is finalized. Bear creates very distinctive portraits combining the figure with clay, sticks, interesting textures and historical images. It should be an inspiring presentation.

2. The board has formed a committee to find interesting speakers to present programs for NHSPA members three or four times per year. If you have suggestions for speakers who might appeal to our membership,  please contact Jay Goldsmith, Michael Sterling, or Ron St. Jean.

3. The opportunity to see inspiring speakers, to attend the spring retreat, and to participate in the prestigeous annual Exeter exhibit are some of the features that provide value for your very modest membership fee. Please consider telling your photographer friends about the NHSPA.

4. Art exhibit: Photographer Ron St. Jean will have a joint art exhibit with Boston and Dover painter John Arens at the Washington Street Mills Picker Building in Dover, from August 4 through September 30. The show, entitled STONEDGE, combines John’s paintings of stony landscapes along the Maine coast with Ron’s photographs of the landscape and stone structures of western Ireland’s Burren region. There will be an opening reception Saturday, August 8, from 5:00 to 9:00 PM. Access to the Picker Building is through 1 Washington Street.


LAST CALL FOR 2015 STAR ISLAND RETREAT (from Barbara Zulkiewicz and David Murray)

Dates: September 10 - 13, 2015

We are approaching our capacity for this year's retreat, so if you are planning to attend you should sign up ASPAP! To register, visit www.Starisland.org.

Here’s a repeat of info about the retreat from last month’s newsletter, for your reference:

Registration is still open for the NHSPA September Retreat. If you have not overnighted on Star Island you are missing something truly special, especially as a photographer. The light is often magical out there, especially in the early morning and late afternoon, times that can’t be experienced via day trips from the mainland. There’s so much to shoot, from broad landscapes and sea vistas to historic buildings and dew-covered spider webs. And the camaraderie among the photographers always makes this a special weekend. 

The retreat is scheduled for Thursday, September 10 thru Sunday, September 13, 2015.  The boat out to Star on Thursday, 9/10 will be at 1:25PM, earlier than in prior years. 

Julee Holcombe (http://juleeholcombe.com) will be our special guest photographer this year.  Julie is an Associate Professor of Art at UNH (http://cola.unh.edu/faculty-member/julee-holcombe).  Julie and Barb are working together to offer a great workshop this year with an emphasis on a good balance of education, a project, and critique (along with having a good time, of course).    

To register for the workshop, go to the Star Island Corporation website:  www.Starisland.org  ($80 retreat fee + your room and board).  We will not be wrapping the annual membership fee into the cost of the retreat this year, it did not work out last year.  However, you will need to be an active member in order to attend.  See membership info on the NHSPA website.  

If anyone has any questions, please contact Barb at 603.422.5558 or babsey@comcast.net.  Thank you and hope to see you on Star in September. 



(from peter Randall)

The Red River Paper Corporation seeks photographers in the NH area to present a program to camera club members about papers and inkjet printing techniques. The Power Point presentation has been used with success throughout the country and covers subjects such as paper types, monitor calibration, inkjet printing options, paper profiles and more. It runs about an hour and a half which includes time for questions from the audience. Travel expenses plus a presenter's fee is offered. If interested, please email dhendrix@redriverpaper.com with "Presenter" in the subject field.



(from David Speltz)

Camera Commons
The Gallery
652 Central Avenue, Dover, NH

Call For Entries:  Travel Stories
Juror: Todd Gipstein, National Geographic Photographer

Submissions close midnight, August 31, 2015

Whether it is a smartphone or an advanced digital or film camera, we often travel with camera in hand and photograph our family vacations, esoteric foreign places, or just what strikes us on a road trip.  Images can tell a story, and that is what this exhibit is about.

Todd Gipstein, a National Geographic photographer, and who also spent the weekend with NHSPA on Star Island in recent years, has agreed to jury this exhibition.  Todd will have his own stories by photo on display as well, and will be leading a workshop on Saturday morning, November 14 on story telling with images.  The exhibit will open on or about Sunday, September 27.

You are invited to submit your images for possible display in the gallery - either on the gallery wall or on the 65 inch 4K monitor.  Selected images will also be shown on the CC website. Entries are due by midnight, August 31 in electronic format.  Details will be available via our newsletter, on Facebook (Camera Commons) and on the CC website shortly.  Visit www.cameracommons.com for more detail and to sign up for the newsletter if you have not already.  We recommend at least three related images to tell your story.


Currently showing at the Camera Commons Gallery is “Foggy View” featuring the extraordinary photographs of Debbie Fleming Caffery (http://www.debbieflemingcaffery.com) as well as NH photographers Jonathan Burns, Sue Lyndes. Renee Giffroy, Jonathan Broff, Michael Francis Colford, Dave Thompsen, Rob Weir, Cindy Irwin, Ken Kartes, Lynne Guimond Sabean Ron St. Jean, Jean Stimmell, Carol Van Loon, Debra Woodward, Tom Hibschman, Joanna Novembrino, David Speltz and John Benford.  Hours are by appointment.  Call or email info@cameracommons.com to book a visit.  And tour our facility and see some of the new resources as well.

Camera Commons Fall workshops have been announced.  

Adobe Lightroom: starting October 21 for three consecutive Wednesday evenings 6-9PM ($149)

Adobe Photoshop:  starting November 6 for three consecutive Friday evenings 6-9PM ($149)

Basic Studio Lighting: Friday,  September 25 6-9PM and Friday, October 23 6-9PM  ($75)

Basic Darkroom:  this is a one or two on one course scheduled around your needs. From ($149)

Travel Photography with National Geographic Photographer Todd Gipstein, Sat. morning, November 14 ($95 non-members, $35 members)

Basic Digital Photography: starting Saturday morning, October 17 ( $149)\

Custom Workshops may be scheduled around your needs.  Prices vary.

For more information visit our website www.cameracommons.com.  And sign up on the website or on Facebook for email news.



(from Sarah Flause)

Jan 17-Sep 13
Gordon Parks – Back to Fort Scott. “Gordon Parks, one of the most celebrated African American artist of his time, is the subject of this exhibition of groundbreaking photographs of Fort Scott, Kansas - focusing on the realities of life under segregation during the 1940s, but also relating to Parks’s own fascinating life story.” Boston Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA. www.mfa.org

March 14-Nov 8
Herb Ritts, “a leading American fashion photographer of the 1980s and 1990s.”
Boston Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA. www.mfa.org

March 20-Sep 8
Guitar Heroes: Photographs from Behind the Six String, Panopticon Gallery, 502c Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA. panopticongallery.com

March 29-Dec 27
6:30 am, Robert Weingarten, “In January 2003, at 6:30 am, Robert Weingarten launched his photographic odyssey. Over the course of the year, he made daily exposures at precisely 6:30 am, maintaining an identical combination of camera, 350-millimeter lens, slow-speed film and viewpoint overlooking Santa Monica Bay. Five of his large-scale, luminous photographs of Malibu capture what the artist calls ‘the fleeting nature of a particular confluence of light, and conditions that render a moment dramatic and singular’.” Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA. www.pem.org

April 4-August 23
Water Ways: Tension and Flow, “This exhibition considers humans’ relationship to water, from the architecture of socialization pictured in Edward Burtynsky’s photograph of a stepwell in India to the dramatic effects of flooding shown in images of people in front of their homes from Gideon Mendel’s series Drowning World. From quiet still lifes (David Goldes) to panoramic landscapes (Ian Teh), these photographs showcase the beauty and power of this miraculous, yet quotidian, substance.” Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, 6 East Wheelock St., Hanover, NH. www.hoodmuseum.dartmouth.edu 

April 24-Jan 3, 2016
The Maine Photo Project – Rose Marasco: index, Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland, ME. www.portlandmuseum.org

Ramblings Through Nature by Sandy McDermott and Wilhelmina Bradley, Water colors by Sandy McDermott and photographs by Wilhelmina Bradley, Provident Bank’s Lobby for the Arts in Exeter, 95 Portsmouth Ave., Exeter, NH. Opening May 7th 5:30-7pm. www.theprovidentbank.com/community/lobby-for-the-arts

Lysa Burns, Photography intended “to share both the tranquility and, at the same time, the excitement that comes from being outside enjoying open spaces.” Provident Bank’s Lobby for the Arts in Amesbury, 5 Market Street, Amesbury, MA. Opening June 11th 5:30-7pm. www.theprovidentbank.com/community/lobby-for-the-arts

May 14-Sep 5
Metamorphosis: Rodin's Studio, “Sculptures, drawings, and period photographs, this thematic exhibition highlights the drama and experimentation that have established Rodin as one of the greatest sculptors of all time,” Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA. www.pem.org

May 21-Sep 20
Directors’ Cut: Selections from the Maine Art Museum Trail, highlights of Maine’s art history from the state’s most-renowned museums—under one roof at the PMA – the Maine that inspired Berenice Abbott, Marsden Hartley, Winslow Homer, John Marin, Louise Nevelson, N.C. Wyeth, and Marguerite Zorach. This is the Maine that continues to inspire contemporary artists Ahmed Alsoudani, Lois Dodd, David Driskell, Lauren Fensterstock, Robert Indiana, Alex Katz, Richard Tuttle, and Jamie Wyeth. Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland, ME. www.portlandmuseum.org

July 10-Aug 9
George Daniell: Island Life: Grand Manan & Monhegan, “Originally from New York, George Daniell came to Maine in the mid-twentieth century, where the land and people of the state inspired the photographs of this exhibition.” Exhibition is part of the Maine Photo Project. Ogunquit Museum of American Art, 543 Shore Road, Ogunquit, ME. www.ogunquitmuseum.org

July 29-Aug 29
On Seeing, works by photographer Jay Maisel, Opening Aug 6th 5-7pm, opening reception Thursday, August 6th, 5-7pm, closing Reception with Jay Maisel Saturday, August 29th, 4-6pm. PhoPa Gallery, 132 Washington Ave, Portland, ME. www.phopagallery.com 

Foggy View featuring Debbie Fleming Cafferty. On the gallery walls will be the extraordinary black & white photographs of Debbie Fleming Cafferty while submitted work by other photographers will be displayed on the gallery monitor. Camera Commons, 626 Central Ave., Dover, NH. www.cameracommons.com

Photography Exhibitions at the Griffin Museum in Winchester, MA and Satellite Locations: 
21st Juried Show, Main Gallery, July 9th – Aug 30th, opening reception July 9th 7-8:30pm.
1972 – Noritaka Minami, Atelier Gallery, June 11th – Aug 31st, reception July 9 7-8:30pm
Transmission – Lindsey Beal, Griffin Gallery, July 9th – Aug 31st, reception July 9 7-8:30pm
Seas Without A Shore – Chris Anthony, The Griffin Museum at Digital Silver Imaging, Jun 16th – Sept 11th, reception July 23rd 6-8pm.
The Hereditary Estate – Daniel W. Coburn, Stoneham Theater, June 4th-Aug 24th, reception June 24th 6:30-8:30pm.
Griffin Museum of Photography, 67 Shore Road, Winchester, MA. www.griffinmuseum.org

Aug 14-Sep 29
Todd Webb: Georgia O’Keeffe & the American West, “Todd Webb was an intimate friend of O’Keeffe after meeting her in Stieglitz’ New York studio. In many trips to the American West, he captured her on film in her own environment; her studio and the desert of New Mexico.” Exhibition is part of the Maine Photo Project. Ogunquit Museum of American Art, 543 Shore Road, Ogunquit, ME. www.ogunquitmuseum.org

Thru 2015
Close to the Edge, photographs by David Olken. “Close to the Edge” is now available as a free digital download at davidolkenphotography.com. It was shot from 2000 to 2011 and includes 58 images from places along the Gulf of Maine. I hope you will take a few moments to download the interactive PDF file. I am offering to send one free 8x11 print on handsome Hahnemuhle rag paper to anyone who would like one, as part of my goal of sharing these images with an many people as I can.” Request via email to dolken@comcast.net. 



(From Lin “Bahgun” Wickett)
If you are a Nikon user, you might be interested in 3 upcoming new lenses iaw B&H (Preorder).

Peaking my interest is the new 24-70 f2.8E ED VR lens. My current 24-70 is so good, when I crop on the computer, it is like a telephoto lens with its extreme detail.
T’will be interesting to see some reviews on the new one.


Also, B&H (and maybe others) has a sale on the 3 magic f 2.8 lenses until August 29th.
If you are looking for these lenses, now might be a good time to shop.

[Ed. note: I concur with Lin regarding the current (non VR) 24-70 f2.8 lens. It is a superb lens. It might be a great time to watch for sales on it, as the new one with VR becomes available. Or you can wait for me to sell my current one when I upgrade to the new version if it lives up to expectations. Email me if you have any interest and I’ll keep you posted. djm@ClearEyePhoto.com. ]



The purpose of NHSPA's monthly newsletter is to share information of potential interest to our members, in a simple, once-per-month text-only email blast that includes official NHSPA news and brief items submitted by our members regarding their upcoming shows, workshops of interest, and things like that. 

The newsletter will usually be sent out around the 29th of each month. If you have info you'd like included, please email it to David J Murray (djm@ClearEyePhoto.com) by the 26th of the month. Please use the items above as a guide for writing yours. We hope there will be many contributions!