Okay, back to the regular programming. Until I have my desktop/internet connection resolved hopefully by Thursday, I will not be able to provide an current images to finish my digital black and white thoughts;- )
I had a nice request from Anita over the weekend about the group that meets monthly that I usually participate with called the Photographers Exchange. If any of them read this and I made a mistake, I hope they provide a correction.
It was stated about 18 years ago by Larry Vogel (photography artist represented by the Susan Spiritus Gallery in Newport Beach) and Larry Pribble, a non-art photographer who really enjoys photography. It is a really informal group meeting. We look at prints and only prints; no models to photograph, no studio lighting, no class, no lessons (except life lessons), no rules of conduct, no officers, no minutes, no awards or merits, no judging, no limits except: bring up to 5 prints, sign up to show them, show them, listen to what others say, enjoy the evening.
We meet once per month for two hours, some get together before hand to eat at a local pizza joint and perhaps drink some beer. We have a group that carpools from Long Beach/South Bay, drive up from San Diego or just drop in. Many are exhibiting artists, with a varied background. As an example; Frank Cancian has a one-person exhibit in the small gallery at the Irvine Fine Arts Center where we meet and just published his book & essay by the Uof New Mexico Press, and he is a professor of Cultural Anthopology with Uof Irvine here in CA (and I just had him sign my copy).
Over the years, with some donations, they have five easels with gallery lighting for the print display. Pribble puts together a monthly regional photography gallery update. Once per year we have a big print exchange, you bring one, you take one, something like that.
Hopefully, you will find that something like this is nice to set up. You can get the word out to the local galleries to let the artist know its happening. And perhaps in a couple of years, you will have some very good friends, even though I have been only particiapting for a year, I am already developing some friendships and getting some good feeback on my work. (I had written “nice”, but then I remembered the first reaction to my series Bad Trip – Sad Trip)
Best regards, Doug