In case you want to review it or you missed our meeting, here is the the excellent presentation Ginny Fobert shared wth us on December 7th.
The Canadian Museum of History is presenting an exhibition on William Notman from November 23, 2018 – April 14, 2019. Quoting from their website:
Experience 19th century Canada through the lens of a pioneer of photography. See the iconic images produced by William Notman (1826–1891), the first Canadian photographer to gain an international reputation.
Introducing a modern approach to photography, Notman created some of our most stunning windows onto the past. Through 300 vintage prints and objects from the McCord Museum, this exhibition presents a comprehensive portrait of Victorian Canada and celebrates the innovation and artistry of the man who captured it.
Details on how to register for a tour of the exhibition, lead by Notman experts, can be found here.
If you are a fan of Edward Burtynsky‘s beautiful large format images be sure to see Anthropocene at the National Gallery Of Canada before it closes February 24, 2019. The show includes over 30 large prints and several photo murals. It also features film installations by Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier.
Admission to the gallery is free on Thursday evenings from 5 to 8 pm.
The show catalogue, published by the Art Gallery of Ontario, can be borrowed from the Ottawa Public Library. There is also a Studio book ANTHROPOCENE, featuring reproductions of photographs by Edward Burtynsky which will be released later this month.
The documentary film Anthropocene: The Human Epoch is currently being shown at the ByTowne theatre.
Burtynsky talks about his technique in this interview from 2017.
As the leaves and plants change in Fall, we are brought a panorama of colours and beauty to the delight of us all. For photographers who love to capture nature at its best, we try and judge when this foliage change is at the peak of beauty. We then scan weather reports and try and match good weather reports and sun lighting dates with this foliage change. Once complete we then have a date to go to a favourite location for our photo shoot.
While weather reports are easily come by, finding the peak colour period is not as easy. Fortunately for us some kind folks have created an online app which will help. This app tracks and reports colour changes in various locations. According to the maker “This guide will help you plan your Fall foliage viewing, and you can also check out this guide to the top 10 fall colour destinations in Canada.” You can find this app here.
In addition to being at the right place at the right time the challenge then is to use your artistic and technical skills to capture great photos. The Internet offers many good articles on tips photographers can use to help them get those “Wow” shots. I use Olympus equipment and follow their — most often generic — photography tips. The following link, from the Olympus Learning Centre – tips, to their Fall foliage tips, I rather like, and you may find useful.
Hope you have a great Fall and some successful shoots.
The feature speaker at our meeting on May 4th is Barbara Adams, a long-time nature photographer who captures dynamic landscapes and intimate interactions with animals.
She is a Master Class Photographer in the Camera Club of Ottawa, an honour she received for her outstanding photography in both film and digital media. She was on the Executive for many years including serving as President. She also served as Chair of the Environment Committee for the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA), the first organization ever established for nature photographers. Her photographs have been published in NANPA’s Expressions and Current magazines.
In addition to many local awards Barbara’s photographs have won awards in competitions in the New England Camera Club Council and the Niagara Frontier Regional Camera Club Council. She had participated in many group exhibits around the Ottawa area.
Courses at the School of Photographic Arts, Algonquin College, Rocky Mountain School of Photography and the Maine Media Workshop plus various photographer lead travel tours have helped round out her photography skills.
In addition to her photographic work and extensive travel Barbara is on the Board of Directors for the Ottawa Valley Bird Care Centre. She does must of their photography.
Barbara says that “Most of the presentation will be nature and I could talk a little bit about HDR and multiple exposures if we have time.”
At our April 6th meeting, David Haggarty mentioned that Richard Martin will be giving a presentation titled:
The Photographer’s Eye: Inspiration by Colour, Texture and Light
at Clark Hall in the RA Centre 2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa.
- Thursday, May 24, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
- Club Members: $25 non-Members: $30
- By Phone: (613) 733-5100
- In Person: RA Centre Member Services Desk
- Online: www.racentre.com/playra
- Tickets also available at the door
Take a look at the incredible images here.
Continuing until February 26
Known as the “poet of Prague,” Josef Sudek created some of the 20th century’s most evocative images of nature, monuments, objects and streets.
A true “flâneur,” he enjoyed meandering through the streets of the Czech capital, recording intimate and beautiful details of the city he loved. Over many decades, he took thousands of photographs of its architecture and inhabitants.
Organized by the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada, The Intimate World of Josef Sudek features a thoughtful selection of 163 works by the photographer and his artistic circle.
Spanning his career, the exhibition explores how Sudek’s photography reflected his deeply personal relationship with the city of Prague during its artistic heyday and reveals his sensitive understanding of light — and its absence.
On display are works of Sudek’s photographic experiments carried out within the privacy of his studio, images of the garden seen from his window and pictures taken during his walks through the city.
Windows have fascinated artists for centuries. In photography, the transparency and reflectivity of glass as both a subject and symbol have made windows a particularly popular theme. Since the invention of the medium, photographers have been attracted to the subject, whether as an exploration of still life, portraiture, popular culture or even abstraction. With their ability to both reveal and obscure, to challenge ideas about the viewer and the viewed, or to dissolve the boundaries of inside and outside space, windows have been used as a metaphor for the act of looking itself.
Photography in Canada: 1960–2000
Experience the diversity of Canadian photographic practice and production from 1960 to 2000. Bringing together more than 100 works by 71 artists — including Raymonde April, Edward Burtynsky, Lynne Cohen, Angela Grauerholz, Michael Snow, Jeff Wall and Jin-me Yoon — it explores how the medium articulated the role of art and the artist in an ever-changing world, along with differing ideas of identity, sexuality and community. Formulated around themes such as conceptual, documentary, urban landscape and portrait, this exhibition celebrates the enormous growth of the practice, collection and display of photography over more than four decades.
PhotoLab 2: Women Speaking Art
07 April – ?
Celebrates contemporary art photography by women that features text, including posters, prints and videos.
We’re somewhere in the middle of winter. If you are ready for a little shot of summer, you might want to visit the Tropical Greenhouse at the Experimental Farm. This map shows its location on Maple Drive. Here are a few images taken on a recent visit.
The Greenhouse is open Open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Saturday.