2024 Meeting and Event Calendar

Meetings are in-person but also provided by Zoom for members that cannot be present.

New members are always welcome! 

If you would like a courtesy invitation to attend selected Zoom meetings in order to learn more about us, please email club president Diane Bovenkamp (d_bovenkamp@yahoo.com) to request a Zoom link. 

 

The Board of Directors voted at the February 2023 meeting that the wearing of masks is optional.

 

  

Date
Event
Information

 
Thursday, March 7 Print Competition  Judge: Sharon Thorpe
Thursday, March 14 Program   Valerie Jardin
Thursday, March 21  Digital Competition

Theme: General

Judge: Frank Gallagher

Thursday, March 28  No Meeting  
Thursday, April 4 Print Competition  Judge: Edwin Remsberg
Thursday, April 11

Program 

(Virtual Only)

Member Critique Night - Note: This will be on Zoom only. There will be NO in-person meeting at the church. One image per member. Upload image to Visual Pursuits/ “Member Programs – Critiques” Gallery/’Member Critique, April 11, Critique Gallery Upload Instructions
Thursday, April 18 Digital Competition

Theme: Night Photography

Judge: Tracey Brown

Thursday, April 25 Program

 Activity Night at the Church

 

Thursday, May 2 Print Competition  Judge: Mike Donovan
Thursday, May 9 Program   Cole Thompson: “Vision, Passion, Projects

Description: For many years I was a Photographic Grazer. I photographed wherever the grass was greener and resisted working on projects. And I created some wonderful “single hits” images, but the images were not related in any way.

But then something happened that changed how I viewed projects, and I've gone project crazy! Here are some of my projects:

Melting Giants

The Ghosts of Auschwitz-Birkenau

Monoliths

Harbinger

Trees from a Train

Powerlines

Beauty in Death

The Lone Man

Ceiling Lamps

And many more

I'm seriously hooked on portfolios!

And do you want to know the secret behind creating great portfolios?

(marketing people say that I'm supposed to use words like "secret" and "great" to lure you in...)

There isn't one. But what I have learned is that all my portfolios have two ingredients in common: Vision and Passion.

And so, I've been invited to speak on the topic of: Vision, Passion and Projects.

I'll be talking about how I create projects and why, and the critical role of Vision and Passion. I'll also be talking about:

· Where do my ideas come from?

· Why a good idea isn't enough.

· How I create projects.

· My least favorite type of portfolio.

· The project you should give up on.

· What are the rules for creating a project.

Bio: Cole Thompson is uniquely unqualified to speak on photography.

“I’ve never taken a photography class or a workshop. I don’t have a degree in art. I’ve never worked as a photographer. I don’t have gallery representation. I’m not a Canon Explorer of Light. And I only have three lenses and none of them are primes.

Do I have any qualifications?

Just one…my images. Nothing else matters.”

Website: https://colethompsonphotography.com/

Thursday, May 16 Digital Competition

Theme: General

Judge: Bob Weber

Thursday, May 23  Program Jon Meyer: “Portfolios: What, Why and How”

Description: Jon will talk about what a portfolio is, its supporting materials, and the pleasure in saying something coherent about your photographic vision.

Bio: Jon has been juried into shows locally, nationally, and internationally, being shown in Barcelona, Berlin, and Boston, among other venues. He has been widely published in photography magazines, including Black & White Magazine, FotoNostrum Magazine, and LensWork. He appeared in LensWork’s “Light, Glorious Light” publication in fall 2023. In 2015, his color print received BCC's Graham Cromwell Award as that year’s best. In 2018 and 2022, he was featured in “Spotlights” in Black & White Magazine. In 2019, two of his images won first place awards in the International Color Awards and he was named their amateur photographer of the year. His portfolios, “In the Mind’s Eye,” “Inner Darkness,” and “Just Another Pretty Landscape,” have had solo shows at Through This Lens gallery in Durham, NC.

Website: https://www.jonmeyerphotographicart.com/

Thursday, May 30

 Program

Jamie Konarski Davidson: “Wabi Sabi - Finding Beauty in Imperfection”

DESCRIPTION: Wabi Sabi in photography is more than capturing "old" and grungy subjects. It's about finding beauty in imperfection, incompleteness and impermanence. It's about being present in the moment and being attentive to things that might often go unnoticed or unappreciated. Jamie Konarski Davidson will discuss the art of bringing the Japanese concept of Wabi-Sabi to life in your images.  In this session, she will share some of the background and basic concepts of wabi sabi and how this philosophy can be incorporated into your photography and, with intention, into your life. You may be surprised at the wide array of subjects and approaches that can be applied using this approach of being attentive to the everyday, ordinary aspects of your days.

BIO: Jamie Konarski Davidson is an award-winning, freelance nature photographer, workshop leader, presenter and Lensbaby Ambassador. Photography and flowers are her soul feeders, allowing her to capture and share beauty in nature and ordinary places. She connects with all things “old” and finds a special beauty in decay and fading cultural lifestyles that resonate with a life of hard work. Jamie's interpretive style reflects an intentional approach. Her work ranges from florals and still life, macro & close-up to landscapes (intimate & grand), abstracts in color, wabi sabi and infrared. Through her company, New Life Photos, Jamie leads location workshops throughout the East Coast in color and infrared and is available for personal instruction & speaking engagements. Her goals as an instructor are to encourage, inspire and help people grow in their photography skills, connect with their subjects, and see beyond the obvious so that they can discover their own visual voice.

You can find her at https://www.newlifephotos.com and follow her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/JamieKonarskiDavidson or https://www.facebook.com/NewLifePhotos and Instagram at @jamiekonarski.davidson

 June   Summer Schedule starts: Meetings every other week
 June 7-9

Spring Trip

Laurel Highlands, PA

 Here are all of the details of our spring trip to The Lodge at Chalk Hill located on 37 acres of lush country in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania.  The dates are June 7 to June 9, 2024.  The Lodge at Chalk Hill is comprised of 60 garden style one level rooms overlooking Lake Lenore and is located approximately 3 1/2 hours from Baltimore. Attractions in the area include Kentuck Knob, Fallingwater, Ohiopyle State Park as well as several waterfalls.  All of the units have a microwave and complimentary wireless internet.  The entire property has been completely renovated in the past two years.  

While there is no restaurants on the grounds of the hotel the Maywood Grill is within easy walking distance and they are open from 8:00am to 7:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays.  There are other restaurants in the area including the Bittersweet Cafe open from 8:00am to 6:00pm Monday through Saturday.

Rates at the Lodge are extremely reasonable and range from 75.00 per night plus tax to 135.00 per night plus tax.  This rate will be discounted based on how many rooms we sell as the Baltimore Camera Club.  Please call the Lodge directly at 724-438-8880 and be sure to identify yourself as a BCC member.  PLEASE DO NOT BOOK ANY ROOMS ONLINE AS THEY WILL NOT COUNT TOWARD OUR TOTAL AND THEREFORE OUR DISCOUNT.  Your credit card will only be held as a guarantee and will not be charged until you arrive at the Lodge.  Please be sure to email me at 410-446-6496 after making a reservation so that I can keep an accurate count of our bookings.

I look forward to seeing you (and your guests) in the Laurel Highlands in June!
Thursday, June 13 Feedback Night Come share your feedback on making BCC better. Refreshments served.
Saturday, June 22 Year-End Competition  Closed to Members
Thursday, June 27 Program Member Critique Night: One image per member. Upload image to Visual Pursuits/ “Member Programs – Critiques” Gallery/’Member Critique, June 20, Critique Gallery Upload Instructions
Thursday, July 11  Program
Thursday, July 25  Program  Member Critique Night: One image per member. Upload image to Visual Pursuits/ “Member Programs – Critiques” Gallery/’Member Critique, July 11, Critique Gallery Upload Instructions
August 1 New Club Year Starts Remember to Pay your dues
Thursday, August 8

 Program

(IN-PERSON ONLY)

 Leo Lubow: "What the Masters Can Teach Us"

Description: What makes a great photographer?  What makes a great photograph?  In this projector-driven presentation, Leo will show both his work and the work of such masters as Ralph Gibson, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, Garry Winogrand, Diane Arbus, Arnold Newman, Ansel Adams, and Alfred Eisenstaedt as he explores the importance of finding your visual signature, and as he reviews capture and post-processing techniques/tips to aid in that process. Focusing on tone, form, point of view, metaphor, and helpful guidelines of composition, Leo will identify the elements that comprise a fine-art image, all toward one end: to help you refine both your eye and craft as you shape your own special vision.

Bio: Leo Howard Lubow is a writer, educator, and award-winning photographer who specializes in portraits, headshots, commercial & promotional images, and street & fine art images. He teaches photography one-on-one and in association with educational organizations such as Johns Hopkins University (The Odyssey Program).  His work (articles & images) has appeared in various publications and media, including Simon & Schuster, The Huffington Post, Good Morning America, Downbeat Magazine, Jazziz Magazine, The Luminous Landscape, The Baltimore Sun, NBC Sports, NPR.org, Baltimore Magazine, Style Magazine and American Dog Magazine.  Lubow has also photographed pro-bono over 250 billboards/posters for the Show Your Soft Side Campaign, an anti-animal abuse effort that enjoys a world-wide audience. 

In his personal work, Lubow’s interest lies in the individual or lone traveler, separated from the mainstream of life, whether it be a musician lost in the music, a sailboat racing a storm, a street artist with no audience, or a displaced person sleeping beneath a billboard of vampires.  In short, he looks for emotional resonance in the isolated moment.  Lubow lives in Owings Mills, Maryland with his wife, Annette, and their two dogs, one of whom is very bad.

Website: https://www.lubowphotography.com/

Thursday, August 22  Program Member Critique Night: One image per member. Upload image to Visual Pursuits/ “Member Programs – Critiques” Gallery/’Member Critique, Aug. 22, Critique Gallery Upload Instructions
Thursday, September  Welcome Back Night Presentation of the best images for 2023-2024 will take place. Join in on congratulating those who win trophies and those who win medals.


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