Friday, January 4, 2019

Photographers Fourm Kicks Off 2019!

The Photographers Forum got off to a great start in the New Year with their first meeting in 2019. As always, we saw some terrific work by some of the best photographers working in the Triangle.

Photo artist Linda Wright presents her work during the January Photographers Forum

This months’ artist in absentia was George Tice. He has no website unfortunately, but just do a search and you will be justly rewarded.

In the course of our reviews a couple of subjects came up and I mentioned a couple of artists whose work might be of interest to anyone wishing to follow up.

The first subject was drone photography. With any new technology it’s easy to fall into the trap of creating work that’s little more than a cliché. I mentioned the work of Bill Schwab who is doing some really terrific work with drones. Check out his website: His drone work is in the The Human Stain portfolio. It’s a new portfolio and he doesn’t have a lot of images up yet, but you can see he’s making great use of the technology, not the other way around. You can see more drone images (and a lot of other great work) on his InstaGram feed:

We also talked about abstract photography and it’s hard to think about abstracts and not think about the work of Aaron Siskind. One of the most influential photographic artists of the 20th century, his career spanned over six decades. Again, an internet search will call up an abundance of excellent resources, but a good place to start is at the Aaron Siskind Foundation site:
All in all, a great way to start off the New Year! Stay tuned. As always there's much more to come...


Friday, October 5, 2018

Click! Festival First Friday!

The 2018 Click! Festival is off and running and First Friday is full of possibilities!

There is a great show at VAE which you won't want to miss and right next door at 311 Gallery is work by Barbara and Mike Guin.

(c) Barbara Guin

(c) Mike Guin

The show is titled: The Focus.. on The Road Less Traveled.  - The road less traveled is both a literal and metaphorical byway traversed over land or via the power of thought.  Far removed from interstates and mainstream social norms, it may lead us to images of non-conformity and independent thinking; uncommon perspectives; the natural beauty and remoteness of hinterlands; or the crumbling remains of days gone by."

Don't miss the opportunity to get out and see some terrific work by two terrific artists!

Be sure to check out the Click! website for more information on everything going on for the remainder of this years festival!

Friday, July 20, 2018

The Image Salon to Exhibit at Halle Cultural Arts Center

The Halle Cultural Arts Center in Apex will be the venue for the next exhibit of The Image Salon. Titled: "In the footsteps of..." the show will open on July 23rd and run through August 31st. The opening reception will be on July 27th from 6pm - 8pm.

(c) Michael Ligett

For this exhibit, each artist will select a photographer whose work they admire, and from that inspiration will create work of their own. Hence: "In the footsteps of..."

(c) Michael Liggett

The Image Salon is a group of 8 diverse local photographers in the Triangle (Raleigh, NC) area. They came together to advance their own photography as well as each of the other members, by sharing their knowledge and meeting on a regular basis to critique the current work of each of the individual artists.
Although each member has their own unique perspective, their ability to share their experience in every aspect of photography, from concept to exhibition in a spirit of collaboration, has led to deep personal and professional connections and fostered a friendly environment in which to grow their own photographic vision.

To learn more about The Image Salon, visit their website here.

This is a terrific concept assembled by an exceptional group of artists. This will be one show you won't want to miss!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

New Photographers Forum Exhibit to Open on First Friday Raleigh!

The Photographers Forum at VAE Raleigh open their latest exhibit: Structure this Friday at Litmus Gallery, 312 W. Cabarrus Street in Raleigh. 12 of the exhibiting members have work in the show.

The opening party starts at 7:00 pm. Don't miss out on an opportunity to see some outstanding work and support local artists!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Exhibit Opening UNC Chapel Hill

This Tuesday. March 27th will be the opening of "The Joy is in the Going": Bayard Wootten Photographs North Carolina and the South. Forum Member Stephen Fletcher will also be speaking. Festivities begin at 5:00 at the Pleasants Family Assembly Room of the Wilson Library.

This promises to be a terrific evening. Don't miss it!


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Photographers Forum Meeting Night

Tonight was the July meeting of the Photographers Forum at VAE and as always there was terrific work presented along with great conversation. Extra thanks go out to everyone who brought snacks and refreshments.

Tonight's Artist in Absentia was Elliott Erwitt. Erwitt is best known for his witty and insightful images of everyday life. A member of Magnum, he is a master of the 'decisive moment", and a film maker as well. To learn more about him and his work, visit his website here.

Also part of the conversation tonight was a discussion on the "Why?" of our artistic journey. We often allow so much of our time to be taken up with the "how?", we don't often consider the "Why?".

For each person the answer will be different, but the over-arching principle, the foundation of everything we do, must include: HAVING FUN!!!

Samuel Beckett expressed this idea quite well in his directive to "dance first, think later".

If we think back I'm sure we can all remember a time when picking up a camera was an act of excitement and wonder. Watching a print come up in the developer (for those of us that go back that far), opening a packet of prints from the lab, or opening up your files on the big screen. Realizing that you "got the shot"!

These are among the moments that make the all the effort so eminently worth while.

So let's not ever lose that sense of joy and excitement that caused us to fall in love with photography in the first place. And continue to share those moments with the rest of the world.

The next Forum meeting will be August 2nd. 7:00pm at VAE, 309 W. Martin St. Raleigh. I hope to see you all there!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

KickStarter Campaign for Christer Bergs New Book is Underway!

As those of us who attend meetings regularly will know, our own Christer Berg has been working diligently on his Fabric of Raleigh/Fabric of Durham project for the last couple of years. We've all had the privilege of viewing prints of the work as he's been creating them, and they are amazing! We've also seen the outtakes and behind the scenes images. In short, we've had a front row seat to the creation of a terrific body of work.

Well, now we have the opportunity to help him share his project with the rest of the world by pre-ordering a copy at his KickStarter page here.

Produced in association with Horse & Buggy Press in Durham, it will be a high-quality hardcover book with 45 full-page portraits - from firefighters to pastors, from baristas to cobblers, and from urban farmers to construction workers - plus behind the scenes photos, stories, and quotes. For regular Forum attendees, we've seen many of these images and know they are fantastic!

The book will also feature essays by Liza Roberts, the Editor and General Manager of Walter Magazine; Roylee Duvall, gallery director at Through This Lens Gallery; and Roger Manley, director of the Gregg Museum of Art and Design.

So you are invited to take advantage of a pre-production discount of $20 if you order now. Don't pass up a great opportunity to own a collection of extraordinary work and support the efforts of a truly gifted photographer.