Volume 2, Number 6
Jeffry Booher, Editor In Chief
Photography captures a moment in time. Art captures time in a moment―Joyce Wycoff
state of the union
The San Diego Country Fair starts this Friday. Are you planning to attend the Artists Reception at the Exhibition of Photography? As a member of Darkroomers, you can be proud of our heritage and our connection to the Exhibition of Photography. Our club's history stretches back 75 years and has been tightly intertwined with the San Diego County Fair's Photography Exhibition since its First Annual Photographic Salon, which ran between June 27th through July 6 of 1947.
It goes without saying how much photography has changed since that time. In 1941, Eastman Kodak introduced Kodacolor negative film and the Kodatron Speedlamp, an ultraspeed flash lamp--both of which changed the face of photography.
Documentary photography had a resurgence during the Great Depression which continued on into World War II. Some of the famous photographers of the time included Dorthea Lange, Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Paul Strand and, in Europe, Henri Cartier-Bresson. Collectively, they advanced the art and paved the way for amateur photography.
I wonder what our members were shooting around this time frame. We have prints stored in our Darkroomers archives and SCACC will be selecting prints to honor those who helped build the organization. Their work will be displayed in the Photographic Arts Building's Galleries for everyone to enjoy during the month of December.
Every time man has landed on the moon since (and including) the first landing on 20th July 1969, they’ve had to leave something behind to ensure they could safely return pieces of the moon back to earth. On every journey it has been cameras and there are reportedly 12 Hasselblad cameras on the surface of the moon today―mARTIN HARRIS
The Darkroomers On Location: Central Coast trip that we had planned for May was rescheduled for July so things have been pretty quiet around the Darkroom. Most of us have been busy getting photos ready for the San Diego County Fair's Exhibition of Photography anyway so a break from the craziness was well deserved.
We will get back to our regularly scheduled program in short order but it is likely that the Central Coast trip is postponed indefinitely as more roads are becoming impassable in the region and road construction puts the brakes on a summer trip.
Last June, Darkroomers hosted a Table Top Reflections workshop with flashing lights that gave some of us a headache so, this year, we are going low-key with just ambient music, macro lenses and continuous lighting.
YOU WILL NEED A MACRO LENS, REMOTE SHUTTER RELEASE AND A TRIPOD FOR THIS WORKSHOP
If you don't have a macro lens then, chances are, you will be able to borrow one from a fellow Darkroomer. We will have extension tubes, macro lenses, reversing rings, acrylics, lighting setups, backdrops, and various inanimates to photograph.
Bring a sack lunch because this field trip won't have a Lunch Lady but you will get Extra Credit. We start at 9 and we have to be wrapped by Noon as the Photographic Arts Building switches to summer mode.
The fun Starts at 9am so get there early and reserve your spot. Please stay to help cleanup at the end as we do need to be out of the building promptly at 12-noon.
It's time to start planning for our Year End program which starts in December. The first order of business is establishing the Rules Committee to establish the rules and determine the categories for image submission. The Rules Committee is established in June and is a four to six-person committee which is chaired by the Vice-President. If you are interested then let your interest be known to Jeff or Drema during the month of June and you may be selected.
The first committee meeting will be to organize the committee and will take place on Saturday, July 1st at 2P at a non-disclosed, secret, location.
Interested persons need to be available for 2 or 3 Saturdays in July and August
ice cream social
It is important for all of us to use Social Media to help promote Darkroomers. We are all in this together and it is on you to help promote the club, share your photography, tag Darkroomers on your Facebook posts and like Darkroomers Facebook Page.
You can share the photos you take at Darkroomers events on our Flickr group. We have various photo outings, events, workshops, etc... You need a Flickr account and you have to request permission but Drema or Jeff can approve you and then you can start sharing your work with the club. Your photos may even make their way into the newsletter...
By tagging posts you share on Facebook with @Darkroomers Photographic Club, you help promote the club. That will in turn link new people to our Facebook page which will generate new interest and new memberships. First, like us on Facebook. Then Like the content on our Page, accept our event invitations and add a review of the club. The club will become more popular as our the content on our Social Media channels bolster.
Clearing the air
The month of May was Darkroomers month to clean the building and, on short notice, the leadership jumped in to call in support from the membership to help clean the building at the last minute. It was a holiday weekend and the last opportunity to gather the troops together to clean the building but it was the only option or risk being levied a missed-cleaning penalty by SCACC. Whatever that is...
Thanks to Michael Marcus, Mike Packard, Terri Thompson, Judy Tillson, Jim Hatcher, Janie Anderson, Rick Phillips and Alain Gillot, who isn't even a Darkroomer, for pitching in and helping out.
Our next cleaning date is January 13th, 2018 at 9A for the Year End Program.
what's in a name?
Last month SCACC presented to the world documents unearthed which honored individuals who made a significant contribution to the organization called the SCACC Fellowship.
June is SCACC history month so we found this great document that Gene Wild scanned for us last year from the SCACC archives which describes how and when The Southern California Association of Camera Clubs got its name. Prior to 1950, SCACC was known as The Photo Arts Society--which was aptly named after other societies like The Fine Arts Society and The San Diego Arts Society.
It was good to be a part of high society in the 40's
The SCACC Meeting scheduled for July 4th has been rescheduled for June 27th at 7pm. This is how the Founders would have wanted it.
The building switches to its summer blend in June which means the galleries are open Saturdays from 12-5 and Sundays from 12-5 starting Saturday June 3rd. If you are in the Park then stop in and say hello or just stop by and checkout the new grab bars in the restroom.