january 2018

Volume 3, Number 1

Jeffry Booher, Editor In Chief

“I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them.” — Diane Arbus


Jeffry Booher

I have been writing this newsletter for two years now and the President's column is the one column in the newsletter that I never had to worry about. Someone else always did the bulk of the writing and I would just edit it—which usually put a rift between me and the President.

Needless to say, after editing the President's column for two years, I have a new appreciation for what they had to do each month. It is easy, as an editor, to just write stories about what happened last month and what is planned next month. Throw in a few pictures and maybe plagiarize some content from the internet to fill in programming excerpts and, voilà!, you have a great looking newsletter. The President, on the other hand, has to come up with original content each month. Terri, when she was President, used the column for tips and tricks. Drema took a more inspirational approach.

While I search for my voice for the column I thought this month I would reflect back on the accomplishments we made last year and recognize Drema for her leadership.

Four years ago I started an effort to consolidate our constitution and bylaws into a single document which would rid ourselves of the hurdles needed to make amendments to the club's charter. The language went through several iterations that endured political struggles along the way with significant trials and tribulations which ultimately led to its failure to make it to the floor under three Presidents. Drema, without prompting, spearheaded the effort to shepard the new bylaws into existence and we now have a much simpler club charter.

Last year we had a very exciting overnight trip to the Salton Sea which Drema helped to plan. She also took it upon herself to call area hotels to let them know our club was coming and got us a club discount at one of the hotels in Brawley.

Under Drema's leadership more processes were streamlined or refined than under any other President. She was always the first one in the door and the last one to leave. She helped with setup and cleanup and attended most every club function.

Drema left this club better than she found it and for that I am eternally thankful

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election update

Darkroomers had its annual Election of Officers and the results are now certified

  • President: Jeffry Booher
  • Vice President: Joan Everds
  • Secretary: Ruth Foelber
  • Treasurer: Terri Thompson

Newly appointed Directors for this year include (all other Directors stay the same):

  • Membership Director: Janie Anderson
  • Interclub Competition Director: Michael Fairbanks

Michael and Jeff will be working to implement a winning strategy for Interclub in 2018 but we will need your help with a new process that will be shared with you soon.

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YEAR END update

Contemplated by Jeff Booher

Our January 3rd Meeting is Print Submission Night. If you entered the competition electronically then this is the night you bring your prints in for the big show.

If your are unable to make the January 3rd Meeting then you must make arrangements with someone to bring your prints to the meeting on your behalf

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Rules for print submission:
  1. All Prints Must Have Sturdy Backings. Images without backings will not be allowed entry into the competition.
  2. Remove any Velcro (hook side) hangers from the backs of all submissions. Hooks can damage other prints while in storage.
  3. All adhesive surfaces must be removed or covered to prevent damaging other prints while in storage.
  4. Ribbons, title placquards, entry labels and other ancillary labels must be removed from the print before submitting.
  5. All prints must bear a Darkroomers Accept sticker from 2017; Substitutions, reprints, remats and reproductions must be approved by the President and Vice President (Jeff and Joan).

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  1. 9am Cleaning Crew Arrives to clean the building. Donuts and Coffee are provided. This will also be the incoming President's inaugural cleaning of the toilets.
  2. 11am Competition Staff Briefing
  3. 12pm Welcome reception for judges. Drinks and a lunch platter is provided for the crew and judges
  4. 12:30pm Judges' Briefing
  5. 1-4pm Competition

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judiciary committee

Joanne Stolte served as Chair of the PSA Photojournalism Division (PJD). She served on the PSA Board of Directors as Membership Vice President from 2005 to 2010 and as Information Systems Vice President from 2010 to 2011. She Directs the PID Photo Essay Contest, is the PSA Journal PID News Editor, and the PID Web Coordinator. She Chairs the PSA Nominating and International Understanding Through Photography (IUTP) Award Committees. For her exceptional service to PSA she received the President's Award in 2009.

Craig Carlson received his Master of Arts at Humboldt State University with a photography emphasis in 1976. Craig has been a professional photographer and has taught photography for forty years. Since 1995, he has been a lecturer in photography in the School of Art+Design at San Diego State University.

Eileen Mandell is an award-winning photographic and mixed media artist, well known for her nature photography and innovative work with alternative photographic processes and media. For Eileen, alternative media and photographic surfaces capture the life of the scene, creating a depth and richness that mirrors her love of nature and design.

2017 Year End Judging Panel

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program news

The 2018 Programming Committee met to plan the 2018 Programs Calendar for 2018 and this year is going to be an exciting year for Darkroomers! The website is still being updated and we will keep you informed of any changes to itineraries but here are the broad strokes for 2018:

  • Darkroomers On Location:Death Valley March 22nd - 25th
  • Darkroomers On Location:Joshua Tree October 25th-28th
  • Darkroomers After Dark: Borrego Springs July 14th
  • Darkroomers Weekend Workshop: Matting and Mounting Spectacular February 10th
  • Gene Wild: At the Fair in March
  • May is Architecture month
  • Fun With Lights in June
  • Film Noir Studio Shoot in September

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behind the scenes

Humpty Dumpty by Jeff Booher

Each January we go On Location to one of the area's trainyards and this year we are heading to Perris on January 20th to the Orange Empire Railway Museum for Behind the Scenes day.

Activities at Behind the Scenes day will feature tours and special equipment operations. Car House 7 will be open to the public which is special a restoration shed filled with trains and trolleys that is not usually open to the public. You will get special access to the pit area where you can go underneath a streetcar and see how it works. Behind the Scenes day coincides with Steam Weekend so they will have real steam locomotives in operation.

We will meet and carpool from the Grantville Trolley station departing for Perris at 8am

We will have a signup sheet at the January 3rd and 17th meetings but send an email to jeff@darkroomers.com if you are unable to sign up in person so we know you are coming.

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super duper POOPER SCOOPER

Blue Moon by Jeff Booher

January is a Five Wednesday month and our 5th Wednesday meeting will be a Darkroomers On Location Super Moon Special Event. Details are still being worked out and it may be a co-hosted event with other local photography groups. We will announce the specific details at the January 17th meeting and via email.

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club news

The Darkroomers Board of Directors has already met to set the tone for 2018 and has an exciting blueprint for 2018 to make the year run smoothly:

  1. Work with MOPA to promote amateur photography and recruit new members
  2. Move Building Hosting and Refreshment signups online to reduce paperwork, streamline reminders and provide you with an opportunity to signup during off-hours (just what you always wanted...)
  3. Cancel the First Meeting in July so you can enjoy the holiday with your friends and family.

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SCACC holds its first meeting of the new year on January 2nd at 7pm. All meetings are open to the public but they aren't for the faint of heart. They are boring and can turn ugly.

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SCACC is in need of a Vice President of Building Operations. If you or someone you know has mechanical experience then please step forward. The SCACC Board of Directors has a quite a few representatives from Poly Photo but it needs representatives from Darkroomers to fight for the things that Darkroomers needs. Back when Darci was SCACC Interclub Chair, Darkroomers lost exclusive rights to use the Foyer Gallery because there were not enough Darkroomers on the SCACC Board of Directors to fight that battle. The club needs someone to step up and fight the good fight!

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SCACC is working with the city to get the heat in the building restored but that has yet to happen. Those of you who were at the December 20th meeting may remember the arctic blast that swept through the Photographic Arts Building that night without remedy and the cold front is expected to bear down without a heat source to obviate it through the middle of January so wear your leg warmers to the next few meetings.

The task of getting the heat turned on in the building is job that is normally handled by the Vice President of Building Operations but, since Michael Marcus moved to Palm Desert, the office has been vacant and no one is handling the responsibilities. This has left the lighting of the pilot lights to a lot of bureaucracy and Darkroomers has suffered the brunt of it as we are the only club that meets in December and one of the few clubs that meets at night.

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Mule Bender by Jeff Booher

The first Quarterly Competition for 2018 is scheduled to be held April 4th and the theme for the competition is A Stranger's Portrait. We may not run into any interesting folks in Death Valley but you will have plenty of time to find strangers to photograph and there is no better place in America to find interesting strangers than San Diego.

All photos must be taken during the quarter which means between January 1st and March 31st.

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Larry Vogel

Larry Vogel makes a stop on the Darkroomers Judicial Circuit in January and we could not be more pleased.

Larry has 25 years experience teaching workshops, beginning many years ago with his own darkroom series of workshops and now with a full list of digital processing workshops and location workshops with an emphasis on camera techniques. He offers his critique in the creative process and has been sought out as a judge and instructor for many camera clubs and county fair organizers for many years.

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Jeffry Booher, Editor in Chief

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Copyright MMXVIII Darkroomers Photographic Club. All rights reserved.

Jeffry Booher, President • Joan Everds, Vice President • Terri Thompson, Treasurer • Ruth Foelber, Secretary


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