Volume 5, Number 2
Jeffry Booher, Editor In Chief
When you’re through learning, you’re through―Will Rogers
Imposter Syndrome is a pervasive feeling of self-doubt, insecurity, or fraudulence despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. It is extremely prevalent among artists, especially when we start putting our artwork out into the world beyond the safety of family and close friends.
I believe it goes hand in hand with the four stages of learning:
- Unconscious Incompetence
- Conscious Incompetence
- Conscious Competence
- Unconscious Competence
Imposter syndrome tends to hit somewhere between the second and third stage when you realize you are a small fish in a big pond, and that there is so much more that you can learn about your craft. The best way I have found to keep Imposter Syndrome at bay is to never stop being a student in the art and craft of photography.
If you are new to Darkroomers, you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed at the talent in the group. Trust me, none of us became good overnight. The veteran members have worked for years to improve their art. They are still here because they recognize that even though they are good, there is always room for improvement.
The beauty of a group like Darkroomers is that you have the opportunity to put your work out there in a supportive environment, get critiques from professionals, and training from your peers and professionals who come to present at our meetings and workshops.
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YEAR END COMPETITION
The 2019 Year End Competition is officially in the books and this year it is a bigger book. The competition was completed in record-time―especially considering it had 4 more categories than it did in previous years. There were some 119 entries which is almost 40 more images than last year. The judges did their thing while the images just sat there looking pretty.
Shout out to David Poplawski who walked away the big winner this year with his Monochrome rendition Up Up Away. This is Dave's second appearance at the top of the pyramid as his image, Side View, took home top honors just a few years ago. It was newcomer Shyamsundar Pal China, however, who walked away with the most wins. Shyam not only won 3-First Place nods but he got 2-Second Place finishes, and 2=Honorable Mentions. Congratulations Shyam!
Veteran award winner, Angie Crompton, walked away with the first ever sponsor award which comes with a bunch of money... The judges also gave a nod to Dave Poplawski for his image, Up Up Away, which the awarded Best in Show. Up Up Away moves on to the SCACC year end competition to compete for the Nelson Award.
Checkout the complete gallery of winners on our website. You may be a winner...
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We roll with the punches in February and kick off the Weekend Workshop Series with our annual matting workshop Saturday, February 8th. You must be a member to attend this workshop as it is a hands-on event and space will be limited. The workshop begins at 9am in the Photographic Arts Building but get there early so you can help out and get set up. Bring an image that you would like to mat as a practice piece and a small donation to cover the cost of materials. This is a great opportunity to learn how to mat your photos even if you are not planning on doing your own matting right away.
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the streets of san diego
Our program for February is an in depth look at Street Photography by Brooklyn native, Dana Levine.
Dana spent her professional years as a science educator in the New York metropolitan area but she retired to San Diego where she became an artist, photographer, and art lecturer.
Dana drew much of her inspiration from her cousin and San Diego resident photojournalist, Arthur Lavine, whom she met after retiring in San Diego. Collectively, their photojournalistic work spans several decades but they have a remarkably similar style.
Dana's contemporary street photographs have been featured in galleries around the world. The subject matter, compositional elements, and emotional content help us see life in a different way and we are excited to have Dana come present her work and talk about the history and techniques of Street Photography.