June Meeting – June 6th at 7pm - Lawrence Public Library Room A - Lets share our photos for this meeting. Send a batch of your photos be they recent or a while back, your best or your travels. Even some that you might want some critiquing on. This meeting is more informal in that it will be a time to share and talk about your photographs and show us what you have been doing. Make sure to send them to Paul (firstname.lastname@example.org) early enough so he can put together the slide show that we can all enjoy.
March 7th – Lawrence Public Library – Meeting Room B - 7pm
Mar Meeting – Guest Speaker - Craig McCord. He will discuss long exposure techniques. Here is more information about Craig. Sounds like an interesting program.
Craig McCord :: Fine Art Landscape Photography
Craig McCord, originally from Jacksonville, Florida, concentrates on fine art landscape photography. His interest in photography started in the early 1970’s after acquiring a used Petri 35mm camera and gaining access to a dark room while serving in the Air Force. Craig quickly developed an ever-increasing passion for photography as a means of creative expression. Over the years he has developed his artistic skills using 35mm, 645 and 6x7 medium format, and 4x5 large format media, before making his transition to digital capture in 2006.
Largely self-taught, McCord was influenced by black and white photography icons Ansel Adams, and John Sexton, and the color greats Elliot Porter and David Muench. Their influence molded his artistic eye and approach to subject matter. McCord’s style evolved showing a fondness for wide angle perspectives. He often incorporates strong foreground elements to add a measure of depth, drawing the viewer into the image. While having a certain fondness for landscapes of the west and northwest, he believes the United States overall is blessed with some of the most diverse and beautiful landscape in the world.
Currently, residing in Bates City, Missouri, McCord focuses entirely on his fine art work and instructing other photographers in pursuit of their passion. Selections of his work reside in collections in several states and throughout Missouri. His images of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways were selected by the National Park Service to help highlight their celebration of the Park System’s centennial celebration in 2016.
Craig currently hosts workshops in Missouri and Kansas, as well as several in the Northwest, including the Oregon coast and the Grand Tetons in Wyoming.
Feb Meeting – Group Tour at Spencer Art Museum on Wednesday evening (Feb 1st) at 6:00 pm. Ryan Waggoner is going to be our tour guide. Here are the details, what the tour will cover and Ryan’s bio. If you plan on attending, please email me or Paul so we can have a count as Ryan has requested. Hope you can make it.
Parking: I would recommend parking in Lot 91, just behind the museum. This lot is free after 5:00 PM, and can be accessed via Mississippi Street (see map below, Lot 91 is circled in red). The Mississippi Street parking garage across the street from the museum is another option, but it costs $1.50/hour. If there is anyone with accessibility concerns please let me know and I’ll make arrangements.
I will meet you all in the lobby of the museum, just inside the front doors, at 6:00 PM. Since we will all be in the lobby I think it would be best to start with a tour of the museum. It will also be easier for any late-comers to catch up with us in the galleries than it would be for them to find my studio.
On the tour, I will give an overview of our recent renovation and highlight the major features of the project including new west-facing windows, interior staircase and elevator and the spectacularly renovated Central Court. I can also discuss our current featured exhibition, Temporal Turn: Art & Speculation in Contemporary Asia, and give a brief overview of our permanent collections upstairs.
After the tour we’ll head downstairs to the photo studio. In my studio I’m planning for a 20-30 minute presentation about my job at the museum and how I photograph different types of art objects. This should be of interest to anyone who is interested in studio photography or any artists who want to learn about photographing their own work. While we are very fortunate to have lots of really nice gear here in the studio, the principles I will talk about are applicable no matter what type/level of equipment you might be using, so I hope this will be informative for everyone. I also do a lot of video work at the museum so if there is any interest in that I can discuss that as well. And I’ll be sure to leave plenty of time for questions. I’m thinking there should also be some time after if anyone wants to explore the galleries on their own, as we are open until 8:00 PM that night.
Here is a short bio:
Ryan Waggoner graduated from the University of Kansas in 2011 with a BFA in photography and a minor in art history. While in college, he worked as a photojournalist for the award-winning daily newspaper The University Daily Kansan. Since 2010 he has worked at the Spencer Museum of Art as the collections photographer where he is responsible for digitizing the museum’s growing collection of more than 45,000 art objects. In his spare time Ryan makes fine art photographs and works on freelance photography and videography jobs.