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September/October 2016

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Letter from PSNWA Chairman Jay Stout

Greetings Photographers, I hope your Summer was great and by the time you are reading this, the heat is a distant memory.   The Fall season is always a favorite with the changing of colors and cooler temperatures.  We have some exciting events coming up and hope to see you at some of them.  I'd also like to remind you that the PSNWA is the official photographers of Bikes, Blues, and BBQ this year.  If you are interested in contributing, please let me know.

Fayetteville's First Thursday is coming to a close for 2016 and I want to thank all the members that have helped to setup the booth and those that had photos exhibited during these events.  It shows how the PSNWA is a vital part of our communities.  We will plan more of them in the future and look forward to any suggestions you may have to help us maintain a vital presence in your community.

Our Facebook pages are full of great photographs taken by our members in all areas of photography.  I hope you have taken a look to see what members are doing and I want to encourage you to take full advantage of these pages to display your work.  This is one of the ways we will evaluate who will be our “Featured” photographer in upcoming newsletters as well as potential galleries for local events.  Posting photos on the PNSWA Website under your gallery is also a great place to display your work and hope you have completed your profile page.

The Fall Fair gallery has been displayed at the Benton County Fair and will be our studio Gallery in September.  There are some fantastic shots and congratulations to all the top 14 photographers and we will also feature some others that finished high in order to fill our studio with some awesome photography.  It is a great representation of what our photographers contribute to the Arts in Northwest Arkansas.  

Lastly, I'd like to know if you might be interested in helping out a little more with the PSNWA by being considered for a Board Position.  We have several that will be coming up for a vote and I would like to know if you may be interested.  Please let me know and I'll let you know what positions are coming up for a vote in December. 

I look forward to seeing you at our next meeting or an upcoming event.  

Jay Stout

PSNWA Executive Chairman

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Image by John Baltz

Call to Enter - Reflections

Reflections make for a very unique subject in photos.  Whether the reflection is in a mirror, water, glass window, or something else, it can add an element to a photo that makes it stand out.  Once again, this is not limited to a particular genre of photography, let’s see what you can come up with, let this be a “reflection” of your creative ability.

Photographs will be judged on Impact, Subject Matter / Creativity, Composition, Technical Quality, and Print Presentation. Black and White and Color photographs will be accepted. Deadline to enter is November 1, 2016 (General Meeting). Up to 3 prints can be submitted in either an 8 x 10 or 8 x 12 format with optional borders no more than maximum of quarter inch, at Bedford Camera & Video; by mail to PSNWA, PO Box 8837, Fayetteville AR 72703; or in person at PSNWA general meetings till the deadline. Prints must include Name, email, phone, and competition theme on the back lower right hand corner of each print. Photos with incomplete information will be disqualified.

More details about the Reflections photo competition are online at www.psnwa.org/ws/events/reflections/

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Laundry Building 1950 - Curt Teich postcard

Re-Photographic Tour of Arkansas Tuberculous Sanatorium

July 9, 2016

The tradition of "re-photography" was likely invented by Bernice Abbott in her study of "Changing New York" which captured the same scene across a period of decades. Buildings were torn down and re-built, trees grew, signage changed.

Following the tradition of re-photographic surveys, PSNWA traveled to the Arkansas Sanatorium on July 9th and photographed from the historical perspective of old postcards created at the site during the 1950's.

The Laundry Building (above and below) had obviously changed over the last 60 years, with the addition of a metal shed and the removal of the former "swamp cooler" tower to the top of the building. New signage had been erected and trees stand where there were previously none.

The initial images were created by Curt Teich, a publisher of postcards nation-wide, and are collected by many institutions including the Sanatorium Museum which is on the grounds in Booneville.

PSNWA photographers joined together that day despite a downpour which took two hours to clear. Jim Biggs the Director of the Museum gave a historical perspective to PSNWA participants and the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program led a walking tour afterwards.

For those of you who missed the event, read a fascinating account of life at the Sanatorium can be read from the Arkansas Times, called “The Hill“ at www.arktimes.com/arkansas/every-day-was-a-tuesday/Content?oid=1205540.

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Image by Cleo Wright

Featured Photographer

Cleeo Wright 

Cleeo Wright fell in love with photography during a high school photography course that he signed up to take, thinking photography would be fun. Cleeo got serious about his photography in 1996 when he purchased his first advanced camera, and he has been photographing for the past 20 years.  His first camera was his father's Canon Canonet Q17, which was a camera in the Rangefinder series Canon made from the early 1960s to early 1980s.  Cleeo has acquired an impressive line of film cameras including a Ricoh CR5, Canon Elan II, Canon EOS 3, and a Toyo View 4x5.  He has also experimented with a Mamiya RB67, pinhole cameras, and other homemade cameras.  He was late to make the shift from film to digital, and using his friend's Canon D30 inspired him to buy his own digital cameras Canon 20D, 30D, and 50D.  He currently uses a Canon 6D for his craft and LOVES IT!  He still enjoys using slide film and has won some awards for his film photography including Wasatch Camera Club's Master Division during his last year living in Utah.  His favorite photographic style is nature and landscape photography because he has a spiritual experience when surrounded by the beauty of nature and enjoys recording that beauty for others to enjoy.  You can also find him late at night leading groups in astrophotography to capture the stars and Milky Way.  He admires the work of Eliot Porter and loves saturated colorful images.  Cleeo is also PSNWA's Nature Division Coordinator.

Image by Cleo Wright

Image by Cleo Wright

Image by Cleo Wright

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June Online Competition Winners

Image by Tim Johnson

First Place

Image by Mike Martin

Second Place

Image by Scott Brown

Third Place

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Fall Fair Online Competition

September 9, 2016

You are invited to a gallery reception Friday, September 9, 2016 at the PSNWA Gallery & Studios.  The top images from the recent PSNWA Fall Fair online competition will be on display from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Enjoy an evening break viewing the images and getting to know other PSNWA members.

 

Image by Ed Cooley

First Place

Image by Amr El-shafei

First Runner-up

Image by Tom Sizemore

Second Runner-up

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Image by Kristoffer Johnson

Forties Pinup & Hollywood Glamour in Studio

The Fashion/Glamour Division had a Forties Pinup and Hollywood Glamour session on July 15th at the PSNWA studio.  The hair, makeup, wardrobes, and studio settings took PSNWA Members back in time when Black & White and Kodachrome were popular.  There was also some large format cameras in the studio using instant film as the output medium; one of the models even commented, "I have never seen a polaroid before!" when she saw the image Chuck Davis made of her using his Large Format camera and instant film.  

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Image by John Baltz

Sunrise at Lake Fayetteville

The PSNWA Nature Division met at Lake Fayetteville for an early photo session of the sunrise on August 6th. Even though the morning sunrise was surrounded by clouds, those that got out of bed early for the event ended up with some great photos.

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Image by Melissa Jones

Fireworks at Arvest Ballpark

Melissa Jones led a class on how to photograph fireworks on June 30th followed up by an on-hands photography session at Arvest Ballpark on July 1st.

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Image by John Baltz

Fashion Session in Eureka Springs

The Fashion/Glamour Division met at Eureka Springs August 27th for a photo session off-the-beaten-path, yet a few steps from the Historic Loop, with great themes such as a parachute-turned-dress and also a Sleeping Beauty.  Todd Steere and Kim Barrett coordinated the event and did a great job with everything including the location and attire.

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Upcoming Events

PSNWA General Meeting - Victor Chalfant 

Arvest Bank - Bentonville Square

September 8, 2016 - 7:00 p.m.

www.psnwa.org/ws/events/2595-2/

 

Photoshop Study Group

PSNWA Gallery & Studios

September 15, 2016 - 7:00 p.m.

www.psnwa.org/ws/events/photoshop-study-group-7/

 

Mobile Phone Photography Techniques

Hobbs State Park

September 17, 2016 - 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

www.psnwa.org/ws/events/mobile-phone-photography-techniques-iphonography-iphones-and-androids/

 

Insects at Hobbs State Park

Hobbs State Park

September 24, 2016 - 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

www.psnwa.org/ws/events/insects-hobbs-state-park/

 

Magazine and Newspaper Photojournalism Workshop

Bikes, Blues & BBQ

September 21 - September 24, 2016 - 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

www.psnwa.org/ws/events/magazine-and-newspaper-photojournalism-workshop/

 

Nature Division Meeting - Astronomical Calendar & Maximizing Sharpness

Whole Hog Cafe in Bentonville

September 27, 2016 - 7:00 p.m.

www.psnwa.org/ws/events/nature-division-monthly-meeting-8/

 

PSNWA General Meeting 

Whole Hog Cafe - Fayetteville

October 4, 2016 - 7:00 p.m.

www.psnwa.org/ws/events/psnwa-general-meeting-jun-2016-2/

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PSNWA Gallery & Studio is in a new location at 207 NE 2nd St. in Bentonville, next to Trike Theaters and adjacent to 21c Museum of American Art.

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PSNWA Board Members

Executive Chairperson    

Jay Stout                              jay.stout@psnwa.org

 

Vice-Chairperson

Ken Johnson                         ken.johnson@psnwa.org 

 

Secretary/Treasurer

John Baltz                            john.baltz@psnwa.org

 

Membership

Daryl Chappell                      daryl.chappell@psnwa.org

 

Continuing Education

Cynthia Cooper                     cynthia.cooper@psnwa.org

 

Events

Chuck Davis                         chuck.davis@psnwa.org

 

Facility Management

Bob Coleman                        bob.coleman@psnwa.org

 

Competitions

Janie Blanchard                     janie.blanchard@psnwa.org

 

Exhibits

Ron Housch                          ron.housch@psnwa.org

 

Publicity

Melissa Jones                        melissa.jones@psnwa.org

 

Publications

Nikki Lockett                        nikki.lockett@psnwa.org

 

Development & Community Service

Stephen Ironside                  stephen.ironside@psnwa.org 

 

Parliamentarian

Wendy Dunn                        wendy.dunn@psnwa.org