President's Message 2014
A great deal has changed in photography since the Princeton Photography Club's founding in 1982. Our basic tenet has remained the same — photographic excellence.
We delight in our ongoing relationship with the D&R Greenway Land Trust, where most of our meetings and workshops are held. Ten general meetings each year (September through June) are free and open to the public.
During the past few years, eminent speakers have included Amy Arbus, Larry Fink, Emmet Gowen, Seward Johnson, Stephen Perloff, Mary Louise Pierson, George Tice and Michael Massaia.
In 2013, the Princeton Photography Club (PPC) was honored to help establish the Lakefront Gallery at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton. Shortly thereafter, Merwick Care & Rehabilitation Center asked us to help found the Millstone River Gallery. PPC is now one of the few photography clubs with two galleries in which to exhibit. This gives both our members and, by invitation, local artists venues where they can display their talents.
For the past few years, the D&R Greenway Land Trust and PPC have sponsored juried exhibits of high school students' photography. The 2014 theme, "Seasonscapes, " will highlight the significance of the natural environment.
The club has developed relationships with other nonprofit organizations in the
Enhancing our model of running numerous workshops to hone members' photographic knowledge and skills, PPC will move forward in 2014/2015 with two long-term, large-scale projects, different from anything the club has attempted before.
The first is built on a new relationship with GFS and a desire to show its history of land use. In 1888, the Inter-State Fair Association purchased over one hundred acres and established a permanent location for annual events. GFS's photographic archives will guide our members as we continue to document the evolving changes in land use of the original fair grounds. In September 2015 at GFS, PPC will have the privilege of presenting a photographic exhibit featuring those land-use changes.
Prompted by our two galleries' diverse surrounding communities, PPC's second long term project will be a photographic documentation of "Our NJ Communities: Diversity as Witnessed Through the Lens. "
These two projects will require myriad skills. Local residents will guide and introduce us to communities, where we will photograph landscapes and architecture (both urban and rural), enter private and public areas, and hone our skills as street photographers. To move ahead, we will create working groups, identify PPC members' interests and skills, discuss and create ways to fund these projects, and remunerate community members and workshop moderators who will help extend our skills and guide us through our photographic journey.
These two exciting projects reflect the future of PPC and will leave a lasting legacy of stories the photographic image can share. We hope that the end result will be a traveling exhibit, where the diversity of New Jersey communities will engage a large audience throughout the state.
Over the holiday season, many members volunteer with Help-Portrait, a community of photographers coming together from across the world to use their skills to give families something they may never have had before — a portrait, at absolutely no cost to each family.
Thanks to Paul Douglas, once again PPC's book, Annual Year in Review, in which each member may submit two images, will be published. We are honored that both the Princeton Public Library and the Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University hold these histories of our members' talents in their permanent collections.
Socializing at general meetings and at workshops, the Princeton Photography Club members develop new and ongoing friendships. We count this as an important aspect of the PPC environment. The friendships made have led to travel groups and time spent together.
For more about our members' achievements and to see examples of their photography, please read Members News, posted on our website, princetonphotoclub.org.
It has been my privilege to be president of the club for the past seven years. What a delight to have seen the club grow and the quality of images soar!
Carl H. Geisler
President, Princeton Photography Club
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