Our next meeting is on Tuesday Oct 10th 6:00-8:00 PM, at the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth. Original guest speaker Joe Stevens has a last minute conflict. Instead, Jay Goldsmith will join our meeting to present a program on portrait photography.
Jay is a highly accomplished local photographer. He is about to open his 3rd show at Discover Portsmouth, featuring portraits of artists. He will show his images and discuss how he approaches portrait photography that results in the most successful images.
Jay describes his approach as follows: “I often try to key into some features of the sitter’s day to day life and with artists frequently something somewhat removed from that person’s art. Often I use a prop to indicate something otherwise unseen about the subject: a personal library, for example, or a piano, or a hand made easel, a length of canvas, a fancy hat. I use body language and pose. An artist may not enjoy sitting and I may only show a small part of her, perhaps peeking around the edge of a painting. I am drawn to the geometry of a location and that can become the dominant visual: a large piece of torn paper (which I would ask the artist to tear) or the architectural lines of a room. I try to meet with the subject a week or so before the shoot and plan the session.”
Our next meeting is an NECCC photo competition on Tuesday September 26th 6:00-8:00 PM at the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth. Members are encouraged to enter a photograph in both Nature and Open (Pictorial) categories. Submission deadline is Saturday September 30th 11:00 PM. See our competition submission rules for details. The top 4 in each category are entered in the Spring NECCC regional competition. As always, the public is welcome to attend.