Guest speaker for the first half of the meeting:
“Emergence of a Recalcitrant Artist”
by Jerry Berry
Feb 22, 2016, 6:30 P.M.
Unity in the Gold Country Spiritual Center, 180 Cambridge Court, Grass Valley
Jerry Berry, a photographer in the greater Sacramento region, has been a speaker and critic at Placer Camera Club. Jerry has been creating images with a camera for over 40 years. He is self taught through research and experience. His images have won awards at the California State Fair and have been honored in various competitions and galleries in the United States. In March of 2012, he was invited to participate in the Second International Show of Photography in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq, produced by the Larsa Human Rights Organization. More recently, he received an Honorable Mention in the 2013 Photography contest held by the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, NM. The April 2014 issue of Black and White Magazine contains his winning landscape image of Mt. Shasta. Jerry has also spent several years on the curator team of the internet photography site known as 1x.com. Having an image published each year in this site's yearbook has also been an honor. His photography is in a number of shows including:
"I suspect that my experience of finding passion in photography was similar to most, using the camera to capture a moment in time. We click away at anything and everything to see what might play out in the final image. We read and we study other images. We try to emulate or duplicate work that more accomplished and seasoned photographers have created. We attempt to master the capture of an image and perfect the craft of making as perfect a print as is possible. At some point in time we ask ourselves the question, "Do I have a personal style that separates me from the rest, or am I just going through the motions of perfecting the technical side?" In order to answer that question for myself, I needed to explore my influences.
When I was young I was always drawn to the section in HighLife magazine that had hidden images on a page. I was also intrigued by the section in Games Magazine that showed photographs of objects, mostly macro images, asking the readers to identify them. Later, the work of Bev Doolittle appealed to me. She is the artist that has hidden images in her paintings. I came to realize that illusion has a significant influence on my vision as a photographer. What one initially sees is often not the whole story. It is a kind of layered story that I aim to tell with much of my work.
Releasing the shutter is only one step of my process when creating an image, and often, is not the primary step. The click of the camera is generally preceded by pre-visualization, setting the stage, and sometimes even a bit of luck. I then use post processing tools and my intuition to create my final image in which reality often times does not play a lead role. As I continue to create images using the tools I have, my photography will no doubt have variety. But it is certain that in many of my images there will be a signature twist or "style" that is my own. It is not necessarily a style that I have consciously pursued, but one that has developed over the years of creating images that move me. With that in mind, I hope that some of my images find their way into your memory as well."
Websites: www.jerryberry.1x.com & www.butch.pixu.com
The February presentation will be followed by a critique of photographs submitted in Feb. by Club members. The critique will be by our guest, Jerry Berry. The meeting will end around 9 P.M. !