The Nevada County Camera Club
January 26 Presentation
The Importance of Flow and Form in Photography by Dana Bruce,
Professor of Photography, Sierra College
Dana Bruce has been a photographer since 1994 when he walked by A Camera Store In Grass Valley and was intrigued by its contents and hit it off with its owner, Robert Hunter. Using his mom’s old Nikkormat, he was not happy with the clarity of his early photos. That's when Hunter introduced Bruce to his first prime lens. Bruce never looked back. Now after 20 years of photography, a host of purchased cameras and lenses in all different formats, he is a professional photographer and professor at Sierra College. “Once you are past the basics of f-stops, focusing, and shutter speeds, composition and form become paramount. A successful image is not just about the subject matter but how the forms inside the viewfinder add to or detract from the intended subject; how the eye moves around the photo, how it flows,”stated Bruce.
With a nontraditional background, Bruce was raised in the wine industry, had short stints working in France and Germany and later was hired to help get a golf course maintenance distributorship in Hong Kong off the ground. Missing life in the US, he moved back to Grass Valley and his fascination with the captured image began. He attended San Jose State, Sierra College, and Sacramento State. “The most important classes that influenced my photographic eye were art history. It was the breadth of different art forms. I don’t hold fast to the traditional compositional rules of photography, but instead, encourage photographers to let their subconscious mind compose the image. We are all artists - it's what we naturally do if we allow ourselves. There is no rule that will create a really outstanding photo. That's asking the conscious analytical mind to take control which only blocks the artistic one,”Bruce continued.
For the past seven years, Bruce has been focused on his role as an instructor at Sierra College. “It has been so gratifying to see students get excited about an art form when they didn’t feel that they had an artistic bone in their body. I get to light a fire under students and watch a passion ignite and glow inside them. It is so rewarding to watch them become creative.The greatest compliment I have been given by a student is that I gave them confidence. I love my profession because I can make a difference in people's lives," concluded Bruce.
During the second half of the meeting, camera club members will showcase their photos as judges critique their submissions to help improve their photography. Categories for submitted photos include: Black and White; Color; Nature - Landscapes; Nature - Wildlife; Travel; Technical; Photojournalism; and the monthly feature - Something Old.
Meeting: January 26, from 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Unity in the Gold Country Spiritual Center, 180 Cambridge Court, Grass Valley
Membership: The public is welcome and there is no cost for first time guests. Currently, the club has about 100 members of various photographic skill and experience levels.
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