Focus Groups: Projects and Sets Photo-a-day challenge

Earlier this month, the Projects and Sets focus group ran a 15 day ‘Photo a day challenge’, which was fantastic practice for the current lockdown 😲 The only criteria was that the photo should be taken on the day it was posted – no other limits. About 11 people took part, and it’s certainly spurred many of us on to keep creating. Thanks very much to David Steer for running it all, and Ferg Campbell for being star commenter! Here are some of our highlights:

If any other Focus Groups or members have any projects or news they’d like to post here, please let me know at cameracraft.dpsnz@gmail.com

– Nicola

What’s On: September 2021

Image by Ferg Campbell

A bit of a disappointing ending to last month with Covid rearing its ugly head again, but hopefully we can slowly start emerging from lockdown very soon. In the meantime, a reminder that we’ll be running ALL DPS activities online until we’re back at Level 1, just to be on the safe side. This means that some activities may need to be cancelled or postponed, and all club meetings will be held on Zoom until then – keep an eye on government announcements if you’re not sure where we’re at 🙂 Covid Alert Levels and Updates

DateActivityDetailsLocation
7:30pm, Monday 6 September  View Finder #12: Esther Bunning – NZ Pacific Studio ANZAC Flags project Zoom
7:30pm, Monday 13 September  Club meeting: Noelle Bennett – Rules? What rules?  Projected Image Of The Month: Edges  Zoom  
Saturday 18 September  Festival judging   Zoom  
7:30pm, Monday 20 September  Focus group meetings   Zoom and various  
6pm, Thursday 23 SeptemberField Trip: Glenfalloch Night Garden N.B. THIS WILL ONLY RUN IF WE ARE AT LEVEL 1Meet at 6pm towards the Strathallan Street end of the Bunnings carpark, to catch the free bus to GlenfallochGlenfalloch
7:30pm, Monday 27 September  Club meeting: AGM
Neale McGowan: Postcards of Old Dunedin
Phil Hollard: A First for New Zealand  
Print Of The Month: Open  Zoom (or if at Level 1: Mornington Presbyterian Community Centre, 16 Maryhill Tce)  
TBCField Trip: Monarch Wildlife CruiseAll details TBC – an email will be sent out when they are confirmed 
  • Nicola

Street/urban focus group

The latest focus group to be established within the club is the Street/urban group. We have a broad focus, encompassing everything from photographing people in the streets, to the buildings of our city. Our idea is to circulate links about a photographer of interest each month, so that we can have a look at their work and discuss when we meet.

The first meeting was held on Thursday 22nd July at Dog with two Tails. We had 8 members attend (plus a mini associate) which got the group off to a great start. Mark McGuire had shared links to the first photographer for discussion – Peter Black. Peter is a Wellington-based street photographer who has photographed social landscapes all over the world.

Brisbane 1973. Peter Black’s first photograph. Source: https://www.peterblackphotos.com/about.html

You can find Peter online via the following links:

Photos can have the magical ability to stop time and thus allow us to examine the world, but in the end the best of them become art – yet they remain as mysterious as a dream.

Peter Black

After a good discussion around Peter’s work and the direction of our new group, it just remained for us all to grab our cameras and hit the streets ourselves.

The next meeting will be 11am Thursday 19th August at Dog With Two Tails, and all are welcome. The photographer of focus this month is Vivian Maier. If you would like to join the mailing list to receive links and updates, please email Melanie.