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Pow Wow field trip video

A few HPS members went on a last-minute field trip to photograph at a Pow Wow on November 12, 2011. The video was created by HPS activities coordinator Nathalie Brouard featuring photos from the participants.

Jamie Laidish – Exhibition

HPS member Jamie Laidish will have some of her works displayed for the Houston ArtCrawl 2011 at the Atelier Jacquinet Art Studio & Gallery at 913 McKee Street in Houston at the Warehouse District adjacent to downtown.

The exhibition opening will take place Saturday, November 19 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Go out and see some wonderful works of art and support Jamie!

Call for Entries – “Winter”

A Smith Gallery (Johnson City, Texas) announces a “Call for Entries” for the photographic exhibition “Winter.”  The juror is HPS print competition judge and honorary member, Jean Caslin, an independent curator and career coach for emerging and mid-career visual artists.

In many parts of the world, the winter season is a time of extremes — ranging from exquisite beauty to notable hardships. The Gallery seeks both literal representations and metaphorical interpretations on this theme.

For a fee of $25 for 5 images, the deadline for online or CD submissions is Wednesday, November 30, 2011. Forty-five images will be selected for exhibition.

Awards will be given and a Blurb exhibition catalogue will be created.

The exhibition will be on view from January 6 to February 12, 2012, with a public reception on January 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. View the guidelines.

Gallery Crawl 2011 was cool!

Due to the typically hot and humid Houston summers, a few members of HPS decided to beat the heat by attending a couple of photography indoor exhibitions at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts (MFAH) and afterwards lunched at Café Express in the basement of the museum. 

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Afterwards, they made their way to the Houston Center for Photography (HCP) where Jason Dibley, exhibition coordinator, provided them with a personal tour. Dibly explained the process of selection for the presented prints and highlighted some of his favorite works.

Nathalie Brouard, HPS activities coordinator, commented that Bernie Levy entertained fellow members with his own comments while reading the artist statements. Brouard would advise members who are preparing their artist statement for the upcoming October HPS portfolio review to see this exhibition and look at those from the 17 artists in this exhibition. They served as good models for artist statements.

HPS member Dee Zunker also shared some photos from yesterday’s outing. You can view them on her website.

Future HPS outings will be posted soon as they are formalized.

Large format photography — my inner peace

by Laszlo Perlaky

My photographic history

I began photographing nature in my early teen years. After twenty plus years of black & white photography, I began to use chrome film for color slides.

I continued photographing black & white negative and color slide side-by-side the next five years. I finally transitioned to a chrome medium and as a special presentation form, I mastered in slide showmanship.

For the next 20 some odd years, I filled two large file cabinets with approximately 30,000 color slides, and I slowly began to transition to the digital photography.

I would scan my slides during the first digital period later yielding to digital capture only. After I began printing my images digitally, my color print era took off. I really focused on my portfolios and strived to create something fresh each year. But, even with success on local, national and international competitions, art festivals and art shows, having images in solo and group exhibitions, I somehow still felt that I was missing something.

Internal angst

During this period, I read and collected literally hundreds of photography and nature photography books. Several masters have influenced me.

I understood the importance of photographic communication and I focused on changing my vision.

However, even after I started metaphorically communicating with nature and began to see the invisible more and more, I still felt I was missing something.

Discovery phase

Perhaps five or six years ago, one of my friends who specialized in large format photography and other former large format photographers talked with me about large format photography, introducing me to the magic of lens and camera movement.

I learned more and more and applied those concepts with my digital photography. I began using tilt shift lenses, thus entering an entirely new world.

That was a nice experience, but once again, I still missed something.

Foray into large format

Inner Peace

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My friend and I continued discussing more and more about the advantages of large format photography, mostly from a technical point of view. I learned more about the camera and lens movements, individual film process and high resolution.

Finally after a year of hesitation and much serious discussion, I felt I was ready to dive into it. Lo and behold, my wife surprised me with a carefully selected large format camera!

While I was happy with it, I didn’t know at the time that this fine instrument would completely change my vision.

During my four years of active large format photography work, influenced by great masters of large format landscape photography, I made several hundred fine negatives with extremely high resolution. The results was fine art prints that showed detail and depth — on black & white, of course.

Previously, I was simply an avid nature photographer. I wished to have everything and when I finally arrived to the fields and waited for the sunrise, I was not relaxed. I was still filled with the remnants of the daily grind from the previous week. However, something special happened with me during the past few years.

My catharsis

I finally became relaxed more and more and I started seeing the world around me differently. I even focused on nature differently from before.

I began previsualizing my never-seen images and saw more images when I was alone with the upside-down and reversed orientation 4"x5" or 8"x10" photo on the camera’s ground glass. I would talk with my image. I tried to make it work within my story board.

I would tell my story and the image replied to me generating a special connection and binding.

The camera’s dark cloth separated me and my image from the disturbing surroundings and this slow, precise and intimate image making process opened my heart and cleared my mind. When I finally clicked the shutter and captured the image, I felt inner peace.

I was happy.

If everybody could feel similarly as what I experience, we would all be large format photographers.

We would all be able to change the world around us, perhaps giving inner peace and happiness to all hearts.

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