Talking Photography N’at We will not meet in July instead join us August 10 2021

Jul 08, 2021 1:56 am


Talking Photography N'at a virtual meet up

Hey, I know what your thinking - Richard Doesn't Fish!

The truth is my family and I have been working hard the past six months and we all need a break. We are planning to head out of town, check out some college campuses for Grace ( a rising high school junior ), and take a mental break from work, and yes, of course, there will be some pictures made.


Even though I don't fish, and I wear gobs of SPF 30 sunscreen you might be surprised to learn I have picked up Stand Up Paddle Boarding over the pandemic year. So even though we are taking a break from the July meet-up next week there is a lot to think about and take in until we again in August.

August 10, Tuesday 7-8:30 pm.

HEADLINE: I learned this week that I will be teaching two courses at Point Park University - It is a privilege to work with these wonderful students. The downside is that both courses will be offered at night - one on Tuesday and one on Thursday. If you have been with us for a while you know what's coming. Starting on September 8, 2021, we will move to the second Wednesday evening each month still at 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mark your calendars.

By August, I hope we will have updates on two important member events. The first is the Polly Mills Whitehorn exhibition at Beacon Shortwave Gallery in Stone Harbor New Jersey. Her story we have been following since the beginning of her journey.

Polly Mills Whitehorn
July 11th
Sarah Becktel
Robert Stickloon
Polly Mills Whitehorn

And second, is the experience that David Robert Farmerie has as the artist in residence in Wilson, North Carolina. Of course image updates from anyone who has work or experiences that they too want to share.

Have you been to any museums or gallery shows? Have you read or looked at any intriguing books, or seen any films about photography, art, or the people who practice them? We have a lot of things to share even between virtual meetings.

I have looked at all sorts of online community tools I have been trying to stay away from Facebook Groups - as so many people including myself have pulled away from too much time spent there. I wanted a tool that would allow for links and sharing, not too complicated, and could be used on a variety of platforms. After testing, conversations, and playing around with as many options as I could find. I am back where I was a couple of years ago with SLACK. < > I know some of you are already familiar with Slack and may use it for work, still, others may have used it in one of my previous classes. It checks off many of the boxes and I am going to give it a try. The mistake I made before - was that I had too many Slack activities and I forgot who was where and doing what - I am now focusing on this one channel for people who want to participate - it's not mandatory - completely optional but I hope useful to us especially for those days between meetups.

This link expires in 2 days so if you need a new invitation

I am not a big contest participant but a couple worth considering for this group:

The 2021 Arnold Newman Prize For New Directions in Photographic Portraiture

The Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture is a $20,000 prize awarded annually to a photographer whose work demonstrates a compelling new vision in photographic portraiture. In addition to the winner, the jury selects three finalists each year who are invited to participate in an exhibit at the Griffin Museum of Photography.

The Prize is generously funded by the Arnold & Augusta Newman Foundation and proudly administered by Maine Media Workshops + College. The Griffin Museum of Photography hosts the annual exhibition of work by the winner and three finalists each October.

The 2020 Call for Entry will be open from July 1- August 2, 2021. All entries are made through the platform Submittable.

the Creator Labs Photo Fund

Supporting the Creativity of Tomorrow

Open until 16 July 2021 11:59 PM

Google's Creator Labs and Aperture are pleased to launch the Creator Labs Photo Fund - a new initiative providing financial support to artists in the wake of COVID-19. With artists and creatives heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, it has never been more important and vital to providing support for this community. 

Submissions will be free and open to any photographer or lens-based artist living in the United States, and twenty selected artists will be awarded a prize of $5,000 each. To apply to the Creator Labs Photo Fund, all entrants will need to submit 8 to 10 images from one body of work, showing a commitment to making a cohesive and compelling series or project. The project does not need to be finished in order to enter. Entrants will not be evaluated on the basis of prior experience, publications, or exhibition history, but instead on the strength and originality of their vision.

Twenty selected artists will be awarded a prize of $5,000 each and will be featured on and across Aperture's social media channels

Entry Requirements

All artists applying for the Creator Labs Photo Fund must meet the following requirements: 

  • You are a photographer or lens-based artist
  • You are currently living in the United States
  • You are 18 years of age or older
  • You can submit 8-10 images from one cohesive body of work. The project does not need to be finished in order to enter but should have been created in the last three years

Finally, we are looking to do a couple of things this fall,

  • at least one in-person meet up
  • at least one in-person photo walk/shop
  • at least one critique-only session

I have also started 1:1 sessions - I already have three students (a 90 minute hour - every two weeks $60), I am going to hold off on in-person workshops until I have a space to do so appropriately.

This is not only about me - this is a community so if you have any ideas for programming, speakers, guests please let me know. If you have images you would like to share in August prepare and send them to using Google Drive or We Transfer We are no longer accepting DropBox links.

Please share this with anyone who you think might be interested in joining us.

The link in the email above, the, my Linktree in the Instagram bio, and'at/1.

See you on August 10th.

Richard Kelly