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All upcoming meeting dates for the season 2020-2021 are published in the Calendar.
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Next meeting (online) : Negative Space
Wednesday, 19 May 2021 at 20:00
For the month of May, a project has been proposed to members with the subject of Negative Space. Miguel Angel Vilar explained this concept and his application in photography during the January meeting. His presentation can be found in the Tutorials page.
The main event of the evening is our external speaker, Thomas Vanoost. Thomas is a Belgian artist using photography as his medium. He graduated in photography from a local fine arts school while also studying philosophy and sociology. In 2016, he decided to devote himself to photography after he became painfully conscious of the chaotic world we live in. The results are his series ‘visions of daily chaos’. Heavily influenced by his background in philosophy, his work questions our relationship to reality.
Our guest speaker was Simon Pugh, freelance photographer based in Maastricht and former club president. With the title "Street Life", Simon presented a series of his street and city photography.
The rest of the evening was dedicated to sharing the results to our post-processing exercise. Members were given a series of images to choose from and were invited to make their own interpretation through post-processing.
Check out down in this page a video-slideshow of images from last year.
We just had our January meeting. Our guest speaker for the evening was Ben Beechey, a freelance commercial photographer currently living in Tokyo, Japan. Ben specializes in travel, documentary, event and portrait photography.
In the agenda as well, Miguel Angel presented the concept of "Negative Space", as it is the subject of one of our upcoming projects.
Philippe spoke about how to have our lenses (and photos) free of dust spots.
The main event was the challenge with the theme INSIDE, with Simon Pugh, a photographer living in Maastricht and former member of the Club, as judge. The challenge proved to be very popular, with 23 members submitting a total of 42 images. The judge had his work cut out for him, as there were many different interpretations of “Inside”.
Besides selecting the winners, Simon provided very constructive analysis for a selection of images, which proved to be just as valuable for everyone.
Philippe Clabots had a short presentation on workflow to catalog and edit his photos. His presentation is available in the Tutorials page.
Our last Challenge : INSIDE
Our most recent challenge for club members was held during the month of December. All participating images were shown during the monthly meeting.
Former Viewfinders' president Simon Pugh took the difficult task to select the winners, but also provided us with a very insightful critiquing session on his top selections, which is just as rewarding for all of us.
The challenge theme has been (fairly obviously) inspired by the now multiple “lock downs” of varying degree, forcing us all to stay indoors. The results were quite impressive, representing space, emotions, humour, abstraction...
Judge's winner: Sebastian Boatca. 2nd place: Philippe Clabots, 3rd place: Hélène Cook
People's Choice: Miguel Angel Vilar
Visit the Challenges page for a slideshow with all participating images.
During the November online meeting, Hector Epelbaum presented the panel of images that recently earned him his Associate Distinction from the Royal Photographic Society.
The main event of the evening was Food Photography. Joris Luyten, a Belgian photographer, will give us a step by step guide to food photography. This presentation served as an introduction to our February photo project on Food Photography where members will be able to show us their food photos.
Meise Botanical Garden
On August 29 we had out first photo-walk of the season with a visit to the Meise Botanical Garden. Hard to believe, it was our first non-virtual encounter with other fellow Viewfinders since our last meeting at the Swedish Church on February 19. Check your emails, more photo-walks will be organized in the coming weeks.
We had a good number of submissions to our SURPRISE challenge. And even though only some can "walk away" with a prize, perhaps an honorable mention, having your own photos critiqued by professionals and by club members is for sure a positive experience. Sometimes you realize how one image can offer different interpretations in contrast with your own, be it from an emotional or a technical point of view.
Check all the images that participated here.