Aug. 2006 OPPL Gallery Show Ideas
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Donna

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Members post your ideas, comments, and suggestions for the 2006 OPPL Show Here!


Jan 30, 06 | 8:50 am
Donna

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I was thinking it might be interesting to explore a theme this year. I know many people feel working on a theme is restrictive but I think it is visually fascinating to see how people creatively differ in approach to any topic.

How about depicting photographically, passion or your definition of passion.
Any other thoughts?


Feb 17, 06 | 9:43 am
Donna

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(posted for Kamila)

I have an idea to make the August Show an exhibition of photographs of people who live in Oak Park since our village is known for its cultural and social diversity. What do you think about it? I have more more to say about it I just would like to know if it sounds interesting?

Kamila


Feb 19, 06 | 9:08 pm
Helen

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I just read the 2005 committee report and noticed that the idea of choosing a theme for last year was rejected as “antithetical to the nature of the club.” I wonder how the club as a whole will react to the idea of theme.

If we do try to go with a theme I think it has to be something abstract that would give people a lot of freedom to interpret it.  For example, Donna’s idea of passion would be good because of the countless ways that could be explored; a theme such as “flowers” or “children” would be too restrictive.

I also think if we choose a theme we might want to get rid of the geographic restriction to give people a little more freedom.

I don’t know how well Kamilla’s idea would work for our group, but I like it and do think it would be interesting.

PS - Donna!  The font size in the response box is so small that I can’t read anything I’ve typed.  Is that the way the site is designed or is it just the settings on my computer?  Thanks.


Feb 20, 06 | 6:22 am
Donna

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I chose a broad topic idea because of the very reasons you stated Helen. I like Kamila’s idea also, but then I enjoy photographing everything. I think we grow when we explore new approaches to our craft.

To answer your p.s. yes I find the type small myself. We will modify the type size by days end.


Feb 20, 06 | 9:17 am
Jim Krysan

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Thoughts on themes.
A show with a theme has the real possibility of being more interesting to viewers than past shows. It could also challenge members in new ways.
I take those two possible outcomes to be good.
A highly restrictive theme might reduce participation; too broad a theme might be no theme at all. That is, a show based on what each photographer is “passionate about” may be the same as past shows.
(This is not to say our past shows were bad.)
Kamila’s idea of cultural and social diversity in Oak Park might be expanded beyond pictures of people. Such a theme might encourage novel technical approaches.


Feb 21, 06 | 8:31 am
Donna

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Posted By: jenniferyoung Date: 02/20/2006 8:44 am

august show ideas

“i like Donna’s idea of what is Passion, I also agree that the theme should not be limited by a geographic region.


Feb 21, 06 | 10:21 am
Donna

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Posted By: Dr. Mike 02/21/06 8:42 AM

By it’s very nature images of some forms of Passion will initiate censorship.


Feb 21, 06 | 10:28 am
Tom LeaMond

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We have been very loose in the last two shows, only setting geographic and time restricitons to provide an even playing field.  I really like the idea of a challenge.  How would you represent passion?  Michael might choose the passion of flesh, Donna may choose the passion flower, Jim may choose the passion of post offices in South Dakota, and Kamila the passion of diversity.  We don’t have to make it easy.  Lets challenge ourselves!
Hope everyone is doing well.

Tom


Feb 21, 06 | 1:59 pm
donsorsa

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I don’t think a theme is antithetical to the nature of the club, but then words like antithetical aren’t really in my vocabulary...

I always prefer artistic shows with coherence of some kind, and a theme *could* offer that, and so could a restriction on geography and/or time; however, if the theme (or geography or time) is too broad and doesn’t impose restrictions, then the coherence is lost, as seen in Tom’s example.

If we were choosing between portraits of Oak Parkers and passion, I’d vote for O.P portraits - they would get the most attention, attract the widest audience, and probably increase our membership more than anything else. In addition, portraits always pose an interesting challenge.

That’s my two cents - just trying to explain what I’m looking for, and we should keep the door open for alternatives. It’s much too early to make any final decision, right?


Feb 21, 06 | 4:42 pm
Donna

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The door is definitely still open. This forum thread is to explore possibilities and ideas from everyone. I thought Kamila’s intital idea of diversity in Oak Park very interesting. I thought Jim’s extension of that compelling.

Defining diversity pictorially could be done in a number of ways both in exploring technique through multiple images in a photograph or a strong photographic statement.  But then I like passionate statements ;)

The idea of opening our minds and challenging ourselves can be done in a broad theme or a narrow one.


Feb 21, 06 | 5:22 pm
Donna

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Comment from Debby Preiser posted in Yahoo group

FYI: There is a group of five women photographers headed by Deb Donnelley who will be showing in the Library gallery in June. They have been working about a year on a project involving “five degrees of separation” in Oak Park. They photograph a person they like/admire, then ask that person to recommend someone they like/admire and the chain goes on.

Given that, we may not want to limit our show images to Oak Park people.


Feb 22, 06 | 7:44 am
ken

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I agree that a theme for the Show is desireable, and would suggest something non geographic but of a more specific nature (less subject to intrepretation, i.e. street festivals).


Feb 22, 06 | 8:52 am
Donna

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submitted for Sheryl

I like Jim’s idea of cultural and social diversity in Oak Park not restricted to pictures of people.

I can see some problems with passion if it does not mean “What is your passion?” or showing someone engaged in work that is their passion.

Sheryl


Feb 22, 06 | 7:39 pm
Donna

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I think the idea of street festivals the more I think about it could be a very fascinating theme for the club to explore.  It might even be a fun photographic outing to plan as a group (if people were interested). There certainly are an abundance of them (street festivals) as soon as the weather turns warm. You can find them in the city and most suburbs. It might be very interesting to see how individuals perceive a street festival. Then step back and see how it falls together in a group story.


Feb 23, 06 | 12:51 pm
Jon Fjortoft

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The festival theme, I think, would be the easiest to pull off as a group show. Even better if it included parades, fairs, carnivals. There would be some interesting and varied takes on this from our group.
The other idea that I think would work is the ‘determination’ theme. Photography is like fly-paper to expressions of ‘sense of purpose’, and it’s enjoyable to ‘discover’ them as viewers of photos.
So there are my TWO votes, Chicagoland style.
Some of the other themes, like humor or place will occur incidentally, no matter what theme is chosen.


Mar 03, 06 | 8:49 pm



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