PhotoMidwest hosts regular members-only meetings focusing on specific photographic interests from our membership: Alternography, Black & White, Human Interest, Landscape, Long Exposure, Nature, Travel and the Women's Interest Group are currently scheduled. These Special Interest Groups each meet monthly in the PhotoMidwest Studio, and members may attend as many groups as they wish. Be sure to watch the weekly newsletter for more details on group topics and plans.
Prospective members are also welcome to join us to check the group out. Just contact the person listed who coordinates the sessions and let them know you want to attend.
The Alternography Group meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7 pm to discuss plastic cameras, pinholes, film and darkroom processes, and any other creative approaches we can think of. Bring your favorite plastic camera or film camera, examples of alternative processes, or just your avid curiosity! The group leader is Brett Schlough.
The Black & White Group meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7 pm. Each month a selected member will present a photographer with his/her history and some photos for a round table discussion. After 30 minutes or so the member who is presenting that month will be able to bring a series of his/her own photographs for comments, followed by a show and tell of up to 2 photos per member with discussion by all. The group co-coordinators are Reece Donihi and Tim Mulcahy.
The Human Interest Group discusses photography that relates to human activities and events. The first Wednesday of each month at 7 pm we share and discuss images related to an ongoing group or any related individual project. Currently the group is working on "Performance" consisting of images which portray people in or associated with a musical or performance arts. Group leader is Tom Miller and John Kalson.
The Landscape Group meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 pm, (but be sure to check the newsletter regarding November and December). Members interested in all kinds of landscape images, including cityscapes, are invited to bring up to four images to each meeting for a new topic each month. Gordon Olson leads the discussions.
The Long Exposure Group meets the fourth Monday of each month at 7 pm (but be sure to check the newsletter regarding December). Members interested in any type of subject matter explored through the use of long exposures. Bob Beaverson is the group leader.
The Nature Group meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7 pm to share wildlife and nature images. Bring up to four digital images to share for each monthly topic. Jerry Bisgard and Dick Wieboldt lead the group.
The Travel Interest Group meets every fourth Friday of the month at 11:30 am. Bring your lunch and join other members as we share, discuss, and learn from presentations on how to improve our images which portray a sense of place. This group is co-chaired by Marcia Getto, David Schoengold, Lawrence Hands and Trevor Passmore. Please email us with any questions.
The Street Photography Group meets the first Monday of each month at 7 pm. We open meetings with a brief discussion period but devote the majority of our time to critiques. The main objective is to create a supportive sharing/learning environment. Members will be encouraged to share ideas, books, technical knowledge, personal experiences, resources and companionship, as well as images. Group leader is Mark Golbach.
The Women's Group meets the second Sunday of each month at 6:30 PM, for women only. This group meets to discuss all things photography-related from the viewpoint of the female photographer. Meetings are informal and intended to be friendly, inspiring, supportive and educational. If you are a woman, and a member, this group would welcome the opportunity to get to know you. Group co-coordinators are Amy Stocklein and Carolyn Knorr.