Series and Sequence in Inglewood: Co-Meetup w/VCFC

  • May 17, 2014 · 4:00 PM
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Prior to my arrival in Calgary I was a co-organizer in a photography meetup group Van City Free Capture (VCFC).  The idea of this meetup is to do a co-event with VCFC.  Dionysios and Sharon are hosting their event in Vancouver and I'll be hosting a satellite event here in Calgary.   The event details below are courtesy of Dionysios (with a few changes for the Calgary component). 

The Idea

When we make a photograph, we present a message. We interpret an issue in a scene and present our understanding in a manner that can be deep or concise, cryptic or dazzling. Just like one word or sentence might not be enough to state our intention, then perhaps one image might not be enough to present our understanding of a subject (your message). Here we will produce a set of three or more images, mounted together, that will exhibit our message as either a series or a sequence.

A series is a set of photographs that does not require a viewing order to be understood. If re-ordered, meaning is not lost. What ties the images together is a common idea, subject, style or content such as "Vancouver's Mt Pleasant neighborhood", "Textures of Venice" and "New Orleans from the hip". With a series, there is consistency.

A sequence is a set of photographs that does require a viewing order to be understood. If re-ordered, the meaning is lost. What ties the images together is a movement through time and space or a narrative, which has a beginning, middle and end (in French, l'exposition, le development et le denouement), such as "A day with gypsies in Triana" or "Learning from each other while baking". With a sequence, there is continuance.

The similarity with a series or a sequence is they tell a story, whether it's a short or long one, but one that cannot be told with just one frame. The challenge, after choosing a subject, is finding appropriate scenes while photographing and then selecting images from the contact sheet that will successfully illustrate the story; it is relating multiple images into a coherent whole, which is our message.

 

Above: I Would Have Liked to Have Seen, Montana, 2011 by Dionysios Psychas

 

The Inspiration

Following are some examples. Some are staged or span years.

Duane Michals: Chance Meeting

Michael von Graffenried: Shoreditch Stories and Cocainelove

Greg Miller: School Bus Stop and County Fair

Bernd and Hilla Becher: Typologies Photographic Series here

 Ryan Schude: Vintage cars portraits

Michael Eastman: Vanishing America

John Bennett Fitts: Industrial landscaping

 Claire Martin: The Misfits: Downtown East Side

 

The Work

A set of stopped motion images (continuous or multi-shot) or one image simply divided into three is not the point of this exercise and meetup. In order to create a tryptic or series you'll need a piece of software that can create a "strip" of images (free software like Faststone, which can stitch or create a contact sheet).

 

The Walk-about

We'll explore the east side of downtown Calgary and Inglewood.  We'll meet in front of Caffe Rosso (425 11 Ave SE) at 4:00pm.

 We will make introductions, the subject will be presented, there will be tips, we'll have a short Q&A, identify members with like camera brands to help each other navigate their gear and then we'll head out to try to make memorable photographs and have fun. We'll also buddy up.

Afterwards, we'll meet up in front of Ironwood Stage & Grill (1229 9 Ave SE) in Inglewood where we'll share photos and conversations.

 NB: This is not a lesson, just a photo exploration. The event will go on dry or wet, so be prepared for the weather. If you participate in the event you should also participate by sharing your images in the album (up to 8); ask us questions and we'll get a discussion going to help each other with technique and composition.

 

The Aim

The function of the group is to learn and practice the techniques of photography. This involves learning photography not only from your guides but also by sharing knowledge with your group-mates. The intention is also to organize and get to know new people. The attendant size of the meets will be small so participants can have the opportunity to get to know all their group-mates and spend time with a guide. If you select to attend a meet and then cannot make it, please be courteous to others in the group and change your RSVP status as soon as possible to allow others the chance to participate.

 

The Après-Meet

Please feel comfortable in posting your photographs and advising others; critical appraisal is helpful. What will also be appreciated are ratings and, especially, comments to individual meets and the group dynamic as a whole. This is important because it will ultimately add value to our meetings and improve our experience.

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  • Cat G

    Hi all, thanks for the great company and camera chat this evening. Inglewood was a new experience for me. Looking forward to seeing all your series. In the mean time, you're welcome to connect with me on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/catgoodfellow/

    1 · May 17

  • Carissa

    Just as an FYI Instagram is having its 9th Worldwide Instameet this weekend. In Calgary, there is an instameet happening tomorrow (#wwim9_yyc). First a movie on Vivian Maier at the Globe Theatre (details on the film here http://www.vivianmaier.com/film-finding-vivian-maier/) followed by the instameet (details here http://instagram.com/p/oHuLosnebF/)

    I've heard about this doc on Vivian Maier so I'm very tempted.....

    May 17

  • Brad R.

    Thank-you Carissa for putting this walk together. Wonderful to meet everyone.

    2 · May 17

  • Jennifer

    Hey, sorry something came up at work and I don't think I'm going to be able to make it. :( Sorry for the short notice!

    May 17

  • Steven

    Hi, I want to come but I wont be able to make it til 4:30-4:45 at the earliest. Will you still be at the cafe then?

    May 16

    • Steven

      Ok. I sent you my number.

      May 16

    • Steven

      I can now make it there for 4pm.

      1 · May 16

  • Cat G

    Hi all, this looks like a great idea. I've never done any group or collaborative photo work before. I hope it's okay that I bring a film camera - I know it will delay posting photos somewhat.

    May 16

  • Carissa

    Just an FYI - this is a rain or shine event regaress of the group size ☺

    May 14

    • Carissa

      It doesn't need to be weatherproof. There is lots of information online about shooting in a variety of weather.

      May 15

    • Kyle

      Oh, I know, I'm just saying that you may need to find ways to shelter it from the worst of the weather (I have an inside pocket on my jacket my slr lens sits in perfectly, keep my camera out of the weather when I'm not shooting) I've seen people adapt zip lock baggies to their cameras to keep the rain off...

      May 15

  • Jennifer

    I love this idea, and will probably be participating, will RSVP tomorrow at the latest. My sister would like to join me, she isn't a meetup user; is that ok?

    May 15

  • Alexandra

    I really want to come to this. I have plans for Saturday evening...I'd have to leave early. Would that be a problem?

    May 13

    • Carissa

      Not at all. It is totally okay to leave early.

      May 13

  • Carissa

    RSVPs open Tuesday May 13 at 6pm

    May 12

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