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Photo Review | Theme: Open (vintage) | Judge Michael West

January's theme is Open Vintage. In an “Open” competition month, photographers are allowed to enter their best work on any subject. Note that this is a vintage month, so any images taken at any time are eligible.

Our judge for the evening will be Michael West.

Access the Submission Guidelines for properly preparing your print or digital image.

* All Digital images are due by Noon on Sunday, the 20th

* Prints are accepted until 7 PM on Tuesday, the 22th. Note: Digital images of prints are due by Noon on Sunday, the 20th

Remember, you must be a current RPS member in order to submit images for review.


Michael’s photographic work explores the space between seeing and feeling.

In this space, the concreteness of an object, an experience, or a place begins to blur, to disintegrate and becomes transparent. Memory, feeling, imagination and history overlap reality and transformation can happen. Michael feels that “In this space, creation and reinvention occur. Transformation begins and what is seen becomes more than itself, yet closer to it’s essence. It is this essence I am trying to capture.”

The photo encaustic process adds a luminous quality to his artwork. Using a combination of photography, oils and beeswax in warm tones, Michael creates a hybrid art somewhere between painting and photography. Between seeing and feeling.

Visit Michael West Photography

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  • Marvin P.

    Michael did an excellent job under difficult circumstances. Something must be done to calibrate the projector to enhance the learning experience.

    January 23, 2013

  • Mark W.

    The online membership payment is now available via PayPal. Click the link and skip the form (and line) at tonights meeting.

    January 22, 2013

  • Marvin P.

    I have not seen anything about digital images needed even if entering the print competition mentioned at last meeting. Details appreciated or is that for future competitions?

    January 17, 2013

    • Mark W.

      We reviewed the plan at Tuesday nights board meeting. We will post details here and in our newsletter on Friday. We will try it out for 1/22 review.

      January 17, 2013

    • Mark W.

      I've posted some details on the Meetup message board. This will also be included in the Email Newsletter­

      January 18, 2013

  • Rennie Marie N.

    Michael West will be our judge for this meeting!

    January 7, 2013

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