May Club Meeting

Meeting Date:  May 19, 2011– 6:30 PM

Meeting Location: Christ Presbyterian Church

Print Salon: “Time” — Here’s a challenge to capture and express time in a unique way, but not necessarily photographing a clock. The image needs to express the presence of time; past and present or future (that one makes your brain hurt). Get creative! Try time lapse, motion, light trails, age contrasts or whatever, as long as it expresses the concept of time. Again, no link or examples to challenge thought. The judge will be asked to keep an open mind but it is up to the photographer to sell their definition to both the judge and viewer.

Judge: Peer Judging

Program: Paul Markert: Professional Photographer

Although he had been shooting and processing his own film in his darkroom since he was ten, it wasn’t until Paul turned eighteen that he consciously decided to pursue professional photography. He deliberately sought work with some of the best photographers in Minneapolis and was exposed to product, food, room sets, location, people, and architecture. In 1999 he went on his own. Although Paul enjoys shooting a variety of projects, his forte is shooting people.

In Paul’s own words: “Born in California and raised in Minnesota, I was surrounded by art throughout my childhood. My parents, in fact, met at Art Center in Pasadena CA. My father is a commercial artist who has painted everything from billboards in the 70s to restaurant walls to hot air balloons. My mother, although busy with my eight siblings, never stopped using her visual talents and filled the house with art. My parent’s studio at our home held many good memories for me: the smell of the oil paints drying on the canvas, the dusty colored chalks that lingered in the air, and the mysterious chemicals in the darkroom that my parents set up for me. After spending countless hours in the darkroom I moved on to shooting transparency film. Slide film gave me the opportunity to sell my images as stock. Of course, film is long gone. Using Photoshop and other digital manipulating programs gives me the creative freedom that the darkroom did back in the day.”

Paul and his wife and children live near the chain of lakes in Minneapolis. They enjoy spending time together outdoors-Paul loves to fly-fish and bike in the summer and snowboard in the winter.

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