Virgin River Valley by Chuck Farmer

May 19, 2017 – At the next Nevada County Camera Club meeting on May 22, local resident and professional photographer, Chuck Farmer will share his black and white fine art photographs taken with large format cameras, in the tradition of those used by Ansell Adams and Edward Weston. “I use a large format camera. I’m considered a dinosaur these days, because I use 5×7 and 8×10 inch film. With these cameras, I can be more creative, more thoughtful about the exposure and the composition to get the exact photograph I want,” said Farmer. “Using this type of camera is very pleasing as it slows down the process and makes one think about every aspect of the photograph,” he continued. During the first part of his presentation, Farmer will highlight his black and white photographs, sharing the backstory and titles as to why he took the photos and the story they tell. He will also display some of his digitally produced color abstracts and discuss why or when to use color vs. black and white.

With a degree in Topographical Engineering, Farmer began his serious study of photography 40 years ago. His photos have appeared in a host of photography and general interest magazines, newspapers and in countless exhibitions. A highlight of his career was the publishing of two collector edition portfolios, acquired by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Combining his engineering and photography background, he has worked with a number of view camera builders to improve their cameras and assisted a variety of darkroom chemical and equipment fabricators, optical engineers, and others desiring special equipment. He has served as a guest lecturer at Brooks Institute of Photography and now offers workshops throughout the US on large format photography. One of his most noteworthy photography adventures was ascending to the top of Mount Whitney with his 8×10 camera. It was the first time a camera of that size had been taken to the top.

Currently, Farmer has his business, Charles P Farmer Photography and Large Format Consulting Services in Grass Valley and continues his art. The presentation is open to the public. First time guests are free.

During the second half of the meeting, camera club members will showcase their photos for critique. Categories for submitted photos include: Black and White; Color; Nature-Landscapes; Nature – Wildlife; Travel; Technical; Photojournalism; People; Creative Interpretation; and the monthly feature, “Windows”.

Meeting: Monday, May 22, from 6:15 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Unity in the Gold Country Spiritual Center, 180 Cambridge Court, Grass Valley

Membership: The public is welcome and there is no cost for first time guests.

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