This exhibit by members of the Homewood Photo Collective is an attempt to represent, in diverse ways, a response to our changing world. In lieu of a traditional exhibit, this year we did a window display and had a virtual option (the gallery itself is pretty small, trying to keep socially distant is challenging, to say the least). Each photographer had three prints on view in the windows, all printed on 16×20 paper. We also had an artist talk via Zoom which the public was invited to participate in. As they say, necessity is the mother of invention, and Covid forced a new interpretation of our exhibit. The response was very positive, I think we might even have a few new members joining our little photo family.
Each photographer created images based on the concept of “Climate of Change” and the final photos spanned a vast variety of concepts (climate, political, etc.) The primary image that I wanted to use for the exhibit is my Barbies of Trek. When I think of Climate of Change, I think of the ideals espoused by Star Trek:
“Star Trek was an attempt to say that humanity will reach maturity and wisdom on the day that it begins not just to tolerate, but take a special delight in differences in ideas and differences in life forms. If we cannot learn to actually enjoy those small differences, to take a positive delight in those small differences between our own kind, here on this planet, then we do not deserve to go out into space and meet the diversity that is almost certainly out there.”Gene Roddenberry
I’ve been a member of the Homewood Photo Collective for a few years now. It’s run by my former instructor and mentor Jack Mader and fellow MCTC PHDI alum, Todd Donery. We meet the first Wednesday of the month. Due to Covid, we have been meeting via Zoom instead of in person. The photographers in the group have a wide variety of skills, styles, etc. We look at images, sometimes participate in photographic challenges, and often answer technical questions that come up during our conversations. I always leave the meetings feeling inspired.