“Creative Challenge” is the topic for the Ojai Photography Community’s upcoming event, featuring Santa Barbara based fine art photographer Joyce Wilson. The free event will be held on Tuesday, November 19, at 7 p.m. in Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 W. Santa Ana St., Ojai. The general public is invited to attend. Wilson has successfully made the transition from the constraints of commercial photography to the freedom and creativity of fine art. She will reveal the practices that allowed her to straddle the fence into a new artistic vision. Visitors will learn how to take their creativity to the next level through her insights into the steps of becoming an artist and seeing beyond the ordinary. A master of alternative processes, she will discuss what is available today and share her love of combining traditional methods with the endless possibilities of digital technology. “I am passionate about alternative processes,” Wilson says, “and blend old world and contemporary technology to enhance and alter the photographic image to a subtler art form.” Using her camera as a “sketchbook,” she works with a variety of techniques including collage, encaustic wax and the nineteenth century arts of bromoil and photogravure etching.
The Ojai Photography Community welcomes master photographer and educator Christopher Broughton, presenting “Approaches to Street Photography” on Tuesday, September 17, at 7 p.m. in Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 W. Santa Ana St., Ojai CA. The general public is invited to attend this free event.
In his presentation he will share his extensive experience in this genre, breaking down his practice into fifteen key approaches that can be applied to any street from Ojai Avenue to the Champs Élysées.
Broughton will illustrate his talk with a selection of his powerful photographs from the streets of Paris. Visitors will also learn some basic elements that every street photographer needs to know: the best photographic tools, the ethics of the street, and how to find your individual “voice” as a photographer.
A nationally and internationally exhibited photographer, Broughton’s work is in the permanent collections of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Toledo Museum of Art, the Crocker Art Museum, and the Quincy Art Center.
For further information on Broughton, visit: https://www.christopherbroughton.com
The Ojai Photography Community, which is devoted to inspiration, camaraderie and education, meets on the third Tuesday of each month, February – November. Monthly free presentations are part of the group’s community service and education outreach. www.ojaiphotographycommunity.com
The Ojai Photography Community welcomes Ventura based photographer, Briana Diamond, who will present “Riders of Waves, Mermaids and Milkmaids.” Do mermaids really exist? To find out, visit Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 W. Santa Ana St., Ojai, CA, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16. The OPC invites the public to this free event
Diamond’s presentation will take the audience over and under the ocean waves and into the starry skies with images of surfers, mermaids, and the Milky Way.
An emerging young photographer, Diamond graduated from Brooks Institute in 2014 with a degree in Visual Journalism. She works in multiple commercial fields, with a versatility ranging from still photography to videography, social media directing to video production, wedding photography to catalog photo shoots.
Growing up in Southern California, Diamond began surfing at the age of seven and exploring photography in her backyard around the same time. At the age of eight, she found her career path; she recalls: “I still remember the day I was at the grocery with my mom when I was eight years old and saw my first Surfer magazine. I couldn’t believe that you can mix both passions into a career – surfing and photographing! I was mind blown and immediately started taking photos on land of surfers.” Pursuing her twin passions with single-minded purpose, she chose independent study in high school and at the age of sixteen was mentored by a photographer with National Geographic.
At Brooks Institute, Diamond finally zeroed in on her major artistic focus. She studied underwater photography with top nature photographer, Ralph Clevenger, and discovered her true calling. “We learned all about photographing and even editing images on water and underwater,” she says. “I was in heaven – this is where I belong – in the water.”
For more of Diamond’s images, go to https://brianadiamond.photoshelter.com/about/index
The Ojai Photography Community, which is devoted to inspiration, camaraderie and education, meets on the third Tuesday of each month, February – November. Monthly free presentations are part of the group’s community service and education outreach. http://www.ojaiphotographycommunity.com/index.html