The Fair is almost over now and the Photography Exhibit couldn’t have turned out much better.
We’ve received many compliments from the public and from the fair staff.
Quite a few things worked in our favor this year. The most significant was our move from the Poppy Pavillion, which we shared with other exhibits, into the Van Dam Legacy Hall, where the whole building was just for photography.
The building dÃ©cor was much more attractive, and the lighting, though still not perfect, was much better than our previous location.
Our Decorating Committee came up with a plan that complimented the dÃ©cor, reflected more light around the room, and simply made the whole exhibit look elegant.
The refrigerated air conditioning kept us quite comfortable, OK maybe a bit cold at times, but this is the first year that we didn’t have a large number of prints delaminating because of the humidity. This made our Exhibit Monitors jobs easier.
The extra square footage that our new location provides, enabled us to not only hang 500 more prints than last year, but we were able to set aside space to set the groundwork for the new Digital Division which is planned to begin next year. We had almost given up hope for beginning a Digital Division due to numerous obstacles, including space for a viewing area, until our move to the Van Dam came about.
Many of our members spent some long hours and a lot of hard work to get everything done in time for the Fair. I tallied up our time as closely as I could and came up with over 1200 man-hours contributed by our members and friends. That’s a huge effort put forth by our club.
Some of our newer members who were involved this year, for the first time, indicated that this was a really good opportunity to get to know the other members and to feel like they’re a part of the club.
All of our effort has really paid off though.
We’ve made friends, introduced our club to many more prospective members, promoted photography and set the groundwork for next year’s planned new Digital Division.
I think we’ve also shown the fair staff that photography is not only rapidly growing, but evolving into a new direction, and that we’re doing the right things to keep up with the changes.
I want to thank everyone who contributed their time and effort to make this happen. You all did a great job and should be proud of how it turned out.
If you didn't get a chance to go to the AV Fair and view all the winning entries here's your chance.
All winning entries (over 500 Pictures)
In-work photos by John Shedrick