When I first moved to Newburyport in 2000, at the top of my to-do list was to seek out an organization that I could enmesh myself within that shared my love of photography. The initial catalyst in doing so was the Newburyport Art Association and the Photo Interest Group, or PHIG, as it known.
I immediately joined in and soon realized that the group was comprised of people from all walks of life, some young and some older, some bordering on professionalism and others just starting out – but all with the same focus (pun seriously intended): an intense love of the art of photography.
“Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art.” – Ansel Adams
Over the course of the ensuing years, I, along with others, improved our skills, learned new techniques and had some laughs along the way.
We were exposed to presentations by peers and experts on such topics as underwater and studio lighting, how to prepare artwork for juried exhibitions and many others. But for me, the most informative and helpful topic was the semi-regular critique sessions of an individual’s body of work.
From a personal perspective, the group challenged me to be a better photographer and to observe all that is around me at any particular time.
“The camera has always been a guide, and it’s allowed me to see things and focus on things that maybe an average person wouldn’t even notice.” – Don Chadwick
To witness firsthand what I mean, I encourage everyone to visit the Newburyport Art Association and attend the PHIG exhibition “Our View” running from July 15th through July 26. Even better: attend the reception on July 19th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM to meet the artists in person.
Former PHIG Moderator
Image credit: In the Weeds 2, photography by Jay McCarthy