Photo Competition with Jan Lightfoot
The Zoom portal opens at 6 pm and the meeting starts at 6:30.
Categories: Pictorial, Nature, Travel, Monochrome, and Critique/Feedback
About the Judge: Jan Lightfoot
My love of photography began in the fourth grade with my Brownie camera during a field trip to a California Mission. Capturing pictures on film, taking it to the drugstore and two weeks later, picking up twelve blurry black and white photos with ragged edges was thrilling. Now, retired after 18 years of self-employment, photography continues to fascinate me and has naturally evolved into my passion. It has helped to define who I am today. Although never formally trained, I have always been involved with photography in one form or another. Transitioning from my own darkroom in high school, I joined the Idaho Statesman newspaper photography staff, and worked in custom color printing labs both in Idaho and California. Later I became a Certified Photographic Counselor through PMA and manager of Wentling’s Camera in Walnut Creek, CA while raising my two daughters. In 2012, I had my first solo gallery showing at Viewpoint Photographic Gallery in Sacramento, CA and have received numerous awards through competitions and juried shows. Currently, I am the Organizer for Exploring Photography, an online photography Meetup group with nearly 900 members. I am also a member of the Sierra Camera Club and the Gold Rush Chapter of PSA. I have also been a judge for the 2013 Gold Rush International Exhibition in Sacramento and will be judging Nature at the San Joaquin International in March of 2015. Examples of my photographic portfolios can be seen at www.janlightfoot.com
My own images tend to reflect a long association with classic and traditional compositions, having adopted a ‘less is more’ vision. I try to incorporate this philosophy into practically everything I shoot. Searching for the essence of the subject, for that ephemeral quality that is not always obvious, is what I strive to capture; and in doing so, to create that connection with the viewer that touches them emotionally. Based on this philosophy, I have had occasions to provide critiques and/or mentoring for photographers, which I usually do one-on-one. My philosophy has always been to provide the maker of an image with honest, positive feedback. I stress the importance that a critical, yet constructive analysis can be a valuable tool to learn to see creatively, build a portfolio, or acquire a better understanding of photography. My ultimate goal in judging is to help other photographers find expression through their own style of photography.