Happy New Year…another chapter of discussions is finished, onward to the next! That’s one way that I have measured passing time, but if you ask me what the last 4 Little Gallery discussions were about, I’d be hard-
I have a complete document of our monthly discussions going back 7 or 8 years (since I started keeping the list). I began doing them at Hofstra University, after Marty Hochberg left our fold. I always loved and looked forward to Marty’s discussion sessions, which were, like today, about a half hour long…the opening act for our critique sessions. Marty would post a quote from a celebrated person, usually a photographer, and often added large and handsomely printed reproductions of classic or contemporary photographs that related to the quote. When I took over the facilitation of the discussions, I remember wearing a shirt like Marty’s (a black pin-
What was the first discussion topic on my ledger?: “What are the factors that make your photos “good.” The discussion ended up with varied answers: “personal taste, cultural trends, universal aesthetics, the communicative power of the art.” The follow-
The topic the next month (70 discussions ago) was “ Will photography always be a lesser medium than painting?” It seems like we just had these discussions yesterday.
And that is how we have rolled over the last 7 1/2 years. Our evenings, after a full day of life, are always boosted at 7pm, when voices chime in over a stimulating volley of agreement and disagreement.
The next discussion will be February 13. The topic? “How does your mate feel about your photographic obsession?” We pause, first, in January for our annual general membership meeting. See you then!