Olympus Visionary Trailblazer Frank Smith is a self-taught photographer whose love for the craft goes back to a very early age. Decades later, his passion for photography has yet to fade and he continues to perfect his skills.
As a philanthropic photojournalist and travel photographer, Smith’s raw travel covers global themes, shedding light on cultural issues including regional corruption in areas including South Sudan, Haiti and Mumbai. Smith has traveled to many parts of the world with a focus on people, landscape and cultures, telling a story through his photographs. A large focus for Smith has been India. For the past decade he has traveled to all 4 corners of India. Additional raw travel includes Atacama, Cuba, Bhutan, Iceland, Central America, Mongolia and Morocco.
A native Northeasterner, Smith often focuses his lens on national and regional scenery in the U.S., Smith’s work has been featured in the media, print, exhibits, and in philanthropic awareness campaigns.
Smith inspires others through his workshops, classes and mentoring. His goal is to help others see the un-obvious and to instill the desire for creativity.
In his presentation, “More than Saying Cheese,” Smith will talk about the fine art of photographing people. “My goal in shooting faces is to capture the culture and tell a story based on the imagery. I have been fortunate to photograph people all over the world and with each image the story may be slightly different,” said Smith. Photographing people is not the true art, the true art is convincing people to let him photograph them. Just like in any photograph, lighting is key and sometimes it takes a little persuasion and some kind words to get just the right shot. Smith will share his skills at defusing resistance, creating the shot, generating interest and sharing the image with the individual.
In his keynote address, Smith will be sharing his photography as a philanthropic photojournalist and an avid traveler who has experienced many parts of the world. “For the Love of It –the Gap between Vocation and Avocation” is a unique perspective on how Frank has managed to reignite his passion for photography over the past 20+ years. Frank is an Olympus Visionary Trailblazer using the micro four-thirds system with the OM-D EM-1 Mark II and EM-5 Mark II as his primary work horses. He also uses the Pen-F and the OM-D EM-10 for road travel and family events. Smith will share his transition back to photography and how he has developed his vision and his skills with both the camera equipment and his post processing.
Albert D. Horner is an award-winning fine-art photographer whose images distill the quiet beauty and intimate landscapes of New Jersey’s Pinelands National Reserve. Self-taught, he brings curiosity, patience and a practiced eye to his craft, recording the oak and pine forests, cedar swamps, meandering waterways and native wildflowers that make the “Pine Barrens” a place like no other. “Although the Pinelands does not have mountain peaks or lush valleys with babbling streams, it does have a beauty and uniqueness all its own,” says Horner.
Horner began taking 35mm photos as a hobby, working first in black and white and then in Kodachrome. Influenced by acclaimed landscape photographers Eliot Porter and Ansel Adams, he visited scenic locations in the United States and abroad, but wasn’t quite satisfied with the images he produced. Horner soon realized he needed a subject close at hand where he could monitor light and weather conditions in all seasons. For the Medford Lakes, N.J., resident that subject was the Garden State’s Pinelands, a place he had explored since childhood.
In the past decade, using digital photography, Horner has produced more than 150 stunning images taken in the Pinelands National Reserve, a region established in 1979 to protect 1.1 million acres of Southern New Jersey pinelands, the largest surviving open space from Maine to the Florida Everglades and home to a diverse ecological system that supports many threatened and endangered species of flora and fauna as well as the massive Kirkwood-Cohansey Aquifer. Some 80 of Horner’s evocative photographs appear in his 2015 monograph, “Pinelands: New Jersey’s Suburban Wilderness.” In her introduction to the book, Michele S. Byers, N.J. Conservation Foundation executive director, writes, “Albert Horner’s photographic essay is an invitation to discover, explore and fall in love with the Pine Barrens. His photos capture the essence of its beauty and mystery, and will undoubtedly encourage new visitors to adopt the Pine Barrens as their own intimate wild haven.”
A Pinelands Preservation Alliance (PPA) board member and a volunteer at Wharton State Forest, Horner uses his art to advocate for conserving the ecologically important region. He exhibits his work in local galleries and in self-produced shows, and gives presentations on the Pinelands, enriched by his intimate landscapes and first-hand knowledge of the region.
PPA Executive Director Carleton Montgomery writes of Horner, “…his work helps people understand why the New Jersey Pine Barrens is so valuable, and so vulnerable.” Adds Horner, “My greatest dream is to capture the beauty of the Pinelands and, then, have those images help preserve it.” For more information on Horner’s work, visit: www.pinelandsimagery.com.
Mollie Isaacs is a professional photographer and experienced teacher. Her specialties include nature, wildlife, macro, and abstracts, as well as portraits. In her early photographic career she studied with Ansel Adams and Joyce Tenneson. She has photographed many famous faces, including Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, jazz musician Wynton Marsalis, actress Meryl Streep, and actor Gary Busey. Mollie is a 15-time winner of the prestigious Kodak Gallery Award, considered by many to be the “Oscar” of photography. Her work is displayed as part of the Permanent Collection of the International Photography Hall of Fame. She has also had images on display at Epcot Center in Disney World, and Grand Central Station in New York City.
ABSTRACTS WITH IMPACT – Abstract photography is a world unto itself. While it revolves around any and all subjects, it reveals them in a completely different light. It goes beyond the usual, the expected, the traditional. It can be one of the most exciting aspects of photography. It is a personal interpretation of the subject, not a literal view.
Abstracts create a feeling, an emotional response. They show the world as lines, shapes, colors, and textures, not as traditional form and substance.
This program will show you Before and After images to stimulate your creativity, and increase your understanding of abstracts and how to create them. It is filled with technical and creative tips, information on composition, and suggestions on how to think outside the box. This program will help you soar to new heights of creativity and enjoyment!