The Photography Committee furthers the knowledge and love of gardening and the natural landscape through photography. The Committee aims to foster interest in photography in the Club through encouraging participation in unjudged club photography shows and GCA Flower Shows, organizing photography field trips, suggesting photography workshops and resources, and documenting Club events. In addition, the Committee encourages member submissions to FOCUS magazine and the GCA Bulletin. To get involved in Club photography events, contact Carrie Polk.
Photography Committee Activities
Our Photography Shows have included the 2019 GCA Zone XI Meeting Flower Show, The Flowering of St. Louis, featuring photographs celebrating Gateways, Great Rivers, Discovery and Horizons. In addition, the committee has held Unjudged Club Shows with themes such as Seasons of Wonder, The Summer of Love and America the Beautiful. During the quarantine of 2020, the Photography Committee organized a virtual garden share, In the Garden, for members to find a sense of calm and joy while feeling a sense of connection and support. In the Garden was shared in full as an online slideshow and via instagram hashtag #gcslathometogether.
Photography Field Trips have been organized to learn more about important botanical photographs and works on paper, including close up look of a curated selection of botanical photographs at the St. Louis Art Museum Study Room. In addition, members enjoyed a private tour at the St. Louis Mercantile Library of the Audubon Exhibition which included prints of Francois Michaux, “who gave North America the first botanical key to its trees producing some of the most beautiful natural plates ever appearing in printed book.” These prints predated nature photography and more or less inspired it. The Committee also sponsored field trips to the William Shearburn Gallery to meet and view shows of local photographers Michael Eastman, (Derivation, Trees of Forest Park) and Andrew Milner, (Flowers from the Rose Bowl Parade).
In addition, the Photography Committee has documented club meetings and events, which are posted in the photo archive section of the website. They also contribute regularly to the Grapevine with photographs, information about photography and book recommendations as they relate to photography and the garden.
Members are encouraged to use the photography resources offered on the GCA website and share photographs anytime on the Instagram platform celebrating the natural world. See Instagram hashtag #gcsl1916
◆ The GCA Website offers dates and instruction on how to enter upcoming GCA Flower Shows, GCA workshops, Photography tips, and FOCUS magazine submission information.
◆ Click HERE for a collection of Missouri wildflower photos.