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June 2017 Program Meeting
June 14 @ 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Focus Program Meeting – Presentation by Mark Osler on Storytelling in Your Photography
Learning the tools of photography – camera equipment and photo editing software – are important to the craft of photography, but that knowledge can’t take you any further than trying to learn how to play the piano by learning how to tune the piano and which keys correspond to which notes, or which key combinations make which chords.
Photography is, at its core, a medium of expression, exploration and sharing. As such, what matters most is having some feeling about the world in which you circulate, a sense of curiosity (both childlike and mature) about that world, and an audience to present your work to.
For this month’s program, Mark will talk about those qualities and how use storytelling and intent to improve your work and expand yourself as a photographer and visual communicator.
Mark Osler fell into professional photography by signing up for the wrong class at the Maine Photographic Workshops. Since that fateful mistake, he has worked at 9 different newspapers across the country – from small to large – finishing up his newspaper career with a 7-year stint as photo editor at the Rocky Mountain News.
Mark has earned over 30 awards from most of the major annual photojournalism contests with his still photography, multimedia productions and picture editing. In 2002, Mark and his staff at the Rocky Mtn News earned the 2003 Pulitzer prize for breaking news photography for their diverse coverage of the multiple wildfires that ravaged Colorado in 2002.
For the past 10 years, Mark has worked independently, continuing to do journalism work, along with portraiture and other storytelling photography (business, weddings, travel, etc.). He has been a teacher at the Art Institute of Colorado, and also leads his own workshops, ranging from introductory to weeklong intensives and individual mentoring. With the broad variety of work Mark has done thru the years, his favorite subject continues to be his family, particularly his two teenage children – Ryan and Colleen.