8:00 am Welcome and Introduction to the Conference
Chris Wood, Photography Committee Chairman
Shelley Galloway, Photography Committee Vice Chairman
8:10 am Michael Forsberg
“Finding Home in Flyover Country: A Photographer’s Journey”
Mike is an acclaimed conservation photographer, and was the first recipient, in 2020, of the GCA’s J. Sherman Chalmers Medal for outstanding achievement in the field of photography and/or photography education. A resident of Nebraska, he has dedicated his professional life to photographing the Great Plains, and to fighting for the conservation of this vast and underappreciated ecosystem. His images have been featured in numerous publications, and are in private and public collections around the globe. He has authored two photography books on the Great Plains, and most recently his work documenting the Platte Basin watershed was the basis for the 2019 PBS documentary “Follow the Water”.
9:05 am Sal Taylor Kydd
In this presentation, Sal Taylor Kydd will talk about the inspiration she derives from the natural world in her writing, books and photography. Originally from the UK, Sal is a photographer and poet who weaves her work together to create projects that explore themes of memory and personal history. Sal’s work draws strongly on the landscape, focusing on her home, family and herself in conversation with the natural world. Her images have been exhibited across the globe, and her books are in numerous private and museum collections. She teaches at Maine Media Workshops and College in Rockport, Maine.
9:35 am Laura Simpson
“Creating Painterly Effects on Your Smartphone or Tablet”
Laura is a member of the Lake Geneva Garden Club, Zone XI, and an Approved GCA Photography Judge. A retired teacher, she presents often to GCA clubs and has won numerous awards over the years for her photographs, including 7 Creativity Awards, 5 Best in Shows, and 3 Certificates of Excellence. Laura has a strong interest in oil painting, botanical photography, and digital technology. She especially enjoys exploring post-processing techniques using Lightroom, Photoshop, and smartphone apps. A gifted teacher, she will share with us her secrets for creating beautiful art on our handheld devices.