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Diana Souza presents Dallas Down Low
a photographic paean on the underside of the city
When art and awareness are the centrifugal force of attention – and a camera is bearing witness – expect enchantment and oddities to arise in equal proportion.
Diana Souza offers us a glimpse of an artist’s life seen from behind the camera lens. Her repertoire as a visual communicator has revolved around a lifelong career in graphic design and illustration – using a camera as one of her primary creative tools to communicate, elucidate and illuminate both public and private perspectives.
Currently, she is an adjunct instructor at the Art Institute of Dallas, where she teaches design and photography with a special emphasis on non-profit branding and mass market publishing. She has worked as a leader and innovator on creative teams in New York, New Orleans and Dallas, and holds a BFA in Communications Arts from the University of North Texas and an MFA in Arts and Technology from the University of Texas.
Dallas is a city where developers rule and wealth leads a parade of bulldozers to sanitize the old with the new. Quirkiness, the patina of character and the aesthetic of decay are sacrificed in this stampede towards progress, and history gets erased in the homogenized invasion of modernity. Paradoxically, Dallas is a city that loves art, so its taste for glitz and glamour and its lack of appreciation for the inherent artfulness of everyday life seems oddly out of sync. Dallas Down Low is a collection of images that celebrate the creativity that spills outside the lines of Dallas' high profile facade. Visual artist and Dallas native Diana Souza offers evidence that the elements of design and the principles
of formal composition can be found not just in high places, but in low ones too. Dallas Down Low testifies that stories of unexpected lyricism hide in the most humble places – even in Dallas
The November Snapshots, Lightroom Basics, will be at 6:15, Nov 24th, in the room just down the hall from the PPC meeting room.
Just about any photograph can be improved with some basic global adjustments such as cropping, color temperature, exposure, contrast, and saturation. Dennis Fritsche will demonstrate using the Lightroom Develop Module to make these global adjustments. And as an added bonus, Dennis will show how to use the local adjustment tools to emphasize your subject and de-emphasize problem areas.
The November contest is open for submissions.
The theme for this contest is “Negative Space.” Entries must be uploaded to the PPC Competition Site before midnight November 30. Each club member may submit one image. For help in understanding the contest theme, please download this PDF document: Description of Competition Subjects. Entries must be uploaded to the PPC Competition Site before midnight June 30. Each club member may submit one image.
The maximum width for images submitted to the contest is 1400 pixels. The limit on the height of the image is 1050 pixels.
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For the GSCCC contest year 2013-2014, which ended in April, the PPC received the following awards in the three Projected Digital divisions in which it competes:
Pictorial: 1st Place
Nature: 3rd Place
Photojournalism: 5th Place
In the year-end competition, the PPC received the following recognitions:
Pictorial: 1st Place Chris Caho “Make My Day”
Pictorial: 1st HM Ernie Tacsik “Economic Pressure”
Nature: 1st HM Ron Hasty “Cold and Alone”
Photojournalism: 2nd HM Dennis Fritsche “Home Stretch”
The following are the PPC wins for the new, 2014-15 club year, to date:
In the May GSCCC Nature Projected Digital competition, Ron Hasty’s “Alaskan Brown Bear With Catch” received First Place.
Alaskan Brown Bear With Catch ©/Ron Hasty
In the June GSCCC Photojournalism Projected Digital Competition, John Lehman’s “The Blacksmith” received First Place.
The Blacksmith ©John Lehman
In the June GSCCC Pictorial Projected Digital competition, Marea Downey’s “Sunset Over the Sea” received Third Place.
Sunset Over the Sea ©Marea Downey
In the August GSCCC Photojournalism Projected Digital Competition, Larry Petterborg’s “Socotra Fisherman Casting Net” received Third Place.
Socotra Fisherman Casting Net ©Larry Petterborg
In the August GSCCC Pictorial Projected Digital competition, Sharlott Hasty’s “Mother and Baby in the Snow” received Third Place.
Mother and Baby in the Snow ©Sharlott Hasty
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The Plano Photography Club website received a 3nd Place in the
2014 PSA Website Contest.
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