"China: Images from a Nation in Transition"
by William Barnett, MPSA, MNEC
Monday, May 18, 7:30 PM
This presentation for the last Monday program meeting of the year is one you voted on and will take us on a wonderful journey through the exotic, yet in some areas very modern, country of China.
Our Speaker has had the privilege of visiting China three times, the first in 1980 and then again in 2012 and 2014. Because the first and last visits were 34 years apart he was able to observe first hand many of the changes that took place in that country. During this presentation we will: visit the cities and the countryside, see famous places, see performances, and watch the people as they work and play. About 300 still images and video clips were selected and combined with live narration, locally recorded sounds, and music to tell multimedia stories about China. In addition to Beijing and Shanghai he has had the privilege of visiting many rural areas, smaller cities, and some of the most beautiful locations in China.
Bill is a member of the Photographic society of America, the New Haven Camera Club, and the Connecticut association of Photographers and he is a member of the Executive Board of the New England Camera Club Council in charge of the Interclub Projected Image Competitions. He is a frequent lecturer and judge for camera clubs throughout New England. For his photographic skills and his work on behalf of the photographic community, he has received the distinction of Master from PSA-MPSA, Artiste from the Federation Internationale de Lart Photographique –AFIAP, and has been awarded the honor of Master Member by the New England Camera Club Council -MNEC. In PSA sanctioned International Exhibitions he holds a Diamond award in Projected Image’s and three Galaxy awards in Photo Travel. An active competitor he has also earned numerous awards in local and international competitions. Bill wrote his first feature article for the PSA Journal in 1983 followed by additional contributions over the years and his work was featured in a Distinctive Image article in the March 2014 issue of the Journal.
Our speaker shifted his picture taking from film to digital following a trip to Kenya in 2000 where he shot his last photographs on film. In the last few years he has been pursuing a hybrid approach to his photography where stills, video clips, and sound files are combined to create essays and travel presentations with more production values than is possible using only still photographs. Bill states he likes to combine photography with travel to interesting places.
Prior to the presentation we will have a short annual business meeting and the election of next year’s officers.