Camp Geiger 1864 – The Changing Face of War Photo Shoot – Saturday, May 31st

Whitehall Parkway
Whitehall, PA

This civil war reenactment is a great opportunity to take pictures. It is an all day event, so check their schedule to see what activities you want to take pictures of. Every year, there is something different.
We provide Camp Geiger with a CD of images after the event.

The 7th annual Lehigh Valley Civil War Days (also known as Camp Geiger) will be held from May 30th through June 1st. The weekend will include a battle reenactment each day (one of which will honor the 96th PVI, a local unit) fighting in Petersburg like trenches and a tactical. The Living History Street has medical demonstrations, Lady’s Aid and fashion displays, children’s games and much more. There will also be Artillery and Cavalry demonstrations. You can win a dessert at the cakewalk. There will be a Saturday evening concert followed by artillery night firing.

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum – Saturday, May 24, 2014

8601 Lindbergh Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19153
215 365-3118

We will meet at the visitor center at 8:30 a.m.
The main entrance to the Refuge at 86th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard in Southwest Philadelphia provides access to the Visitor Center, foot trails, fishing, and wildlife observation platform. Refuge trails are open every day of the year from sunrise to sunset, free of charge. The Visitor Center is open daily from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

Jane Ammon Gallery Show at Studio B in Boyertown, PA

Information for Jane’s Gallery Show “The Clothes They Came To Us In” at Studio B in Boyertown, PA can be found here:

Inspired by her daughter, Madeline, who is adopted from China, Jane has photographed over 20+ children who have been adopted internationally with the clothes they came to their parents in.

The show opens Friday, May 16 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm and runs until June 15th.

May 2014 Meeting – speaker Ed Vatza

On May 15th, 2014 at 7pm at the Banana Factory, LVPC member Ed Vatza will be presenting “Street Photography – From Candid to Portrait” .

Ed Vatza’s Biography

Ed Vatza is a Lehigh Valley-based photographer who decided several years ago to apply his creative and technical skills honed as a landscape/outdoor/nature photographer to the exciting yet challenging genre of street photography. Motivated by the work of the many street photographers that have preceded him, Ed felt the need and desire to bring tighter compositional elements learned as a landscape photographer into his street photography while maintaining the spontaneity seen in much of the “shoot from the hip” or “in your face” style of work. Ed sees his street work as evolving more in the style of Henri Cartier-Bresson than Bruce Gilden.

Ed is currently working on several street photography projects that all fit under the larger umbrella of his “Alone Among Millions” project which features people seemingly isolated, either by choice or by chance, from the teeming metropolis surrounding them.  These smaller sub-projects include “Portraits from the Street” which includes close-ups of people Ed has met while wondering the streets of New York and “This Is My Story” which features people from the streets along with the signs on which they share their stories.

Ed Vatza holds degrees in Psychology from Moravian College and Lehigh University, both in Bethlehem, PA, and has worked in advertising and marketing at both advertising agencies and in the private sector.

Ed’s work has recently been exhibited in the following galleries and exhibits:

  • The James A Michener Art Museum – Doylestown, PA (April 2015 – July 2015)
  • Lehigh University Art Galley – Bethlehem, PA (Virtual Gallery Exhibit Oct-Dec 2013)
  • The Red Filter Gallery – Lambertville, NJ (2013)
  • InVision Pennsylvania Photographers Juried Exhibition – Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA (2012, 2013)
  • ArtsQuest Juried Members Exhibition – Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA (2013, 2012, 2011)

 Ed Vatza Artist Statement
I am a wonderer, a wanderer and an inveterate people watcher.
Maybe it comes from being somewhat introverted, but I would rather observe the people around me than have to interact with them.
My camera affords me the opportunity to be intimate with strangers while maintaining my introverted cloak of invisibility.
“Alone Among Millions” not only describes the people I photograph,
it also describes me… the man behind the camera.

Ed’s presentation “Street Photography – From Candid to Portrait” delves into all aspects of street photography including what is often referred to as urban photography which treats the streets and buildings as the subject material rather than the people to more classic street photography which focuses on candid shots of people out on the streets and in other public places just being themselves. And Ed has taken classic street photography one step further with his “Portraits from the Street” project which he has been working on for more than two years and which will be featured in his 2015 exhibition at the Michener Museum. With “Portraits from the Street”, Ed aims to bring the viewer up close and personal to the people of the streets of New York City… people who are there every day but rarely seen as we pass them without a glance.

In his presentation, Ed shares some of his tips for capturing candid street photographs as well as approaching strangers on the street and getting a portrait as well as examples of both.

Alburtis’ Lockridge May Festival – Sunday, May 4th

525 Franklin Street
Alburtis, PA 18011

Once again we will be participating in the Alburtis’ Lockridge May Festival from 12:00 – 4 pm.
We will be able to sell our photographs and display information about the club. There is no charge to the LVPC for the booth, but they ask that 15% of anything sold be donated back to the Alburtis Revitalization Group – for their community revitalization projects. We did not participate last year because it was on Mother’s Day. There are many photo opportunities and it is also provides everyone an opportunity to get to know the other LVPC members.