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Local Photographers To Critique 'Odd Pairings'


Last updated 11/2/2020 at 4:18pm

This mannequin face in the trash photo was taken by Janet Saucier.

Photography critiques continue to be very popular because they allow local photographers to exhibit their fine artwork and learn from the comprehensive appraisal of their work by experienced professionals. Non-contributors are given the opportunity to view excellent examples of local fine photography and pick up a photo skill or two. On Thursday, Nov. 19, from 7 to 9 p.m. the Land of Waterfalls Camera Club meeting will feature well known photographers and educators Les Saucier and Janet Garrity Saucier critiquing images with the intriguing theme "Odd Pairings."

As member photo-graphs are presented, without revealing the name of the photographer, the Sauciers will offer their feedback on each photograph's composition, lighting, clarity, creativity and how well the image conveys the theme "Odd Pairings."

"When we teach a photo workshop, we always include critiques of participants' images," said Les Saucier. "We have frequently been told that it's during the critiques that the students learn more about being a better photographer than any other time during the workshop."

The Sauciers' approach to the critique of an image is to first see the photo as a viewer, not as an experienced photographer. Their reason is that in order to become a better photographer, one needs to understand how the viewer sees in order to create photographs that capture and hold the viewer's attention. After receiving feedback on the image's impact from a viewer's perspective, the Sauciers will comment on the technical aspects of the photograph.

"I'm handicapped as a photographer to grow in my understanding of what makes for a better image if I don't receive constructive feedback," Janet Saucier said. "Given the word 'critique' makes us think of criticism, people often shy away from putting their work out there for others to comment on. Les and I critique with teaching in mind and with helping the photographer to become better at the art of seeing."

Les Saucier has been a professional photographer for more than 30 years and a teacher of nature photography. He became a permanent resident of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina 20 years ago. Les, who also has a master's in field biology, is the inventor of the infamous Macro FlowerPo, which the Sauciers sell to customers in the U.S. and around the world.

Les Saucier took this pig and meat "Odd Pairing" photo.

Janet Garrity Saucier began her professional photography career with her book "Goin' Down the River, Fish Camps of the Sea Islands," published in 2012, while she lived in Beaufort, S.C. Though fairly new to Western North Carolina when she moved here in 2017 after marrying Les, Janet had "the mountains" in her heart at a young age. Spending summers at her family camp in the Adirondack Mountains of New York state since birth, the sense of home was immediate when she first visited Brevard and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

In addition to being photographers and workshop teachers, the Sauciers also authored the photographic book "Mountain Blue," published in 2018. Filled with both of their photos as well as writings about the mountains, the book is a celebration of the beauty and grandeur of America.

This meeting is open to the public and will be live online with Zoom. Participants are encouraged to sign in at least 10 minutes early (6:50 p.m.) to check their connections and settings. Non-member guests are encouraged to go to [email protected] a day or two beforehand for an invitation and access information.


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