FAP:O 1.07 – Filling the vacuum

  • Date: Thursday, June 13th, 2013, 7:00- 9pm
  • Place: Blue Bird Coffee
  • Speaker: None. Jake Morrison started with an introduction
  • Continuation of discussion about the “vacuum” for fine art photography in Ottawa.
  • Recording: FAP:O #7 (by Mike Vuckovic)
  • Handout: A proposal for an online magazine.

Jake started with an introduction drawn from Michele Wozny’s transcription of last month’s session and his own experience.

  1. Festival X
    1. THE main player in the space of making fine art photography important in Ottawa
    2. Stressed to get it done each two years
  2. Building on the Karsh Legacy
  3. Create a “conversation” – artists need to articulate their vision and engage with other artists and with interested public about it. Few artists ARE articulate about their vision so skills training and encouragement would be central.
    1. Encouragement
      1. FAP:O itself
      2. Online magazine project – handout of a class project in designing a magazine
      3. Michael Vuckovic’s photokibitz.com, where photographers talk about their work

Further discussion focused on


  1. Events to hook up with
    1. Festival X
    2. Nuit Blanche
  2. Venues for display
    1. Galleries
    2. Restaurants
    3. Street
  3. Events to create
    1. Street pop-up
    2. multi-venue festival in a small area of the city
    3. A grouping of photo artists by their expressed theme for group display a la London’s “Spectrum” photo exibit a few decades back.

FAP:O 1.06 – with Michael Tardioli

  • Date: Wednesday, May 8th, 2013, 6:30 – 9pm
  • Place: Pressed Urban Gourmet Sandwich Shop
  • Speaker: Michael Tardioli
  • History of SPAO and why analogue photography remains central to its vision.
  • Recording: FAP:O #6 (by Mike Vuckovic)
  • Transcript: Discussion (by Michele Wozny and Jake Morrison)

Michael gave us a short history of Michael Tardioli, photographer, as that led to the opening of SPAO.

He then talked about how SPAO continues with its wet darkroom and large format film camera curriculum because it

  • offers large format at a reasonable price
  • large format offers a different view of the world than 35mm

Discussion centered on


  • SPAO students not getting a chance to learn digital printmaking
  • the “vacuum” (Louis Helbig’s word) that exists in Ottawa around fine art photography .

FAP:O 1.04 – with Louis Helbig

  • Date: March 11, 2013, 7pm
  • Place: Pressed Urban Gourmet Sandwich Shop
  • Speaker: Louis Helbig
  • Topic: Using the example of two of his projects, Beautiful Destruction (about the Alberta Oil/Tar Sands) and Sunken Villages (about the aftermath of the St Lawrence Seaway) artist and aerial photographer Louis Helbig discussed art for its own sake and as a means to unpack and understand contemporary issues using that most important and potent faculty – our imagination.
  • Recording:  FAP:O #4 (by Mike Vuckovic)

FAP:O 1.01 – with Jim Lamont

  • Date: December 7th, 2012, 7pm
  • Place: Pressed Urban Gourmet Sandwich Shop
  • Speaker: Jim Lamont
  • Topic: Size Matters, a presentation of the issues around image content, print size and the logistics of print size.
  • Recording: FAP:O #1 (by Mike Vuckovic)

About 15 – 20 people came to this inaugural meeting of FAP:O. Jim spoke and presented example prints. A lively discussion followed. EXACTLY what I had hoped for!

FAP:O 1.05 – show and tell

  • Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 6:30pm
  • Place: Pressed Urban Gourmet Sandwich Shop
  • Speaker: None. Show and tell
  • Topic: Three members brought something to show.
  • Recording: none made

Jake Morrison started by showing his recent projects in presenting the images from his cubist photography efforts, a home-made lightbox and minimalist stainless steel frames for transparencies..

Maureena Kokotailo brought prints united by a feeling of place and asked the question: What makes you take a photograph?


Michael Vukovic showed his prints of old Montreal.

FAP:O 1.02 – with Jake Morrison

a presenteation of work inspired by David Hockney’s wonderful complication of photography in the early 1980s

  • Date: January 14th, 2013, 7pm
  • Place: Pressed Urban Gourmet Sandwich Shop
  • Speaker: Jake Morrison
  • Topic: Cubist Photography, a presenteation of work inspired by David Hockney’s wonderful complication of photography in the early 1980s.
  • Recording: FAP:O #2 (by Mike Vuckovic)

I so much enjoyed putting this work out there. Most valuable for me were the suggestions of interesting things to do with the work.