The Island Art Association Photography Group (IAAPG), originally founded by Bill Raser with help from Pat Hocks, met on the third Thursday of September full of promise and excitement with new leadership and many new members. The full house of eager photography enthusiasts, both professional and amateur, included organization former coordinators Scott and Donna Moore and new IAAPG leader, Jimmie Stone. The casual meeting opened with group members sharing original photographs of a variety of subjects and locations, engendering an engaging conversation with many in the audience actively participating.
The fast-paced meeting soon moved to the evenings guest presenter and IAAPG member Jim Ekstrom covering his photo safari to the wilds of Nairobi. Jim came with a laptop computer full of dozens of photographs taken over the seventeen-day once in a lifetime opportunity to see, photograph, and to learn up close and personal about the wildlife that most of us will only view in a zoo. The photos, each one more dramatic than the one before, were accompanied by an entertaining and informative dialogue from Jim which also included a wonderfully wry sense of humor. As he spoke, Jim would periodically share how he captured the photo and the camera equipment deployed. The humor came in handy as Jim faced down a bull elephant which had decided to feed yards away from his tent and when the open-air land cruiser stopped feet away from a beautiful, but lethal cheetah. The photos of lions, rhinos, elephants, wildebeests, zebras, and Jim’s favorites, giraffes were spectacular and unique. The images were wonderfully composed and each came with an interesting back-story. Perhaps one of the best antidotes from Jim was his description and photos of the five-star food and camping accommodations he experienced during the safari. The luxury tents, designed for two people, were made even better for Jim when the second occupant scheduled to share the tent had to cancel at the last minute. Though each of Jim’s photos was dramatically compelling in their own way, it was his final photograph of a zebra which capped an all too brief photo-outline of his amazing journey. This was an award-winning image worthy of a National Geographic cover story.
Thanks to Jim Ekstrom for such an entertaining, informative,
and humor-filled presentation and for sharing his beautiful photographs with the other IAAPG members. Thanks, also, to the great questions and comments from the fully engaged audience.
The IAAPG meets again the third Thursday of the month,
October 17th, 7:00 PM, at the Island Art Association’s downtown
Fernandina Beach 2nd Street building with the promise of another
rapid-paced and fun evening. We’d love to have you join us!