Meeting Minutes: 11 October 2021

Our first inperson meeting since COVID hit!

The Brattleboro Camera Club held their monthly meeting at the Vermont Center for Photography at their new location at 10 Green St, Brattleboro, VT 05301. There were 11 members present.


First order of business:

Discussion of the fees for rental in the new location.

Everyone agreed new location is wonderful and we should continue to use VCP as our gathering place.

Discussion of Membership fee for the upcoming year.

Everyone agreed that membership fees would remain the same.

$25.00 per year for and individual membership

$30.00 per year for a family membership


Fred Smith a long time member and a past president of the Brattleboro Camera Club has passed away at the age of 90. The club sends the condolences to his friends and family.


Display and discussion of Members work:

Roger Turner presented several prints from members of the club and many digital prints were displayed and the artists discussed their work.


New Business:

1. We will resume the “Theme of the Month” photos. The monthly themes

for this year will be displayed on the web page.

2.We are looking to resume relationships with businesses to display our

members’ work.

3. John Taylor will be organizing an Open House for BCC in the month of


4. Several ideas for entertaining new members were presented. We hope

to re-instate some of our pre-covid events.

a. A photo walk

b. Workshops i.e., framing, lighting techniques, etc.

c. Guest speakers

4. NECC Image Inter-club Competitions:

Digital images were gathered submitted for the October deadline. Please check the web page “News and Announcements” for upcoming dates and results.

Thank you to Roger Turner.

Also, Thank you to Donald Miller for helping maintain our web site


Next Meeting: The theme for November: Wood


November 8, 2021 at 6:30 pm at the Vermont Center for Photography. Please bring your prints or submit your digital images.

Not quite minutes: May 2020

With the April meeting cancelled due to COVID-19 the club worked to continue programs online.


BCC has organized two online meetings for the month of May:

1]  Webinar - May 11th:

 Lisa Langell will be presenting her webinar on the topic, "12 Elements of Creating an Excellent Image".  Her presentation will begin at 6:30.  To be a part of this webinar it is necessary to register. 

2] Theme of the Month / Critiquing Your Photos - May 26th:

On Tuesday, May 26th, beginning at 7:00 pm,  there will be an online meeting.  

The first part of the meeting will display your Theme of Month: Travel / Place photos.  You will have the opportunity to tell us a bit about your photo [ where it was shot, "the story" surrounding the pic, ... ].    

The second part of the meeting will be hosted by Nils Taylor.  Nils, son of John Taylor,  is an experienced film producer living in California.  He has worked in the film industry for the last decade, both is production and teaching.  Nils will critique your photos, thereby giving you the opportunity to receive valuable and informative feedback from a professional photographer.  If you wish to be involved in Nils' section of the program please send UP TO THREE jpgs to Bill Dixon.  It is suggested that you choose a few of your "all time favorite" photos.  I will forward them to Nils so he will be able to view them prior to the 26th of May.

When you create your emails It would be helpful to send your THEME jpgs in one email and your NILS jpgs in a second email.

Looking forward to seeing your work.

Bill Dixon / John Taylor


From Nils:


My name is Nils Taylor. I am a professor at Saddleback College in Southern California. I would like to invite you Brattleboro Camera Club's first Zoom meeting. In this Zoom meeting, we will be reviewing the theme of the month photographs.

In order to participate in the meeting, please click the link below. You will be directed to Zoom’s website which will guide you through setting up your particular computer or device.

Topic: Brattleboro Camera Club - Zoom Meeting

Time: May 26, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 


Nils Taylor

Meeting Minutes: 9 March 2020


April meeting is cancelled


The Brattleboro Camera Club met on March 9th.  Below is an outline of the agenda. 

Sunderland Library Exhibit:
John Taylor outlined the upcoming photo exhibit.  He will be soliciting club members to determine who is interested in participating.


Mocha Maya Coffee Shop - Shelburne Falls, Ma:
Our club will have a group exhibition at Mocha Maya from August 24th to October 11th.  More information will be forthcoming.


NECCC Color Print Competition:
Roger Turner presented the annual NECCC print competition.  The comments from the adjudicator were very positive and constructive.  We wish to send our congratulations to Donald Miller for his 3rd place finish.  His photo of a winter scene was highly praised by the judge.


Theme of the Month - Green:
We had 23 examples of Green. 


Inter-Club Digital Competition Winter 2020:

Congratulations to Paul Birner for his award of Honorable Mention in this very competitive competition.  


Meeting MInutes: 10 February 2020

The Brattleboro Camera Club held their monthly meeting at the Vermont Center for Photography on February 10th.  There were 13 members in attendance.

NECCC Digital Commentary:

The "Nature" commentary of this annual review was shown.  There was general agreement that the Nature commentator was more "gentle" with his comments and suggestions.  Due to the length of the program the "Open" commentary was not shown.  Anyone wishing to hear this can bring a thumb drive to the March meeting and Bill will transfer the program to his/her drive.

NECCC InterClub Digital Competition - Spring, 2020:

The spring interclub digital entries should be sent to Bill by March 10th.  There are two sections, Nature and Open.  Each member can submit one jpg to each category.

NECCC InterClub Digital Competition - Winter, 2020: 

The results of the winter competition have been received.  If you wish to see the submissions from all the participating NECCC clubs please go to

Below are the entries from our club:

 John Taylor
 Linda Sperry
 Donald Miller
 Tom Singleton 

 John Walsh
 Cyndee Meese  - Honorable Mention
 Lee Lloyd
 Paul Birner - Honorable Mention 


NECCC Conference 2020 - Complementary Entry:  NOTE: The conference has been postponed until 2021!

In July the annual conference is held at UMass Amherst.  Each club is allowed to have one Complementary Entry.  Here are the general guidelines:
Candidates must be at least eighteen years of age as of July 1, 2020 
Candidates must be a member of an NECCC member club whos dues are paid for the current year 
Candidates must have never attended a previous NECCC conference

 the enrollment co-pay of $40.00 [ paid by the member, not BCC ] covers only the registration fee. The recipient will be responsible for their own room & meals. 
 Enrollment will open on January 1, 2020 and will be completed by March 1, 2020 

If you are interested in submitting your name as a candidate to represent our club at this conference please forward me your name by February 27th.  

For a full description of the rules see the attachment below.

Inter-Club Print Competition - Spring 2020:

Just a heads-up that the spring print entries [ black-and-white / color ] must be in Roger Turner's hands by March 25th.


Theme of the Month - Hearts:

John Walsh 
Linda Sperry 
Paul Birner 
Sean Kelley 
Paul Miller 


What;s On for the Future:

Bratteboro Camera Club:

March: Roger Turner will present the NECCC Print Commentary.
April: Karl Jacobson will do a workshop / presentation on the use of artificial lights in portrait photography.  NOTE: The April meeting has been cancelled.
May: Frank Ward will show prints and talk about his photographic projects in states associated with the former Soviet Union.
June: Local photographer and long time VCP member Judy Unger Clark will talk about her photographic work. [ tentative ]

Crowell Gallery, Newfane Free Library:

Bill Dixon will have an exhibition at the Crowell Gallery during the month of March.  Photos will be of "Bees, Beehives, and Beekeepers of the NorthEast".  There will be an opening reception at the Crowell from 5 - 7 on Friday, March 6th.  Below is information on exhibit dates and gallery hours:

March 3rd - 28th (during library hours)
Artist Reception Friday, March 6th, from 5 - 7 pm 
Crowell Art Gallery at the Moore Free Library
23 West Street, Newfane, Vermont
**Tues. Thurs. 1-5pm, Wed. 2-6pm, Fri. 2-8pm, Sat. 10-2pm.  


Meeting Minutes: 13 January 2020

The Brattleboro Camera Club met on January 13th at the Vermont Center for Photography. 

Gill Tavern: 

The owner of the Gill Tavern wishes to have our photos collected from the restaurant.  John Taylor has picked them up and they are presently stored at his home.  Please arrange to get your photos from John.  You can pick them up at his home [ 133 Barton Rd., Greenfield : 413-478-3960 : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ] or at our February meeting in Brattleboro. 

Sunderland Library: 

John is working with the Sunderland Library to organize a club exhibition.  Below is a copy of a note from the librarian: 


"Hi John,

We absolutely accept group shows, and have had several in the past that have been very successful. The number of pieces we can display is completely dependent on the size of the photographs and frames, but we have had shows with 30 pieces in them. We would also accept multiple applications from the same group, but for different shows, so it would work well if the group wants to split up to offer more photographs from each artist.

Right now we the gallery is available for shows in July & August and November & December, or any time in 2021."


There will be more details from John at our February meeting. 


Worcester Art Museum Photo Exhibit: 

This photo exhibition leaves the Worcester Museum on February 16th.  Please note that members of the Vermont Center for Photography have free entrance to the Museum. 

"Photo Revolution: Andy Warhol to Cindy Sherman" ; see the Museum website for details. 


NECCC B&W Print Competition:

Roger Turner presented the prints from this annual judged NECCC competition.  There were approximately twenty prints from various camera clubs in New England.  BCC had three entries: Donald Miller, The Sacrifice; Roger Turner, Corporate Farming; Bill Dixon, The Real Bill [ no relation ].  Bill's portrait of the Brattleboro exercise fanatic, who goes by the name The Real Bill, received first prize.


Theme of the Month:

Nine club members participated in theme "Anticipation".  


Next Meeting:

 The next club meeting will be held on February 10th at VCP.