Melanie Lewert is our judge for the February competition - February 3rd 2020

Taking pictures since she received her first camera in 1969, a Kodak Brownie Holiday, she became enamored with capturing the world on film. In college she purchased her first 35mm camera—Minolta 370—and found that she had a great eye for black and white. Until she moved onto a digital camera, years later, all of her work was in black and white—enjoying the use of contrast and shadows to tell her story. Since going to digital she has found a photographic voice that is unique unto her. She has won a number of ribbons and has shown her work in several shows, outside of her club’s annual exposition. Photography is more than a hobby for her, it’s a passion—the way she can capture and celebrate life. 

Melanie is a member of the Photographic Society of America (PSA), Milpitas Camera Club (MCC), Fremont Art Association Digital Photographic Group (FAADPG), and Fremont Photographic Society (FPS). 


When I look at a photograph I wonder why the photographer took the picture and what they wanted to say—what’s the “story” behind the picture? There are a lot of photographs out there, but most don’t make you see or feel what the photographer saw and felt when they took the photo—a good photograph does all that and more.


Alison Brooks is our judge for the March Competition - March 2nd 2020

I have been involved in photography for the last twenty-five years. As a primarily self-taught artist, I began in the black and white darkroom producing my first images using “old fashioned” wet techniques. I progressed through color processing and printing and on to digital darkroom methods. Despite the availability of current technology, I still prefer working in the traditional darkroom, especially for black and white images. 

For the last twelve years of my photography career, I have been the owner/operator of Negative Space Photography. During that time I produced countless images for customers and instructed hundreds in darkroom and general photography techniques. I have continually produced my own artistic images during this time, and plan to pursue fine art photography indefinitely. My “tools of the trade” include everything from 35mm to 4x5 field cameras. I have photographed with microscopes, telescopes, kaleidoscopes and pinhole cameras, and I have often said that if anyone can figure out how to attach a lens to a kitchen sink, I will doubtless try that also. 


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