The judge for May is Jan Lightfoot

My love of photography began in the fourth grade with my Brownie camera during a field trip to a
California Mission. Capturing pictures on film, taking it to the drugstore and two weeks later, picking up

twelve blurry black and white photos with ragged edges was thrilling. Now, retired after 18 years of self-
employment, photography continues to fascinate me and has naturally evolved into my passion. It has

helped to define who I am today. Although never formally trained, I have always been involved with
photography in one form or another. Transitioning from my own darkroom in high school, I joined the
Idaho Statesman newspaper photography staff, and worked in custom color printing labs both in Idaho
and California. Later I became a Certified Photographic Counselor through PMA and manager of
Wentling’s Camera in Walnut Creek, CA while raising my two daughters. In 2012, I had my first solo
gallery showing at Viewpoint Photographic Gallery in Sacramento, CA and have received numerous
awards through competitions and juried shows.
Currently, I am the Organizer for Exploring Photography, an online photography Meetup group with
nearly 900 members. I am also a member of the Sierra Camera Club and the Gold Rush Chapter of PSA. I
have also been a judge for the 2013 Gold Rush International Exhibition in Sacramento and will be
judging Nature at the San Joaquin International in March of 2015. Examples of my photographic
portfolios can be seen at

Philosophy: My own images tend to reflect a long association with classic and traditional
compositions, having adopted a ‘less is more’ vision. I try to incorporate this philosophy into practically
everything I shoot. Searching for the essence of the subject, or that ephemeral quality that is not always
obvious, is what I strive to capture; and in doing so, to create that connection with the viewer that
touches them emotionally.
Based on this philosophy, I have had occasions to provide critiques and/or mentoring for photographers, which I
usually do one-on-one. My philosophy has always been to provide the maker of an image with honest, positive
feedback. I stress the importance that a critical, yet constructive analysis can be a valuable tool to learn to see
creatively, build a portfolio, or acquire a better understanding of photography. My ultimate goal in judging is to
help other photographers find expression through their own style of photography.

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