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March 2013-AV Group Report

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We were extremely lucky to have Barb Butler as our presenter at the AV group meeting in February. She showed us 14 of her wonderful creations spanning many years of participation in Audiovisual production. One of her AVs ‘A Place for Reflection’ was recently awarded a Bronze Medal at the XXXIII Pomeranian Meeting with Diaporama in Poland.

Tonight’s challenge was ‘Portrait (People/Animal)’ and we saw 4 new presentation on this topic: ‘Katy’s Journey’ by Don Weston, ‘The Portrait – Mr Montgomery’ by Colin Hunter, ‘Tattoo’ by Wolf Marx and ‘Gorilla Portraits’ by Ruth Goldwasser. Our new club member Diana Close also brought her AV ‘Peonies’ which we enjoyed viewing.

Charles Hulse, an international award winning AV maker from Adelaide kindly allowed us to watch his wonderful presentation ‘Uprising’ which was also shown at the recent Adelaide International AV Festival. It is a moving story of the fight for freedom and liberation of Hungary in 1956 from control by the Soviet Union.

Our next meeting will be on May 8th where we will view more award winning AVs from the Adelaide Festival and on July 17th we have our next AV challenge ‘60’ to coincide with the 60th anniversary of our camera club. We look forward to watching the creative way that members interpret this topic.

Ruth Goldwasser ruthgcenter-fotoandfun@yahoo.com.au

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Special Guest Speaker – Barb Butler

“Barb Butler fell in love with Audiovisuals (AV) about 15 years ago but was not in a position to either afford or carry all the analogue equipment required. Once the digital AV became a possibility, Barb started to get involved.

After a bit of dipping the toes in the water, and during a period of recuperation from major surgery, Barb really settled in to making AVs. As a Macintosh worker she was hampered by the lack of opportunity to show AVs made on a Mac and set about to correct this situation. That lead to taking on the role of Chair of AV Division in APS and also chairing the VAPS AV Sub Committee.

A visit to the International Festival in Adelaide in 2007 was so revealing as to what can be done with a good story, images and audio and she was hooked. With no formal training, Barb has been inspired by the work of people from the UK and Europe, and believes that exposing oneself to as many AVs as possible is the best way to learn. AVs take time and patience, but are just so rewarding.” Barb Butler

This special evening for club members will be held on Wednesday, February 20th 2013 at 7.30pm in my home in North Balwyn.

To reserve a place, please RSVP to ruthgcenter-fotoandfun@yahoo.com.au

Ruth Goldwasser ……………… AV Group Convenor

Australia Day in Pretoria

Audience in Pretoria judging our AVs on Australia Day