Our next meeting will be on Tuesday October 10th at 6:30pm via zoom.


This month will feature a talk on alternative printing by Certified Professional Photographer Dale Joyce. 

Joyce is a fine art print maker and commercial photographer residing on Swan’s Island, Maine. The presentation is open to the public and will be held in person at Northeast Harbor Library, as well as on Zoom.  Those interested in attending online should send an email to contact@mdiphotoclub.org to get the Zoom link.

Joyce’s talk will cover the history of and methods for popular alternative printing (old school photographic) techniques, including platinum/palladium, cyanotype, salted paper, gum bichromate, and carbon transfer printing. These techniques can be applied to both digital and film photographs.  Samples of the various prints will be available for viewing.

Joyce’s first forays into photography were with the Kodak 35mm Pony camera his grandmother originally bought for a trip to Europe. Through his teen years, he developed a keen eye for how the interplay of light and shadow can make a good photograph great. Although Joyce works in digital formats, he much prefers the art of developing his own film from medium- and large-format cameras, and is a passionate proponent of alternative “old school” developing techniques.

Apart from his work, Dale spends time renovating his Swan’s Island house built in 1864. The converted garage now serves as a public gallery, Harbor View Studio, where he shares his art with locals and vacationers.  He lives with his fiancee/business partner (Jennifer), two children, and a 4 pound dog who rules the roost.  Dale and Jennifer also own and manage the only motel on the island, the Harbor Watch Inn. 


September’s assignment, should you choose to participate, is “Up Close“.

Get close and personal with your subject as an exercise in viewing a common object in a new way and examining its finer details.

Choose an object that you see or interact with every day and focus on a small part of it, getting as close as your camera will allow you to focus, and shoot away.

Consider capturing different angles or unusual lighting to add to the mystery of this tiny world. Or alternatively, purposefully throw the subject out of focus to see what interesting abstracts develop.