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Photography club features Alec Johnson

Photographer Alec Johnson will speak about the technique of light painting April 17 at The Phipps. Submitted photo

Alec Johnson will be the speaker at a mid-month meeting of the Western Wisconsin Photography Club at 6:30 p.m. April 17 at The Phipps Center for the Arts. Johnson's talk will feature a series of bold and unique images using the technique of light painting - lighting a subject with a flashlight one detail at a time with a flashlight - and then compositing those frames of light to build a finished image. Each image is its own case study, creating an engaging, lively and educational discussion.

Johnson is a full-time tenured professor at the University of Saint Thomas in St. Paul. He is also a freelance architecture photographer and award-winning fine art photographer. He was an exhibitor of the international juried show, "The Portrait" at Praxis Photo Arts Center December 2018. Earlier in 2018, he was accepted in the Minnesota State Fair Art Exhibition and received the Jennifer and William Oliver award for "unique, innovative and unusual" work of art. Johnson is a Singh Ray Filters pro photographer, and is represented by the Sterling Art Gallery in Silver City, New Mexico. His current projects include Outside The Arena, a series featuring the pre-competition ritual of rodeo riders, and a studio series titled Comfortable, a study of space, color and shape in the context of 60's era comfort food, furniture and table settings. Johnson regularly serves as judge for area camera club competitions, and is a frequent guest speaker and workshop leader for numerous organizations throughout Minnesota and Western Wisconsin.

The club is a group of photography enthusiasts of all ages, interests, and abilities and is a member of the Twin Cities Area Council of Camera Clubs and the North Central Camera Club Council. Meetings are both social and educational; they are held on the first Wednesday of every month, 6:30 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts. Additional special meetings are also scheduled to accommodate speakers, hands-on workshops, and group shooting opportunities. The public is welcome to attend meetings or to become a member. For further information, please visit the club's website at