Click646 celebration continues to grow
Greenwood’s Click646 photography celebration returns for a fourth year with a day packed with workshops, presentations, exhibits and music. This year, Click646 features the addition of an Ocktoberfest celebration that organizer jon holloway hopes will become an annual event.
Activities take place on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Arts Center at the Federal Building, sundance gallery and Meridian Studios on Maxwell Avenue, and outside on Oregon Avenue. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. with coffee at the Arts Center. Following throughout the day will be workshops, opportunities to meet the keynote speaker, exhibits and presentations.
Click646 gets its name from 29646, one of Greenwood’s zip codes. The event is both a celebration of the photograph and a recognition of the power of the photograph to inspire thought, conversation and action relating to world issues.
National Geographic photographer Robb Kendrick will headline this year’s Click646 event with a keynote presentation from 4-6 p.m. at the Arts Center. Kendrick’s true passion has become wet-plate photography, a historic photo technique used during the mid-19th century. The tintype photos made with the wet-plate process are each one of a kind, as they are all handmade from start to finish. He is also working in daguerreotype, ultra-large format and combining audio and video with his tintype imagery. His most recent wet-plate project documents the working cowboy in 14 Western States, Mexico and Canada for National Geographic. The photos are collected in a new book “Still: Cowboys at the Start of the 21st Century.” Another recent book is titled “Changelings,” a collection of Mexican mummies photographed on tintype. Kendrick's first book of tintypes was “Revealing Character,” which is also a touring exhibition that is being featured at eight major museums in the U.S.
Kendrick’s presentation will be preceded by a short introduction of the South Carolina Rivers Project, “Web of Water,” featuring renowned South Carolina conservation photographers: jon holloway, Tom Blagden, Ben Keys and Clay Bolt. This unique project was initiated by holloway with Upstate Forever with the goal of using fine art photography to highlight the beauty, fragility and critical importance of the Saluda-Reedy watershed and Lake Greenwood. The project explores the state of the watershed from the headwaters of the Saluda and Reedy rivers to their culmination in Lake Greenwood.
A multimedia show of “Web of Water” will be displayed during a reception at sundance gallery, from 6-10 p.m. According to Holloway, an exhibit and fine arts book of the watershed images are planning for 2013 with all proceeds to benefit efforts of the Saluda-Reedy Watershed Consortium.
Renowned Washington D.C. photographer John Harrington will offer two workshops: “From Speedlight to Strobe Kit – Lighting Solutions for (most) Every Situation,” from 9-11 a.m. at the Arts Center; and “Negotiating with Clients and Best Business Practices for Photographers,” from 1-3 p.m. at the Arts Center. His workshops are made possible by the support of the ASMP Foundation and the South Carolina Chapter of ASMP.
Professional photographer, master fine art printer and gallery owner Hal Looney of Brevard, N.C., will offer a fine art printing presentation from 1-3 p.m. at sundance gallery. Topics will include: optimizing and preparing images to print; print protocols through Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop; recommendations for papers, canvas and printers; and some how-to’s on canvas printing, laminating, and stretching. Participants will have the opportunity to print a 12-by-18 inch image of their choice utilizing an Epson Pro Printer. The workshop is sponsored by All Square and Epson.
“Click646 is about sharing the world, creating concern for the environment through the use of photography, and engaging youth to make a difference,” says holloway. Photography students and faculty from across the state are encouraged to participate in Click646’s annual exhibit and competition. An awards ceremony for the exhibit will be held at 3 p.m. at the Arts Center and a reception will be from 6-10 p.m.
A new event for Click646, Oktoberfest will serve as a festive wrap up of the day’s activities. Beginning at 6 p.m. on Oregon Avenue, Oktoberfest will feature music, food, beer and more. The band Red Wanting Blue will be perform, German food will be sold by local restaurants including Polos, Pascals, R3 and Stumps, and Howard’s will sell German beer.
Dates and information:
Oct. 6: Click646 and Ocktoberfest celebration. Most events that are part of Click646 are free of charge but there is a charge for the workshops. Costs and information is available at 864-227-1188, www.click646.org